The start of the day sets the tone for the rest of the day. Here are a few suggestions that take just a little discipline:
Upon your first waking thought, praise God for sustaining your life through the night (He could have taken you home, but He didn’t. If there’s ANYTHING to be disappointed about it is that you’re still here instead of with Jesus!).
Stay in bed for a few minutes saying (Or singing!) to yourself, “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad (!) in it” (Ps 118:24).
Make yourself smile. That’s right… MAKE yourself smile! After all, you are saved by the blood of Jesus. Your name is written down in heaven. There is no condemnation for you in Jesus (Ro 8:1). Smile because you are a child of The King!
Wake everyone else in the house up by cranking up your Bose Sound System with your favorite upbeat praise and worship music! SING!! PRAISE!! WORSHIP GOD!!
On your way to work, put in another set of favorite worship and praise songs. Don’t worry about what you will run into at work… instead prepare yourself to meet it for God’s glory!
I promise you this will change your day. This will stay with you all day… for God’s glory.
Good Morning ! All excellent suggestions To quote a line from a TV commercial, “everyone knows that”. Sometimes we have so much on our minds that we wake up in the night. When that happens to me I have any one of several mental steps I take. Either 23 Psalm, the Lord’s Prayer, James 5: 7-15 which I read to us every night during my wife’s recovery, and finally I might say the books of the Bible. I seldom get very far in which ever one or ones I choose. I said all excellent suggestions, however, the “cranking up the your Bose” would not be appreciated in our home and I wonder if it not just tolerated in yours. 🙂 Thanks for helping me start this day in a good mood. PS I did have to give you a minus 5 (-5) for the “Lay there a few minutes” sentence. The esteemed Dr. Ethridge, scholar and theologian, knows the difference in Lay and Lie and Can and May, he just forgets.
Thank you for your comment! However, I think you read something into it that wasn’t there on the “lay” “lie” thing. You might want to check again… Blessings!