Everyone has a morning routine. Some may exercise, check their phone, watch the news, shower, and plan the day.
For me, my routine is anything but routine. I do very little in the mornings because I am not a morning person. Whatever our routine, how much of it involves Jesus?
There is an age-old song called In the Morning when I rise, Give me Jesus. That should be our mindset every morning.
But often, our time with Jesus is either rushed or not done at all. Whatever our morning routine, breakfast is usually involved. For some it might be coffee, a quick pastry, yogurt, or cereal, it doesn’t matter what we consume, we give our bodies some sort of sustenance.
If we didn’t eat for days on end, we would get extremely hungry, cranky, even sick, and maybe even to the point of starvation. We have to eat to survive.
As Christians, we also have a spiritual body, one that has to be fed as much as our human bodies. We wouldn’t starve ourselves, so we shouldn’t starve our spiritual bodies. Oftentimes we neglect our spiritual bodies, and that’s where our mornings with Jesus come into play.
The word ‘morning’ appears 218 times in the NKJV Bible, 16 of those are found in the book of Psalms. In almost all of those verses, David or the Psalmist, is talking about giving praise or prayer to God in the morning.
But, let’s stop for a moment, and ask ‘why mornings’? Why do all the verses and songs talk about giving God our primary praise and prayer in the morning?
Because morning means a new day, a fresh start, a clean slate. It’s a time to get your mind and perspective on the right track, and we do that with some quiet time in the morning.
Psalm 90:14 says
Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
The world tells us that morning is a time to hustle. But this is the opposite of what the Bible says we should be doing with our mornings. The Bible says we should be singing the praises of God in the morning.
A study found that just 3 minutes of negative news in the morning makes you 27% more likely to report having a bad day 6-8 hours later.
What we let into our minds first thing in the morning will decide our attitude and mindset for the rest of the day. Our thoughts matter. They inform our emotions, our actions, our prayers, and more. But so often we let things in that taint our thoughts. Many people turn on the news as soon as they wake up, and let their thoughts be shaped by headlines rather than God.
When we spend our mornings with Jesus, we are allowing ourselves to get the joy and energy for another day.
The best way to get joy in the morning is to give thanks to Jesus
Psalms 92:1-2 says
1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
2 To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night,
Mornings are a time to talk and pray to Jesus, but often when we come to Him, the first thing we do is ask, and even complain sometimes.
What if we started each day thinking of all the bad things going on in the world? If we dwelt on all our trials and problems? We would be in a slump all day.
When we come to Jesus in the mornings, the first thing we should do is to give thanks and praise, as this verse says.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord…
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning…
Jesus does want to hear our needs, but what if someone came to you every day and just asked for things? Or complained?
God has given us so much, the least we can do is praise and thank Him. We can thank Him for His new morning mercies and faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-24) that He always follows through on His promises, He loves us, He is always willing and quick to forgive us, He has blessed us with so much. A new day with no mistakes in it…yet, He has given us.
Mornings are not only a good time to gain the right perspective for the day, but they are also a time to let go of yesterday.
We tend to be human and foul up somewhere in the day, and sometimes yesterday has a way of haunting us into the morning.
It’s almost too easy to wake up with the mistakes of yesterday still weighing heavily on you. But there is something called the “Fresh Start Effect.” It’s when we are more motivated to take action after we feel like the slate has been wiped clean for us.
The reason why the Fresh Start Effect works. It allows us to separate ourselves from our past mistakes.
And the Bible has given us the ultimate fresh start. It tells us that the Lord’s mercies are new each morning. That is how we can practice a fresh start each morning.
Every morning, when we can wake up with a renewed perspective. Just imagine the Lord telling us that our mistakes are behind me.
Psalm 30:5 says
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.
We can have joy and a renewed perspective in the morning when we let go of yesterday. Our mornings tend to decide what the rest of the day will be like, and if we are still holding to yesterday’s mistakes, you won’t have a good mindset.
Whatever happened yesterday is gone, Kaput. Poof! Yesterday is not going to happen again. Today has 24 hours of a clean slate. Use it to erase yesterday’s mistakes from the board, and create a new day.
Too often our mornings are rushed, our minds filled with tasks and jobs needing to get done.
Mornings are not meant for rushing or craziness, it is a time to reflect, to pray, and to spend time with the One who will be by your side every minute of every day.
And I know what you might be thinking, ‘I’ve got kids, mornings are crazy, there is no way peaceful mornings are a thing.’ Trust me I know, kids make mornings crazy, but our personal morning can be peaceful. Get up maybe 15 minutes before the chaos ensues. Grab a cup of tea or coffee, your Bible, and maybe a journal and just spend some time with Jesus.
This morning I had a cup of tea, sat in a quiet living room with the sun just starting to get bold, and read four Psalms, read a devotional, and wrote in my Gratitude Journal.
It’s easy to think about the day ahead and get started right away. But first, we need to connect with the Lord and allow Him to renew our mind so we can approach our day right.
He is a real person, He is always with us, and He wants to think of Him first in the morning.
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to you,
And I will look up
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