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Things of the Flesh

A photo of trees with a bright light radiating through them casting a blue hue on the picture. The words to Romans 8:5 ESV, "For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit."
by Beeda Speis for Peace In The Stillness

When I think of putting God first, my initial thought is how I greet Him each morning. How I begin my day seems to have an impact on the entire day. I’ve been working on my waking attitude for over a year now because I realized it had gotten quite bad. Now with this illness, I’m even more aware of it. I hit the snooze until it’s time for my backup alarm to go off. I grumble. Sometimes I start to sing “Oh, how I hate to get up in the morning…” although not as often since I would love nothing better than not to feel exhausted all the time. So my initial morning thoughts and feelings are things of the flesh; namely exhaustion.

With this illness, I can sleep 10-11 hours at night, wake up in the morning, drink two cups of coffee, and then go back to bed for two more hours. After another two cups of coffee, I begin to feel almost normal. It makes me regret all those times that song popped in my head. Not that the two are related or anything; it’s just I feel guilty about it, in a way.

I try to wake up after only two snoozes, sit up and say a prayer of thanksgiving and ask God for direction for my day. By beginning in this manner, I’m more mindful of His presence and remember to take everything to Him.

Questions to Contemplate

Is there something that you’re working on to strengthen your relationship with God? To include Him in your life more?

Bible Verse of the Day

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
Romans 8:5 ESV

Prayer

Father, thank You for Your love, grace, and mercy. May we look to You for every aspect of our lives. May we come to You for guidance and seek Your will in everything we do. Father, we pray that we put You first. We praise You and thank You, dear Lord. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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