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I love to start my day with coffee and Jesus. He does not require make-up or even combed hair. It is a sweet and intimate thing to start the day with a little worship and The Word.
“but swing the door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every public thing will be stamped with the presence of God. -Oswald Chambers
Wise words for good living. Chambers sets a lofty goal of "every public thing". I would... but my thoughts can be so un-Christlike, even if I don't speak them. Other times they slip right out ... before my brain is fully engaged.
Remember "Steven Urkel" from Family Matters. "Did I do that?" Usually the answer was "yes". Sometimes he had good intentions, but he was an awkward mess. Don't we all identify with Urkel just a little? Every day holds new opportunities... but I unintentionally miss them or mess them up. I need to adjust...and sometimes clear my vision...to see more of what He sees.
I am thankful for the difference that "first things first" can make in the day. For me, there is nothing more grounding than starting the day with a cup of gratitude, praise, adoration, and conversation with God. It is the one thing that changes everything else. It means getting up earlier than I need to wake up, but I love the stillness of the morning. First things first.
Some days...He sends a word or a warning that lets me know the day is going to be a wild ride. I like a little warning. Prayer is a a conversation. Listening takes time...but it is where much of the good stuff takes place.
David knew the value of the waiting and listening part of prayer. Trusting in God yielded joy. David wore a sense of "whatever the day may bring...it's your day, Lord". I can learn by that example.
Another great nugget on waiting.
Yes...in Habakkuk, too.
As we stand in front this one day... we pray, we listen...and we wait. When we look to the days ahead...we pray...we listen and we wait.
This passage has come up several times recently. It is a lesson in waiting with patience and letting the Spirit comfort and carry the cries of our hearts to the throne.
Keep yourselves in love. Wait on the Lord. Let him lead the way...the destination is really sweet. Show mercy toward those who doubt. Be merciful when doubt slips in uninvited.
Today, I am grateful for the choice...and the daily opportunity... to put "first things first".