In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
I truly believe that what you sow in the morning will manifest as the day continues. If you sow the right seeds when you rise, you will see the fruit throughout the day. Be intentional about how you start your day, instead of going to your phone straight away and getting distracted by messages, social media alerts or emails. Here are 3 ways to start your day right:
1. Stillness & Prayer: Spend 5-15 minutes just being still, close your eyes, breathe in and breathe out. Just take a moment and relax, it’s in the moment of stillness that you actually become in tune with what is actually going on with you.
If you’re always in a rush you don’t necessarily get an opportunity to connect with what you're feeling, thinking or what God is saying. From there you can begin to speak to God and give Him the room to respond to you. A lot of the times, it’s not that God isn’t speaking, we just don’t give Him the space to. So, make adequate time to connect with God.
2. Read: Get into the word! The word is key to our spiritual growth. There will be times that you may not feel like reading the bible or you may not feel as connected with what you're reading. It’s normal, it’s human. However, in those moments try another way to engage with the word.
You don’t have to be as systematic or rigid when it comes to the word. Read scriptures that are relevant to you and the season you are in. For instance you might be desiring peace, google ‘scriptures on peace’. It’s not demonic to use google to find scriptures.
Make notes on what you get from those verses and how you can apply those scriptures to your day. There’s so much resources such as devotionals and study bibles that make the word relevant to daily living. The most important thing is that you are getting into the word, daily. A scripture a day keeps the devil at bay. Haha!
Try reading a physical bible instead of reading it on a device. I find I connect more with what I'm reading when I'm actually turning pages, highlighting and scribbling notes on my bible. My focus is on reading what is on the page and not on the notifications that may pop up on my phone. Eliminate the distractions to focus.
3. Affirmation: It’s one thing to speak positivity but it’s a powerful thing to speak those things that are true. Life and death is in the power of the tongue. Speak life over yourself before you leave your house.
Create affirmations that are rooted in the truth, a truth that never changes - which is God’s word. Speak it over yourself until those truths become your reality. You will notice a shift within yourself after some time.
BONUS. Gratitude: What are you thankful for this morning? I always say that gratitude shifts the heart. It reminds the heart yes, of what God has done but also what He is able to do.
At times complaining becomes our only language, instead of thanksgiving. Not realising that complaining weighs the heart down but thanksgiving uplifts it. Write down 3 things you are thankful for this week!