Read:

The psalmist understood something vital when he wrote “In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.” – Psalm 5:3 A morning routine is vital for not only spiritual health but also mental health. Doing something consistently takes away the amount of energy expended on that activity. So if not for your spiritual health, your mental health will thank you for developing a consistent morning routine. My petition is simply that you add the Lord into that routine. We read in Mark 1:35, (NIV) that even Jesus did this: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” If you’re like most people you hear this and think: “That sounds great, but I’m not Jesus… so maybe we can try to shoot for following His example but a little bit later?” Well, regardless of when you wake up the first thing you should do is focus on the Lord. I suggest trying to get up just a tad earlier than any children or dependents in your home (this includes pets). This way you can get things moving before being approached with any external stimuli. The Psalmist also said “I will sing of Your strength, in the morning I will sing of Your love; for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” – Psalm 59:16 Yesterday we discussed praying for ourselves in the morning, setting ourselves up for future success before the struggles come. This is the same concept with a solid morning routine. We wake up and sing of God’s love, reminding ourselves that He is our fortress and refuge in times of struggle. If you can get into the Word just a little, pray just a little, and worship just a little, and then decide how you are going to relate before your day starts you don’t have to worry about the day taking control of your direction. Reality: if you do not plan and take hold of your day then it will control you. Before you run into all the struggles of the day and activities that need to be done check off your spiritual needs. In this time when you are reading, rejoicing, and responding, be intentional with planning what you are going to do today in terms of relating.  So how do we do it? Easy starting routine:
  1. Wake Up (this one is vital or the rest wont work)
  2. turn on worship music while getting ready (I use youtube)
  3. Breakfast/Audio Bible
  4. Plan your relating (keep it simple like: I will pray about opportunities to evangelize before I go into any building)
  5. Pray

Respond:

Spend 1 minute thanking the Lord that you have the desire to focus on Him at all. We are blessed to be saved, and often overlook this blessing on the daily. Then spend 1 minute asking God to help you desire focusing your morning routine. Be intentional about praying for Him to guide you in this. Morning shifts can seem near impossible for some of us 😛

Relate:

Why not start implementing that prayer? The one from the reading section: Pray about opportunities to evangelize before going into any building. If you start here, you may find God gives you lots of opportunities to share the Good News with people! 🙂

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