“We must exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world.” Lysa TerKeurst, First 5 App.
How do you begin your day?
Eyes fixed on Jesus
Eyes fixed on your “to do” list
Option 2 was me a few days ago. So much to do today, Lord. I’ll feel much better if I just get these three e-mails sent, my son’s lunch made and a few texts out of the way. Then I’ll meet with You.
That choice affected my perspective for the remainder of my morning. It started with a few choice words to my dog for throwing up under my desk. And next my son for failing to awaken early to do the chores I had asked him to do the night before. And finally my husband. I’ll leave that left unsaid. But you get the picture.
I wish this was a one time occurrence, but I confess there are days I jump out of bed and head into my day with the best of intentions to meet with Jesus later. But later never seems to come … until the next morning.
When the hard stuff hits that particular day, I have nothing. I’m empty. Without whispers from God, my emotions take the lead. Depending on the circumstances that arise, it might be impatience, anger, or unforgiveness. None of them productive or good. And most lead to shouts with the world.
The reason the Lord invites us to meet with Him in the morning is to shift our perspective off that “to do” list and onto Him.
In that quiet, focused place, we create space for Jesus to nourish our souls. When we open His living and active Word, it comes alive in our hearts. It takes root. The longer we linger, the more it remains. Over time it fills our hearts and saturates our minds.
If we begin our day with our eyes FIXED on Jesus,
when our circumstances seem impossible, we remember all things are possible! (Luke 18:27).
when we feel over committed and exhausted, we remember come to Me, and I will give you rest! (Matthew 11:28-30).
when we feel unloved and unworthy, we remember I love you with an everlasting love, and you are the apple of my eye. (Jeremiah 31:3, Zechariah 2:8).
when we feel lost and confused, we remember you will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart; I know the plans I have for you … plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope; I will direct your steps. (Jeremiah 29:11, 13; Proverbs 3:5-6).
when we have tasks that seem too great or beyond our strength, we remember you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! (Philippians 4:13).
when we’re worried and anxious about many things, we remember do not be anxious for anything and cast all your cares upon me! (Philippians 4:6, 1 Peter 5:7).
when we feel alone, we remember I will never leave you or forsake you! (Hebrews 13:5).
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A prayer for you …
Heavenly Father, forgive us for not inviting You into our lives each and every day. For every woman You have brought here, help her FIX her eyes on Jesus. As she commits to meet with You, show up in very personal ways, ways that she will KNOW that it is You. Big ways and small show up. Help her to know down to the depths of her soul how much You love and care about her. Help her to trust You in her circumstances. Give her a word, a touch, a whisper, anything she needs to hear Your voice. Thank You for Your promise that when we seek You with all our hearts, we will find You. Today we claim that promise and invite You to show up BIG as we fix our eyes on You. Thank You that You will do great and mighty works in our midst. I ask all this in Jesus’ powerful Name. AMEN