Begin Your Day With God

Image of a grassy hill with a blue sky above. The words from John 17:4 are written across the sky.
Image by Beeda Speis for blogpost Begin Your Day With God on PeaceInTheStillness.com

Well, for the first time in 3 1/2 years, I missed posting here (yesterday). I have no idea how that happened except that I was rushing yesterday morning. Which, if you think about it, is ironic–or more accurately, a God thing, considering our topic this week.

We divide our time among family, friends, work, life-stuff (errands, housework, exercise), responsibilities, etc., and honestly, there just aren’t enough hours in the day for all of it. So, we have to pick and choose what we’re physically, mentally, and emotionally able to do. Then, at least for me, I feel guilty about the things I didn’t prioritize for, the things I didn’t get to.

We need to just flat-out put God first. Starting my day here (this group) each morning has been such a blessing to me and I sincerely hope that it’s been a blessing to others as well. But, I need to do more as far as starting my day with God.

I’m working on building the habit of praying each morning when I first wake up. The days I do that seem to be less burdensome. I give up everything to Him, handing over control, worries, all of it. Yes, He’s in control of everything anyway, but to purposefully and mentally hand it over allows me to unload that burden that I perceive that I have.

Last night in life group we talked again about if you could go and be with Jesus right now, would you? Someone brought up that he feels like he has more here (on earth) to do for Jesus, but yes, he would go. I feel the same way. I have all of these “things” I feel like God wants me to do but as I wrote the other day, I’m a procrastinator. How awful it would be to stand before Jesus and try to explain why I didn’t accomplish the things He laid out for me to do.

Put God first; each and every day. Ask Him what you should do today. Ask Him to guide your steps. See what a difference it makes.

Today’s Bible Verse

I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.

John 17:4 ESV

Special Prayer Request

I would like to say a prayer for some of our Sisters and Brothers in Christ.
Lord, Father in Heaven, we love you. We are so very thankful for your presence and guidance in our everyday lives. There are many among us who are struggling with the day-to-day demands placed on them by family and/or work. While they willfully do what is asked of them, they are having a difficult time holding onto the hope that is in You. Please wrap them in Your loving arms and let them know that they are not alone; that you hear their cries and are indeed right there with them. Lord, please lighten their loads and remind them to turn to You for everything. It’s only in You that we can experience peace, joy, and hope. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Please join me this week in praying for help and guidance to use our time wisely. Let’s also pray for those we know who profess to be Christians but who don’t spend any time with their Father. Pray that they come to know the peace, joy, and hope that comes from building a solid relationship with Him.