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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Do You Start Your Day With God?

By Jean Dewitt

"Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly." Psalm 5:3 NLT

How do you start your morning? Do you start with quiet time-just you and God? Do you speak to him each morning and bring your requests to him? Do you nourish your spirit through prayer? Or do you just crawl out of bed, get ready for the day and fly out the door?

The first part of your day is foundational to the rest of it. If you start out spiritually, you'll then be ready to face the world and your schedule. But if you start out in a "ready, set, go" mode, then you haven't primed your pump for flowing with God throughout your day. Instead, you've primed your pump with yourself. It's a subtle thing-but not spending any quiet time with God sends a message to your soul that you're the one in control...the captain of your ship, so to speak. So you might want to remember that the waters of life can get pretty rough on any given day. Is your strength and wisdom sufficient?

If you get up fifteen minutes earlier and devote those minutes to prayer, reading the Bible, and seeking God, you'll find your day will go much better. You'll even have an assurance in your soul that "all is well"-no matter what the day brings. Remember, spiritual disciplines are very important, and if you don't develop this one-I dare say, you won't be able to develop others. This is foundational.

If you are not used to morning time with God, just know this-God does not expect you to jump through hoops. If you only start with fifteen minutes a day, that's good. Read the Bible for five minutes, listen to a couple of worship songs, and pray for five minutes. If you don't know how to pray-learn. There are lots of great books that can teach you how to pray.

Perhaps you think it doesn't make a difference if you spend time with God. Prove it to yourself. For one week give God time first thing in the morning (do it while drinking your coffee, God won't mind). The next week, start your day the old way-your way. Take note of the differences in yourself and how you react to things during each day.

First things need to be first. The bottom line is this, God longs to be with you, and he doesn't want your end-of-the-day energy. He deserves your best, which is your first. It's really about him loving you, and you loving him. Express yourself to God. Bring your requests to him each morning. By doing this, you are building a sure foundation every day of your life.

"Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives." Psalm 90:14a NLT

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