Daily Drill

There was a time in my life when I heard the whispers of God deep in my soul,  “This is your day.  Make it a great day.” 

Busyness had defined many if, not most of my days.  I  failed to see the gift of the day, especially the crazy, busy, crash and burn days.  The narrative had become–“Get it done.”

I was powering through the days with such intensity that I failed to see the value of each and every day.  Before I go on, let me clarify failure.  Because. Failure never has to be a dead-end but rather a beginning of something more.  So.  

Failure is something we’ve done; it’s not who we are.  

It’s a choice to allow failure to teach a lesson and be a catalyst to stepping into the more-of-God.  

My philosophy on failure  is this: I need to own the failure and learn from it.  Yes.   Failure is painful; however,  it teaches powerful lessons, leading to incredible growth.  


I wanted to teach my children what I learned about the gift of the day. The daily drill was simple.  I went into their rooms and sang to them:

 “This is the day, this is the day
That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made
I will rejoice, I will rejoice
And be glad in it, glad in it.”  

(Written by Dolores Mary O’riordan)

You might think this was a lovely, wonderful daily drill.  I will say that my daily effort was received fairly well in the early years; however,  it often  irritated them in their teen years.  Their teenage response went something like this: “Mom. Oh my gosh. Every. Single. Day.” 

 I would smile at them, telling them, “This is your day, a gift from God.”

Then . . . 

My true intent was to drill this magnum truth deep into their soul.   The thing is . . .I believe it was a BIG gift in their life . . . because I see them leaning into this truth every. single. day.  ( I’m still waiting for them to give me a standing ovation for the daily drill.) 

Now . . . 

It’s what the Psalmist wrote:  This is the day the Lord has made.
    We will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24, NLT).

It’s today’s Advent Thought:  The birth of Christ brings celebration of the with-God life to the forefront.  Each and every day is God-made, an amazing gift. 

The daily drill:  “This is the day God has made.  I will rejoice and be glad in it.”  

Today, regardless of the challenges, is your day.  It’s a gift made for you. Make it a great day. –Kerrie

If, you have access to the Salem, Oregon area Joshua and I  hope you will stop by between noon and four at tablethink’s open house on December 16.  For details see https://tablethink.com.  I will keep you updated on my public Facebook page @https://www.facebook.com/kerriecarlislepalmer/

Advent Thoughts: 

  1. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/01/party/ Party.
  2. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/03/surprise-2/. Surprise!  
  3.  https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/04/you-know-2/ Do you know?  (This is long but worth thinking about.) 
  4. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/05/alliswell/.  All Is Well.  
  5. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/06/five-words-and-more/. Five Words . . . And More.
  6. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/07/the-problem-is/ The Problem Is . .
  7. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/08/transparencyandtrust/ Transparency And Trust. 
  8. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/09/red-letter-day/ Red-Letter-Day.
  9. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/10/best-advice-2/ Best Advice. 
  10. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/11/lean-in/ Lean In. 
  11. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/12/not-yet/ Not-yet. 
  12. https://kerrielpalmer.com/2018/12/13/god-is-here/ God Is Here. 

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Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Author: Kerrie Carlisle Palmer

Hi there, I am a Life-Story Teller, Co-Developer of TableThink (https://www.tablethink.com), co-host of TableThink and Think On This Podcasts, Pastor, Church Planter, Founder of Red Door Church. I love to be with my family, friends, and anyone I meet along the way. Two musts are coffee and celebrations. I hope you and I are able to connect soon.