First thing in the morning before getting out of bed what do you do? Sometimes I pray if I wake up early and it’s still dark. But most days I pick up my phone, check the time, email, Instagram, Facebook and the weather. If I don’t pay attention I end up staying there for another hour.
First Thing in the Morning
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I could still check my phone before dressing and going downstairs to breakfast. But instead of scrolling through letting the time slip away, I would determine to put it down after checking in with those aforementioned websites. Usually after breakfast I go back upstairs to have a longer period of reading my Bible and praying.
Back in 2015, I wrote the following poem to remind me and encourage others to meet with God before the day begins. If I acknowledge His presence first thing, it helps to set the mood for the day. When I remember that I am His beloved child, that He loves me and will be with me, I am more inclined to have a good attitude throughout the day. It is easier to meet whatever comes my way.
Before the Day Begins
Before starting the day, set your mind at ease.
Al l the busyness can wait while you now rest and breathe.
Spend time with your Father, listening to His voice.
Then look up and face the day with gratitude and joy.
If your heart is heavy, storms raging around,
If you’re lost, scared, or lonely, run straight to God, dear one.
His love for you is strong, e’en when you may not see.
His faithfulness is sure, like the rising of the sun.
No matter where you go, you are not alone.
Be present in each moment, for God is always there.
His arms will lift you up, give strength throughout the storm,
Comforting with words of truth and loving friends who care.
Morning or Whatever Works Best for You
My intentions don’t always match up with my actions lest you think I remember to do this faithfully every morning. Sometimes, because of various events, I’m not able to have the longer time of quiet and worship in the morning.
When that happens I try to remember during the day to take a few moments to remember God is with me. If time permits I have my longer prayer time in the afternoon or later.
God doesn’t insist on morning or else. Some people are much more alert and ready at different times of the day. What matters is that we intentionally carve out time for communion with God, even if it’s only a few minutes.
Participating in The Presence Project reminds me to be more aware of God’s presence all the time. I don’t do it perfectly, but when I do think about His presence with me, I remember I can talk to Him anywhere. So if I’m in a difficult situation I can call out to Him in my mind or with a breath prayer and know that He hears and will answer according to what is best. I share how the breath prayer helped me when I was sick in Surrender: Trust God Even in Illness.
Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.
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