A Good Way to Begin the Day
I’m not a fan of hotel wake-up calls. Whether you obtain one when you ask appears to be determined by the state of mind of the individual entering your request. If he’s recently split up with his girlfriend, say, and her name is Sheila, I’ll either get a call in the middle of the night or none at all. As a result, I set my own alarm on my phone. In fact, I set two. The first is when it would be a good idea to get up, and the second is when I should get up right now.
I’m not a morning person, so I like to take my time getting ready for the day.
I used to get out of bed, check to see if our son was awake and in the shower, then turn on the morning news and make myself a cup of coffee.
It’s not a bad way to start the day, but I’ve discovered a far superior method.
I noticed that if the first thing I pay attention to is what’s going on in our world, the sights and words I see and hear shape my perspective on the remainder of the day. But if I dedicate my heart and mind to the Word of God first, I see everything as being under the care of my all-good, all-powerful, and all-loving heavenly Father. It’s hardly unexpected that this new way of starting my day has had a significant impact on my life.
How to begin your day
I speak Psalm 143:8 (NIV) to myself as soon as I wake up—or, if Barry is already awake, I say it aloud. I recite the verse multiple times. It’s become a terrific way to start the day:
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love; my love will fade and fail, but God’s love will never fail.
since I have put my trust in you
The psalmist is quite deliberate here: believing God is an act of will.
“Show me, Father, which direction I should go today,” I pray.
because I leave my life to you
“My life is Yours, Lord, and I trust You with everything,” I say.
Then I say these simple words to the Lord: “Good morning, Lord!” I’m not sure where You’re heading today, but I’ll be right there with You!”
Declaring God’s Word and thanking Him for it is a terrific way to begin each day.
Five Minutes of the Word
What does the Bible teach about starting your day with prayer and worshiping the Lord? Read these essential verses.
Let the morning bring me news of your unending love, for I have placed my trust in you. Show me the path I should take, for I am entrusting my life to you. – NIV Psalm 143:8
The Lord’s steadfast love never fails; his mercies never run out; they are new every morning; wonderful is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22–23
Weeping may endure all night, but joy arrives in the morning.
It is appropriate to declare your unwavering love in the morning and your faithfulness in the evening.
Early in the morning, when it was still dark, Jesus arose, left the house, and went to a solitary location to pray.
— NIV Mark 1:35
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Sheila Walsh is a Scottish best-selling author and Bible teacher who has sold over 4 million books. She has touched over 3.5 million women by mixing honesty, vulnerability, and humor with God’s Word as a featured speaker at Women of Faith® conferences. Sheila resides in Frisco, Texas, with her husband, Barry, her son, Christian, and her two tiny dogs, Belle and Tink, where she is currently pursuing her Masters in Theology.