Devotional,  Encouragement,  Fighting Fear

Today is Going to be a Good Day {Day 20}

{Day 20}

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.

My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

~ John 10:10 NLT {Emphasis added}


Oh, please reread that last sentence that Jesus said above one more time.

I’ll wait.

How cool is it that Christ wants to give us a satisfying life?

But honestly, I struggled to wrap my brain around this verse, especially during one Thanksgiving holiday when my husband discovered a rather odd bump on his body. Of course, my mind hopped to the dreaded C-word after I looked up the warning signs on WebMD. Each day I obsessed, wanting to know what was going on. This is the part that upsets me the most, because all that worrying only stole joy from my life until months later when the bump mysteriously disappeared.

This situation reminds me how the thief loves to steal our happiness whenever we allow him to wiggle his way into our thoughts. Consider this. If we have Christ’s power within us, how do we shove aside anxious feelings when we are under attack?

I have a tactic you may want to try for the remainder of our devotionals. With your pen and journal in hand, I’d like for you to write this phrase along the top of each entry:

“Today is going to be a good day.”

I know.

If you feel cruddy right now, this may sound like an odd sentence to write.

Trust me. The alternative to these words are easier to jot down. We either rattle off our discomfort like the rest of the world, or start to believe that He desires to give us a fulfilling life. And the best way to do this is by starting our day thinking optimistically.

In a way, we are training our brain to seek out His goodness in our circumstances.

Yes. This is your cheerleader, nudging you the best way I know how. Even if right now you want to cry your eyes out, that’s really okay. Crying is normal, biblical, and healthy (2).

Please never feel guilty about those tears.

After that much needed release of pent-up tension, do yourself a favor and adopt this method of speaking the positive each morning. Jesus wants to give us that satisfying life, but first we have to do our part by believing this is true. Even if those negative voices tell us varying tales of how life will unfold, I’d like to remind you that you’re a survivor, and today you’re listening to His promise.

So, right now repeat out loud:

“Today is going to be a good day.”

Now, start searching for those optimistic moments from the last 24 hours. When you spot them, begin your journal the next morning writing out your “good day” revelations where God showed up in a gratifying way.

We hush the enemy’s ramblings by highlighting the truth, so we can live that satisfying life Jesus promised.


The thief steals.

Jesus gives.

The Bible says so.




What is the enemy trying to steal from you?


Pray and ask God to remind you of one good moment you’ve experienced in the last 24 hours:



“This study, published in the Journal of Research in Personalityexamined a group of 90 undergraduate students who were split into two groups. The first group wrote about an intensely positive experience each day for three consecutive days. The second group wrote about a control topic. Three months later, the students who wrote about positive experiences had better mood levels, fewer visits to the health center, and experienced fewer illnesses.”

~ James Clear, Huffington Post, Thoughts Build Your Skills, Boost Your Health,

and Improve Your Work


“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”

~Psalm 56:8 NLT


“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

~ Psalm 118:24 NLT


“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and

peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope

through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

~ Romans 15:13 NLT


“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies

of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil

 rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world,

and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every

piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the

time of evil…Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth,”

~ Ephesians 6:11-13b NLT



Please let me know your thoughts on this devotional. Is there something you would change? Or, did you find a typo? If so, please comment below, and I’ll include your name in my acknowledgement section of this 30 Day Devotional for the Newly Diagnosed, from a (Former) Professional Patient.

You guys are amazing!

In His hands (praise Jesus!),


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  • Laura Bennet

    Amen! Yes, this is the day the Lord has made so I will choose to be glad and rejoice in it! Even when I’m in pain or limited, I can praise him and make it a good day. Thank you, Dabney. Another excellent post!

  • Dabney Hedegard

    Sweet friend, I feel like God just spoke through you! I literally had this verse listed at the end, but took it off because I felt like I had too many! But this is such a precious verse!! Thank you!! I’m giving you a cyber-hug!! ?

  • Brenda

    There are people who live for the poor me parties so they do not want what God has to offer, even the Christians.

    I equate this to why work for 350.00 a week when it is easier to collect 600.00 a week to be poor.

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