When You Wake
Popped awake. All of a sudden you are aware that you are awake. Not sure what exactly woke you, but you have definitely left sleep and moved into awake. 🙂 Your eyes are still shut, but your thoughts are running. What are you thinking?
Do you try to remember the happenings of yesterday … or what lies ahead for this day? Maybe you check where you are hurting? Perhaps you don’t think about anything. Must … have … coffee … first?
What if the first thoughts you had when you woke was your sacrifice of praise to the Lord? Whoa there! That may be a little too much!
When Your Feet Hit the Floor
There is a lie out there that you can’t help what you think about. It is easily believed. But it is not true. We have great propensities, great leanings, strong habits to continue thinking patterns as we have always done. However, you are not a slave to them.
You can forge new thought patterns. You can be renewed in your mind. Your risen Redeemer who has paid for your sin account, and bought you, has promised to help. As you allow Him to reset your thinking, He can help you choose to THINK TRUTH. You are loved by your Creator. He desires for you to discover, embrace, and do His perfect will for you this day. He has good works that He has prepared for us to walk in today (Ephesians 2:10).
How about harnessing those first few thoughts as you wake to remember things that you are thankful for? It is such a good jolt to get on the right track as you begin your day. So, you sit up, rotate around and put your feet on the floor. BUT, before you stand up, mumble three things for which you are thankful.
- I just woke up. I have been given the gift of another day.
- My eyes aren’t swollen shut, and the optic nerves in both eyes work.
- I was able to fall asleep last night and let my body and mind rest.
- God never sleeps and has watched over me as I slept throughout the night.
- God will not test me today above what I am able. He is with me.
- I have a choice in what I say and do today.
- I thank You, Father, for giving me Jesus.
Blessings of a New Morning
Have you ever thought of what a blessing it is that we get to go to bed and then have a new fresh morning? It is like you are given a clean sheet of paper to start anew.
Psalm 5:3 “O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.”
Here’s a link to listen to in the morning – Give Me Jesus, by Fernando Ortega.