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So what’s the first thing you think about when you wake up? Do you have thoughts like:

Oh great, another cold day.
The volume of the children……this early!
I have to meet with that awkward colleague today.
I struggle with……….
I am so tired.
I need coffee! And now.

The thoughts we begin the day with can so easily set the tone for our day. We can begin the day grumbling and down. We can kick off the morning worrying or stressed. Martyn-Lloyd Jones offer this:

“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but they start talking to you, they bring back the problem of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you?”

Psalm 42 v5 says it this way……

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Jones goes on to say we must do what the Psalmist did. For the main priority of godly living is to know how to handle yourself. Wisdom is what following Jesus well looks like in any given situation. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself. Know how to answer your own disquieted soul!

All through the day, choose to remind yourself of who God is and his promises to you. I heard someone say they’d cultivated the habit of thanking God for the gift of sleep as soon as they woke in the morning. So years ago, I began to do that. Then I added a couple other things to thank God for every morning as I stagger toward the shower. 

Thank you for your gift of this new day.
Thank you that your mercies are new every morning.
Thank you for your steadfast love that never ceases.
Thank you Jesus for rescuing me. Thank you, that you are more than enough……
Good morning Holy Spirit.

As I begin to thank God each morning as I’m waking up, it sets a tone of thankfulness for my whole day. This small habit continues to make a huge difference in my life. Try it as you stumble towards that first coffee of the day. And I’m told this works equally well for tea drinkers!

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