How to Get a Good Start on the Day
Have you ever noticed how your first thoughts in the morning set the tone for your day?
Often we carry those first thoughts into the rest of our day, so I desperately need God to renew my mind every morning. When my alarm goes off, it takes a few minutes for my groggy brain to wake up. By the time I pry myself out of bed, thoughts start popping up in my mind:
Do I really have to go walking this morning?
How can I get my kids to do their chores?
I can’t believe he said that yesterday.
As I stumble down the hall to the kitchen and the hope of coffee, the voices of the world start sneaking up on me. I remember yesterday’s to-do list half undone and today’s dentist appointment. God’s voice seems somehow quieter, harder to hear than the world’s voice. Yet if I stop to pay attention, I can hear God say things like these:
“You’re not alone.”
“Do not fear, for I am with you.”
“I will strengthen you and help you.”
“I am in control. I have a plan for you.”
“I love you.”
We never know what the day ahead holds. In today’s devotion, I wrote about how I ended up in the emergency room with my husband. I never expected that. We also never know who God will bring across our paths for us to show kindness to. Yet if we start each day out with God, we’ll be better equipped for whatever or whoever comes into our lives.
The psalmist wrote, “And when I wake up, you are still with me!” (Psalm 139:18). God’s already there waiting for me when I wake up, so how do I open myself to hear his gentle, quiet voice?
Of course the easiest way to hear it is through reading the Bible, but I’ve made a baby-step decision. When I wake up, before getting out of bed, I say good morning to God. Even before I make coffee and reach for my Bible, I whisper, “Good morning, God. Fill me with your Holy Spirit today. Empower me to live for you.”
I want to start my day with thoughts of my Heavenly Father. I can trust he’ll prepare me for whatever is ahead.
- Betsy de Cruz
Betsy de Cruz writes at faithspillingover.com to encourage people to stick close to God, even when life gets crazy. If you subscribe to her blog, she’d love to send you a free Bible study guide, "10 Days to More." In it you’ll find 10 different devotional Bible study methods.