What are you doing in the morning?

           Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice…”
Shelia Walsh confesses that she is not a morning person. She writes, in an article from last year, that she used to “…crawl out of bed, check that our son was up and in the shower, turn on the television to the morning news, and make myself a cup of coffee.”

She said that wasn’t a bad way to start the day, but she’s found a much better way.
In fact, the “better way” she discovered has had a huge impact on her life.
It can impact our lives too.

Have you ever considered that the first thing to which we pay attention in the morning will impact our view of the rest of the day? Shelia became aware that the words and images from the TV screen influenced her far more than she had realized.

She discovered, instead, that if the Word of God is the first thing she gives her heart and mind to, she sees everything as under the control of our all-good, all-powerful, and all loving Heavenly Father. She says it is hardly surprising that this new start to her day has had a huge impact on her life, and on the lives of those around her.

I was so happy to read this article. I was so happy to find someone else who liked to begin their day in our Lord’s Presence and in His Word. I was so happy to discover someone else who could express so beautifully the importance of starting our day off in this way. So it leads me to ask you, what are you doing in the morning?

Do you get up and turn on the TV? Or do you just get up, get dressed and rush out the door? Or do you carve out time to be with the One who loves you more than anyone else? If you are in need of some morning divine contact help, Shelia shares these wise words of advice:
“The moment I awake, I say Psalm 143:8 (NIV) to myself … I repeat the verse several times. It’s become a great way to start a day:
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
My love will fall and fail, but God’s love never will.
for I have placed my trust in you.
The psalmist is very intentional here: trusting God is an act of the will.
Show me the way I should go,
I pray, “Show me, Father, which way I should go today.”
for to you I entrust my life.
I say, “My life is Yours, Lord, and I trust You with everything.”
Then I pray these simple words: “Good morning, Lord! I don’t know where You are going today, but wherever You’re going, I’m comin’ with You!” “

Let’s determine to begin our day with Heavenly news, too, and journey together with Him, beginning every morning!