“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night.”
Psalm 92:1–2 (NKJV)
What is your morning routine?
Alarm goes off and after snoozing ten times, you realise it’s now or never. You reluctantly get out of bed and now it’s rush, rush, rush… I have discovered that the way you start your day sets the tone of the rest of your day. More than likely a frantic start becomes a frantic day, an overwhelming start is an overwhelming day, an unorganised start usually results in an unorganised day.
BUT what would change if you unhurriedly began your day with Jesus? What if you generously gave yourself a buffer in the morning and set your alarm early (maybe leave it in a different room or away from your bed so you train yourself to get up right away), then you learned to sit, rest, open the word of God, practice mindfulness and meditate on the love and goodness of God? There is so much scientific evidence that shows the positive effect that prayer and meditation have on the brain and the activity in the soul.
Maybe that’s why Jesus got away with God and calls us to get away with Him, too. What if in the morning you declared God’s loving kindness and in the evening you thought about His faithfulness and goodness.
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Here’s some practical things you can do to start your day with Jesus:
1. Find a comfortable position and location. Indoors or outdoors, whatever feels most inviting. (Maybe light a candle or put on some soft worship music).
2. Take 10 deep, slow breaths with your eyes closed. Feel yourself expand as you inhale then gently push the air out. It’s called grounding and cantering yourself to be present.
3. Visualise, think, ponder and remind yourself that God loves you and focus on His deep love for you.
4. Speak gratefulness to God and cultivate that in your heart.
5. S.O.A.P devotion or journal. S.O.A.P. is a simple plan of writing down reflections of what you have read.
S: SCRIPTURE (Write down what scripture speaks to your heart and season)
O: OBSERVATION (write down what you observe about the passage, what is God showing you)
A: APPLICATION (write down how you can make this applicable to your life. Write some practical things that you could do. For example, if generosity is what you have observed in the scripture, an application might be to pay for someone’s lunch randomly, buy a gift for someone, write a card or text and tell someone how much you appreciate them.
P: PRAYER (Write a prayer of what you have just learned and ask God to help seal this new-found principle, promise, truth in your heart and life!)
Grace & Peace,