A necessity to my spiritual life is my time alone with God in the morning. It is my quiet time with Him. Reading my devotional, and spending time with Him in prayer and His word sets the tone of my day. It gets me in the right frame of mind to face whatever the day holds for me.
Sometimes the day doesn't begin so well. A restless night, unsettling dreams or concerns about the day ahead could, if I let them affect my entire day. But when I allow God's word to speak to me, and I journal my prayers, it eliminates the cloud that hovers over my spirit threatening storms through all my endeavors.
The clouds of distraction can cause other problems creating a snowball effect. But when I refocus on the love and glory of the Lord. His Son-Light melts that snowball and drives out the clouds.
I always begin with praise and a thankful heart. It may feel at times as if there is little for which I can be thankful. That is only because my focus is on my circumstances, mood, just how I feel at any given moment. It's because I'm not considering all the things that I have for which I can be thankful.
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Cor. 4:18 (NLT)
The first and greatest thing I can be grateful for is that God is an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing God who loves each and every one of us. The second is that out of His great love He called me to be His. He gave me this desire to know Him. I didn't develop it on my own. I simply choose not to ignore His invitation.
Create a quiet space of your own to be with God. Let Him be the commander of your day. In your war room, under His Leadership, plan your strategy for defeating the distractions that the devil may use to undermine your day - and your faith.
We may have battles to face. But with God by our side, they are battles we can win.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 | Isaiah 6:3 | Psalm 130:5
Melinda started her fifth year of her devotions reading Oswald Chamber's My Utmost for His Highest. In 2015 she has made the commitment to share what this year's journey. Taking a detour, she began living Every Day With Jesus