ENERGIZE YOUR DAY – BEGIN WITH PRAYER
I don’t always do this, but when I acknowledge God first thing, it helps me remember that He is with me throughout the day. Anytime of the day I can say a prayer even if it’s only a few words. But starting the day with God puts me in a better frame of mind. Even if I say a short prayer before I get out of bed, it points me in the right direction for the rest of the day.
Oh Father, thank you for your love for me Dear Father, thank you for your tender care Give me eyes to see Your glory shining Everywhere my daily journey takes me Even when my path leads me through troubles May I never doubt that You are with me Though the way be dark or filled with sunshine May your great glory shine much brighter still. ~gsw~
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His faithful love endures forever.Psalm 136:1
I believe that gratitude can help energize your day. When I am discouraged or start complaining about things I don’t like or can’t change, I do not feel very energetic. In fact, it kind of saps the energy out of me and my attitude is one that makes people want to stay out of my way.
But when I choose to look for things to be thankful for and actually give thanks to God, my attitude can do an about face. When I am thankful and actively giving thanks, I feel more relaxed and content. Then I am better able to go about my tasks with joy, to be ready to help others and not be irritated at interruptions.
A Prayer of Thanks God, I give you thanks You are the great Creator Sun, moon, twink'ling stars Wind and rain and dancing trees Nature's beauty shines God, I give you thanks You are merciful and good Your purposes stand My salvation rests in You Your love never ends ~gsw~
EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST
Most days I do eat a good, healthy breakfast but sometimes I settle for cereal. When that happens I get hungry again before lunch time. Often we eat bacon or sausage and eggs with toast. Sometimes we have sausage and homemade pancakes. If it’s a cold morning we eat old fashioned oatmeal and put fruit, cinnamon and maple syrup to flavor it. And, of course we have coffee.
My husband has an iron skillet plate on which he cooks eggs and sausage almost every morning. This gives him protein and plenty of energy to begin his day. Sometimes I’ll make scones or coffeecake or muffins to go along. Juice or fruit are often included.
This week while on vacation, we’ve had a variety of foods. Yesterday we went to eat at one of our favorite places near the condo where we stay. The Frog Pond has a breakfast menu with crepes, quiches, omelets, fruit, eggs, toast, meat – you name it and they probably have it. With gigantic servings we usually have some to bring home for later.
Although we can’t do this all the time, it’s energizing to have breakfast out with family you don’t see often. Here is my husband’s sister with her husband and Steve and me in front of The Frog Pond.
ENERGIZE YOUR MORNING TOGETHER
Every morning after breakfast, my husband and I read the Bible together. Currently we are in Jeremiah. Then we read a chapter from a book. Currently we are reading Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. Finally we are reading a very short daily devotion on marriage called The Meaning of Marriage – A Couple’s Devotional by Timothy and Kathy Keller.
When my husband and I were reading in Jeremiah recently, a few verses really stood out to me. So using a computer program I typed them in on a photo. I try to read them every morning to remind me that knowing God is the most important thing in my life. This passage would be good for me to memorize.