They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The body needs the fuel from that bowl of oatmeal to face what’s to come. But what about your mind and heart? What about the very essence of who you are. Shouldn’t it start out strong too?
We are more than a head, arms, legs, and a bunch of molecules walking around. Our thoughts and feelings are part of us too. If we want to kick start our day, we need to do something in addition to eating a healthy breakfast. We need to read God’s word and spend time with Him.
Don’t take this the wrong way. I’m not adding anything to your already long “To Do” list. There’s no requirement to spend time with God in the morning. You don’t get extra points, if you’re up before sunrise. Nobody’s keeping track.
This is for you. Like eating wisely and exercising, starting your day with scripture is for your health and wellbeing.
When the alarm goes off, reading your Bible might not be the first thing on your mind. Getting a cup of coffee or tea, might be the most pressing need. But after the warm drink has been poured, and your eyes are no longer blurry from sleep, consider cracking open the Bible and setting your mind on things above.
It doesn’t need to be hours–just a few minutes and a reminder that God has you. The day ahead is not outside his reach. He will be with you.
Spending time reflecting on what he has to say is sustenance for your soul. God speaks to us through his word. Not audibly and not always so clearly that we see it right away, but it does happen.
A verse will come to mind. Peace will settle in your heart, and you’ll get through the bad stuff a little quicker than last time.
In addition to reading scripture, it’s also helpful to talk to God. Prayer is simply a conversation with God. This can be especially helpful when the day ahead holds scary unknowns, a filled calendar, or any kind of conflict. Talking to God about it first and asking for help can set you up for real success—the kind that’s measured with love and peace.
It can be difficult to believe God wants all our little problems. Who are we that he would care about whether or not our work evaluation goes well or we ace the test? But He does care. God’s love is extravagant.
He saw Hagar in the desert. He provided for Joseph in the pit. He heard the cries of the enslaved Israelites. He found Peter fishing and Zacchaeus in a tree.
He sees you and cares about what you face each day. Bring your needs to him each morning and kick-start your day with His word.
Take a few minutes to read these Psalms and be mindful of God’s guidance to you throughout your day.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”
Psalms 113:2 – 113:3
“Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.”
Psalms 121:1 – 121:2
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
“But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. ”
“O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”
Psalms 100:4 – 100:5
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”
Psalms 61:2 – 61:3
“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.”
“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
Psalms 37:4 – 37:5
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”