Is Today the Day? ~ Guest Post by J.D. Wininger

As this edition of Gallagher’s Pen goes out, Diane and I are wrapping up a pilgrimage that is unquestionably the trip of a lifetime for both of us. We’ve been blessed to be in the land that Jesus called home during His physical presence here on this earth. The experience has been transformational for us, and our prayer is that it will greatly impact all that we do in the years ahead. We want everyone to know what we’ve seen, heard, and felt. but in more ways than showing our pictures and talking about the various sites we visited. We have no desire to sound like we’re narrating some kind of religious travelog. Our experience was so much more than that, and we are praying that the things we’ve heard and seen will permeate all that we do in a way that draws others to Jesus. 

Meanwhile, our dear author friend and treasured brother in Christ, J.D. Wininger, has graciously agreed to bless us with another lesson or two from his Cross-Dubya ranch. Please pray that God will continue to bless, strengthen, encourage, and inspire this man of God as he presents God’s truth in ways that are clear and personally compelling, just like he does with the post that follows here . . .  


One of my favorite parts of the day is when I lift my head upon the completion of my Daily Prayer List. I’m always emboldened when I look out the east-facing window across the room. As the first vestiges of daybreak greet me, a great peace envelops me. One that I interpret as God’s way of saying “prayers heard”. Some mornings are silver-gray or overcast, while others are glorious and filled with color. However morning presents itself, I sigh and ask the same question; “Is today the Day Lord?”

On this morning, the sky remains a soft violet (high), transitioning to a mixture of pinks and oranges, then sinking back into darkness near ground level. The sky promises a day full of warm sunshine to help the spring forages reach upward. Rain or shine, our grasses and legumes need both to ensure they reach their full potential. Something analogous about that to our Christian journey in faith, isn’t there?

Back to my original question; but in my defense, it’s easy to get distracted when you’re surrounded by God’s peaceful natural world with all its quiet beauty. I don’t think my question is out of the ordinary or strange. In fact, I think every Christian should ask that question as they begin each day. Doing so allows me to live with anticipation of my eternal, glorified life to come. “Is today the day Lord” isn’t hoping for the end of mankind as some are wont to claim. It is hoping for the return of what mankind was always meant to be.

I suspect that Christian or not, every human wants a life of peace, security, and joyfulness; one free of anger, hatred, hurt, pain, suffering, and grief. The difference is that some are not yet willing to sacrifice their own selfish desires to receive what it freely given to them. Yet. I call that a “Faith Word”. Yet gives us hope for what can be; it is the impetus to continue striving to reach our goal. What is now called the science of humanism is something I grew up knowing as selfishness and deception. It is another of Satan’s tricks to deceive man into thinking he can be his own God.

Humanism, as defined by the Oxford Languages Dictionary, is “an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.” Well, just look around at the world since humanism first started coming into vogue again in the 1950s. I think we can put this one in the “bad idea column,” too.

So why do I ask God the same question each day? There’s a part of me longing for this “Human Race” to be over. Not life, as in humans, should become extinct, but all the striving, failure, disappointment, and pain that we each face in our human lives. In my life, I can say the good (love, companionship, friendship, joy, etc.) outweighs the bad (illness, disease, suffering, heartache), but I desire complete freedom from the bad. I want life as God designed it to be.

Aside from the overwhelming feeling that we are on the precipice of Christ’s return for His bride, my question speaks of my heart’s great desire. I long to stand in the presence of almighty God. Moving from an inward relationship, whereupon He lives within my soul, into one where I can hold His hand and walk alongside Him on the shores of heaven. My question stems from the title of an old, but near and dear hymn, “Standing on the Promises.” Explained best by God’s word, I ask my question each morning to invite God into every aspect of my life on this day. It is when I surrender my life to Him that He uses me in His service and not my selfish human desires.

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the
knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as
His divine power has given to us all things
that pertain to life and godliness, through the
knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
by which have been given to us exceedingly
great and precious promises, that through
these you may be partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the
world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:2-4, NKJV)

I pray you, too, can stand on the promises of God and live out your days on this earth fully surrendered to Him. Your best life is the one given to and controlled by God.

God’s blessings,

J.D. Wininger

A Personal Note from Ron and Diane . . . 

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For Diane and me, J.D. Wininger is more than an award-winning writer and speaker who teaches compelling lessons about faith and writes heartfelt devotionals and books to glorify God. He’s also our friend, a trusted brother in Christ, and a continual source of encouragement and inspiration. J.D. has written for national magazines, CBN.com, Lighthouse Bible Studies, and contributed to several books. When not working his Texas ranch, he and his wife (also Diane) share God’s love in surrounding communities. We strongly encourage each of you to consider joining them on Wednesday mornings to see what God’s been doing Around the Cross-Dubya  Website: https://jdwininger.com/.

About Ron Gallagher, Ed.S

Author, Speaker, Bible Teacher, Humorist, Satirist, Blogger ... "Right Side Up Thinking ~ In an Upside Down World" For Ron's full bio, go to GallaghersPen.com/about/
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6 Responses to Is Today the Day? ~ Guest Post by J.D. Wininger

  1. I love the deep thinking J.D. shares. We should live every day as if this was the day we would meet Christ. Thanks Ron and J.D. and I hope your trip is wonderful, Ron!

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    • I’m so sorry for the very late “Amen!” re the deep thinking that J.D. engages in and then shares with the rest of us. He has been a blessing to us in many ways since we first connected with him, and his help during our pilgrimage to Israel has been priceless. We look forward to sharing some of our experiences there as the weeks unfold and hope you’ll consider checking them out. In any case, God bless you for your gracious and encouraging response, and may He make you fruitful in all that you do.

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  2. Our best life happens when we fully surrender to God and His will for us, J. D. “Is today the day?” What a wonderful way to greet the Lord each morning. It is a phrase full of expectation and hope, infused with acknowledgement that God is ever present and will always be there to hear our prayers.
    Blessings!

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    • God bless you for your faithful encouragement, Martha. Diane and I have been like zombies for the past couple of days following an incredible, but very physically challenging two weeks in Israel. I’m sorry to be so late acknowledging your gracious response, but as always, I deeply appreciate hearing from you and pray that God will continue to stir hearts and touch lives for Jesus.

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  3. JD Wininger says:

    To read this just minutes after asking God this very question was a special treat for me indeed Mr. Ron. Thank you again for allowing me to share with your audience in your stead my friend. I pray I’ve not disappointed too much. Prayers for a wonderful wrap-up to your trip, a safe journey home, and lots of rest for your weary knees when you get home. Tell them (your knees) that your heart out-voted them. God’s blessings sir.

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    • Please forgive me for being so incredibly tardy in getting back to you, J.D. It has taken a while to rejuvenate and regroup after being up for nearly two days trying to get home. Diane and I were pretty ragged when we finally got home. We hardly remember Saturday, and Sunday were both still like zombies, so other than church Sunday morning, not much got done. With the last minute COVID glitch and the chaos that followed not being able to board our flight, having your help for another week was priceless. We loved and appreciated you already, but this week took it to new levels. The pilgrimage was all that we prayed it would be and much, much more. It was tough on us (me) physically, but so very worth every effort. Again, may the unmistakeable blessing of God rest on you for your willingness to add even more to your plate than usual.

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