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A Joyful Morning Cheerio

by RACHEL MCDONALD YANAC GOD'S GOODNESS Contentment Praise Spiritual wellness
A Joyful Morning Cheerio
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“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Psalms 103:1-5

I woke up the other morning in my childhood bedroom and heard a robin sing “cheerio” for the first time in my life. It’s not like I had never heard robins sing before; they were just so common in Ohio that I never paid attention to the beauty of their song. But this time was different. Displaced by the pandemic, the two months we planned on staying with my parents had already stretched into nine, and we still didn’t know when we could go home. It was easy to feel frustrated, or to let discouragement color my days. But the robin’s “cheerio” pulled me from my pondering and replaced my questions with a quick recounting of God’s goodness over the past several months. 

  • We spent the end of last summer with family in the U.S. enjoying all of the summer fun that we usually miss out on because that’s our busiest time of year in Peru.  

  • Our boys had the unexpected privilege of attending the local Christian school for an entire year, which was a blessing to all of us as they work their way through junior high.  

  • I have been greatly encouraged by participating in not one, but three women’s Bible studies (in my own language!) during the year. 

  • We marveled at the amazing beauty of each changing season in the northern hemisphere. 

  • We’re close enough to family that we’ve been able to spend quality time with five new children who joined my sister’s family in the fall. It wouldn’t have been the same trying to get to know them on Zoom! 

As I lay there in bed listening to the robin sing his joyful morning “cheerio,” I thanked God for the reminder to count my blessings - both the big ones and the small. Yes, God forgives my sins, heals me, and redeems me from the pit. He also satisfies my desires with good things, which on this beautiful spring morning meant waking to the robin’s song.

Closing Prayer
Thank You, Father, for the many blessings You bring to my life, starting with a robin singing “cheerio” outside my bedroom window. When You satisfy my desires with these small things, I know that I can trust You with the big things, too. May my soul praise You today and every day!
Song: Goodness of God (Reggae Cover) by Semisi Rasivo Well-known song with an international flair. It’s so good to hear people from all over the world sing of God’s goodness and his blessings!
Song: Count Your Blessings by Kaoma Chende Well-known song with an international flair. It’s so good to hear people from all over the world sing of God’s goodness and his blessings!
Question for Reflection

In the midst of some of the “bigger” moments in life (a pandemic, changed plans, illness, moving to a new location, etc.), it's so easy to forget to praise God for all of the small blessings, like the “cheerio” of my robin. Take a minute right now to list three of the small blessings that prove to you that “He satisfies YOUR desires with good things.”

Rachel McDonald Yanac
May 11, 2022

1. My eighth-grade son is writing his first research paper - and doing a great job! (I feared he would always be stuck between two languages, without mastering either one well.)
2. Seeing gorgeous redbud blooms covered in a late April snow - and watching the snow melt by the end of the day without harming any of the plants.
3. Chocolate cherry nut truffle ice cream!