Yes, it’s one of those mornings. I’m sure we’ve all had them. We wake up and feel so terribly out-of-touch with our Maker. The morning drags on and on and on and there is this crazy gnawing feeling in your stomach that something’s not right. For me, there’s just so much to do in life right now: school, chores, preparing for the Mission Scanner course this weekend (yippee!), that it seems like there’s no time for anything else. As soon as my eyes open in the morning, it’s all Go! Go! Go! Yet the day seems so incomplete without spending time in His presence. Looking at the glass half full, I only lasted a couple hours until breaking down and getting my priorities lined back up. But looking at the glass half empty, I wasted several hours this morning trying to accomplish tasks without having God’s joy in my heart and His Word on my mind. Yes, I am a sinner. This morning was a prime example. However, I am reminded of a line from one of our family’s favorite audio dramas: “The path of the righteous is not determined by the fall, but by the rising after the fall.” Finally, I ignored the cries of my earthly body reminding me over and over again of my Saturday to-do list, and sat down to meet with my Creator. The issue of poor time management so that I could meet with Him when life is busy greatly pained me as I met in His presence. As I sat there, God reminded me of the movie War Room, and how Miss Clara had challenged Elizabeth to create a “battle plan” for her prayer life. It clicked that perhaps I too should create a battle plan for my mornings. On a notecard I jotted down six ideas to help me be in God’s presence before I even step foot out of bed in the morning. As much as I dislike putting my Christian walk on a to-do list, it is true that sometimes I just need it written out and in list format…until I am strong enough to complete the goal without the notecard prompt. It is my hope that Yahweh will give me the strength to passionately accomplish the goals on the notecard every morning, so that I have Him on my heart and mind first thing.
- Pray and repent for any sins. (Either sitting up or kneeling beside the bed…so I don’t fall asleep.)
- Give thanks to God.
- Pray Psalm 3 (Currently, I am working on memorizing it.)
- Listen for direction from God.
- Put on a good attitude and plan how I will overcome the struggles ahead through God’s Word.
- Thank Him again.
So this is my “battle plan” for beginning my mornings with my mind on the things of the Spirit. This goal is my “rising after the fall”, so to speak. Once I complete the list, I spend more time in God’s word, pray, and write in my journal. After getting up from my Bible study, I truly felt ready to make the most of my day. What is impossible if God is with us? I will probably say this for the rest of my life, but it never ceases to amaze me how forgiving God is, that we can fall so many times, yet He quickly grants us mercy when we repent. His love is overwhelming!
Indeed, my morning started as “one of those mornings”, but the rest of my day was a cup running over with blessings. It’s late in the afternoon now, still several hours ahead of me, yet much has already been accomplished…worked on school plus I completed a school subject (hooray!), wrote an outline for a short film, and lost quadruple foosball (foosball, but with four balls) to my 7 year old brother, among many other things. As the time ticks by I am reminded of a verse from Matthew:
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”