Every night I sleep with my phone charging on my night stand as most people do. When I awake in the mornings I usually spend a few minutes lying in bed thinking about the day ahead or reviewing the day before.
On the mornings when I am not focused or intentional, I have a tendency to absent-mindedly reach for my phone. Without much thought I proceed to scan through my emails or flip through my social feeds. It doesn’t take long for me to realize what I am doing and I remind myself this is no way to start the day.
The fact is, I cannot afford to start my day this way. There is just too much at stake. My children’s well-being, my relationship with my husband and our ministries. So I have been purposing every morning to spend at least 5 minutes giving up my day to God. As a wife, mother and career woman, I have a lot on my plate and my daily “to do” list can be quite daunting. There is usually not enough hours in the day to get my extensive “to-dos” accomplished. It is easy for me to feel like a failure when I’m unable to get everything done and this feeling soon attack my sense of worth and value.
“Lord be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.” Isaiah 33:2
I am sure you can relate to much of this. We start off on depleted energy, reaching half asleep for that blessed cup of java to pry our eyelids open. Next, we tackle the kids; up and dressed, breakfast and then off to school. Then comes the cleaning up, the laundry and the grocery shopping. Before you know it the kids are home and dinner needs to get on the table. Some of us manage, somehow, to pack an 8 or 12 hour work day into all of this. Did I forget to mention after school activities, doctors appointments and homework help? We get past the dinner dishes, tired and exhausted, before collapsing into bed. We roll over trying to get comfy only to find that come-hither look in our husband’s expectant eyes and realize the day is not yet over.
I am only been honest here. My kids are much older now but I have walked this road and this is the reality of many of our day-to-day life.We set our self up for failure when we begin our day before giving it up to God.Click To Tweet
That is why we set our self up for failure when we begin our day before giving it up to God. If we have any hope to be the wife, mother or ministry worker that God intended us to be, we are going to have to start our day right and that means starting it with the Lord.
Listen to what Psalm 143:8 says
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”
I am finding a 5 minute daily morning encounter with God before my feet hits the floor is having a tremendous impact on how my day unfolds. God has the power to transform our day by renewing our strength, granting us wisdom and giving us clear instructions for a successful day. Instead of starting our day tired and overwhelmed we can start it refreshed and empowered by his love and strengthened through Holy Spirit. Instead of focusing on quantity, we can focus on quality, organizing our day to best suit our family’s needs.The enemy likes nothing more than to distract us because he knows distractions keep us from connecting with God.Click To Tweet
The enemy likes nothing more than to distract us because he knows distractions keep us from connecting with God. The same way picking up my phone off my night stand might be innocent enough, yet is a subtle distracting method to keep me from my 5 minute power up with God.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
He loves to invade our minds with thoughts of hopelessness, weariness and self-doubt; effective ways to make us feel defeated before we even climb out of bed. But when we determine to spend time with God, listening to his voice and allowing Holy Spirit to lead and direct us, our day can be filled with joy and peace.
Whether we are a stay at home mom or work a 9 to 5 job, God is just as interested in the success of our day. All we need to do is centre our hearts and minds on him and follow his leading. When we start off by seeking his face and focusing on our relationship with him, it puts our whole day into perspective. This causes our life to flourish.
I am sure we have all heard of the Proverbs 31 woman? If not, then you can get acquainted with her here.
We’ve probably, at some point or other compared our self to her and find we fall miserably short of her attributes. So it should be no surprise when I confess I use to be greatly intimidated by her, this ideal Christian woman. However, I have spent some time studying her and have come to realize, this Proverbs 31 woman, is the epitome of who I want to be. Not because I want to be “perfect” but because she knows what it is to surrender herself and her day to God.
Every area of her life reflects the blessings of God. She recognizes her need for him by seeing her inability to function independently of him. She recognizes her need for his strength and wisdom to command her day and meet the needs of her family. Although I know my day will still come with its ups and downs, she challenges me to pursue an intimate relationship with my Saviour. I can face the day without fear because I know (and so can you) he wants the best for me. He wants the best for you too so get going and have a five minute power up with God.
Come on dear friends, let us journey together by faith today. God bless you!