Several months ago our Pastor commented during a sermon, that he prays to commit himself anew to the Lord, before getting up each morning.
That struck home with me. If the truth were shared, I most often wake up prone to feeling burdened or to feel sorry for myself. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you wake up full of enthusiasm for the day ahead. Not me.
The old adage is true: the most important person we lead is ourselves. And for me, I’ve also found that the most important battle I face, is the one I face first thing in the morning. Those first few minutes, those first couple of hours are crucial!
- Each morning I need to centre my mind on my Lord again.
- I need to remember again His love and care for me, that He ‘rejoices over me with singing’! Zephaniah 3:17
- I need to remember again His provision for every one of my needs:
- for enough time for the important stuff,
- for encouragements that He knows even my thoughts,
- that He knows all and cares – about my husband, kids, grandkids, and dear friends.
- And I need to remember that he has plans! Not only concerning my life, but also concerning the wider world: the things that I’d been thinking about the day before, in various parts of the world where the prayers of Christians are needed.
My spirit returns to its proper alignment. The problems that weighed me down, robbed my joy and energy, are now seen from my Father’s perspective. What a difference that makes!
“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek Thee” I’ve learned that this is a must for me. Psalm 63:1
But of course, these few minutes before getting up each day can’t replace specific time in reading and meditating in the Scriptures, and in prayer and intercession.
And they can’t replace those times when I find myself sliding into overwhelm with some problem, and realize I need to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5
But the discipline of re-aligning my spirit first thing each day, or as Paul writes, using the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit Ephesians 6:10 ff- this practice has brought victory, joy, and confidence into my days.
Try it! “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek Thee”