Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to you. –Psalm 143:8
The first hour or two of my morning can make or break my entire day. It’s akin to getting off on the right foot. Making a good impression.
I am NOT a morning person. I don’t naturally jump out of the bed with a smile on my face. A smile from me in the morning must be earned. I so wish I was different, but I’m just not. I’m a grump. Which is why I have to get up earlier than the kids; so by the time I’m waking them up, the grumpiness has subsided. Even still, if I don’t start my morning off right, my day can be doomed to ‘the glass is half empty’ mentality.
I have found starting my day off with time alone with God. Reading His word. Singing songs of praise to Him. Calling to Him in prayer. Changes my outlook.
I know, I know, you have heard this over and over. Everybody says this. Maybe, like me, you are a grump in the mornings. You cherish and need your sleep. Your mornings are total, hectic; chaos. You are just doing good to get to school and work on time. I completely understand this reasoning because it was exactly what my answer was when presented with the morning quiet time idea.
But even the Bible recognizes the importance of us being in touch with God each morning. Our need to feel His love. His presence. Before starting our day. It changes your perspective. Once I finally gave in and tried it, I realized quickly, I cannot do without it. Starting my day off with God’s promises. His encouragement. It’s as necessary as brushing my teeth and combing my hair.
It’s preparation of my soul for the day ahead.
And some days are so hard, those words, those promises, just may be the only thing you have to cling to before the day is through.
Starting your day off with the Almighty helps guide your steps. It shows obedience and dependence on Him. It allows you to draw your strength from him….first thing. Why wait until we are in a crisis to call to Him? That is not God’s plan for our relationship with Him.
As Christians, we desperately need that time each day with God. So He can show us His way. His direction. His love. Our journey is in vain if it’s not for Him. We are to give ourselves to Him. Not part of us. Not just on Sunday mornings. We are to give ALL of ourselves to Him. We are to lean on Him daily. Communicate with Him daily. Worship Him daily.
“The experts” say it only takes 30 days to create a new habit. Why not start today? This morning, I challenge you to
find time, no MAKE TIME to spend with God. Trust Him by giving yourself to Him. All of you. Spend time each morning meditating on His word. Speaking with Him in prayer. Turn on those worship songs and sing from your heart to Him. You will be surprised, even shocked, at the difference our God can make.
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