By Georgia (Jo) Kent
“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” ~ Psalms 118:24
Nothing is more helpful in Christian living than the habit of getting a verse or phrase of Scripture into the mind and heart in the morning. Its influence stays through out the entire day, weaving itself into all the day’s thoughts and words and experiences. It also gives you armor for any spiritual warfare that might come your way through out the day.
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 NIV
What do you think about when you first wake up? Schedules, deadlines…. Do you ask yourself “What was I worried about yesterday that I need to start worrying about again today?” You know the old saying “You are what you eat”? Well, your life is all about what you think! So whenever possible, especially during those first few minutes of a brand new day: Greet your Heavenly Father and ask him to help you to be aware of all the beauty that surrounds you and to help you to think only of lovely and joyful things.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV
Imagine the sun as it begins to rise-or better yet go watch it. Take inventory of all of your abilities: sight, hearing, thinking processes, etc- and be grateful for each one. Think to yourself “I am here for a reason and there is joy in this day just waiting to be found.” Then set out with expectations of finding it. Life is meant to be lived through, not worried through. Tomorrow when you wake up, give yourself a gift of a joyful morning.
“Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, 0 Lord, in the light of Your countenance. In Your name shall they rejoice all the day: and in Your righteousness shall they be exalted. For You are the glory of their strength: and in Your favour our horn shall be exalted. For the Lord is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king” ~ Psalms 89:15-18 (KJ)