If you’re like me, you’d better sleep off every morning. But that doesn’t do much.
I remember days in my early thirties when I eagerly got out of bed at 5:30 am, spent precious time prayer and Bible study, then showered, and had an extremely productive day.
Now that I’m over 40, it’s not nearly as easy to get up and shine and conquer as it used to be. It seems like there’s that extra weight from obligations, age, physical wear and tear, and sometimes just weight! I’d let the snooze alarm go off a few times and lie in bed thinking about what I’d do if I had just a little more energy. This is where “will” comes into play. The will to start the day right.
As I lie in bed, I have to remind myself that the day was not made for me and whatever I want to do. You can see someone else in the picture. And what is his idea of why I was given another day?
When you go to God through prayer first thing in the morning, you are affirming Him and yourself that He is the most important love of your life. Think about it. If you get exciting news, who would you like to share it with first? Who do you tell when you receive heartbreaking news so that you can find comfort and understanding? When you go to God first with everything you have in your heart and mind, it will remind you that He comes first and will keep you in view for the rest of the day.
Here are six ways to start praying each morning and improve your whole day:
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Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker, Bible teacher, and award-winning author who helps women and couples strengthen their relationships with God and others. She is the author of 17 books including When Women Walk Alone (more than 150,000 copies sold), When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts, When God Sees Your Tears, and When Couples Walk Together, which she co-authored with her 32-year-old husband . Visit www.StrengthForTheSoul.com to find out more about their voice mail, writer coaching, and books on Soul Empowerment, Marriage, and Upbringing.