Choosing the joy (When you would like to sleep a little more)
I am not a person who likes to get up early. Away from that. My family knows that waking up is not an easy thing. When I was in high school, I was leaving the bus because I fell asleep. In college, I would get out of bed at 7:52 am, put on the skirt and blouse that were lying on the floor, and arrive at my 8:00 am class just in time. I used to walk asleep, starting my morning routine at 2 in the morning, eating cereal and taking a bath, because my alarm in the morning caused me so much stress. And I really believed that one day I would stop hating mornings and start enjoying getting up early. It hasn't happened yet.
I still struggle with the mornings. Self-condemnation begins even before I open my eyes. I stumble out of bed, angry at myself for going back to sleep, telling me that tomorrow will be different as I put freshly ground coffee in the coffee maker.
I think of the woman of Proverbs 31 who gets up early, meets the Lord and manages to do many things for his family before the sun rises. I am not like her.
And the enemy reminds me that, before my day even begins, I have failed. I am not productive as I would like to be. My long list of things to do continues to grow, and I'm falling behind. Those thoughts leave me frustrated and without any achievement, married and discouraged.
Are your mornings similar to mine? Do you wake up late, wear the first thing you find, do not eat breakfast, undo the plan to meet your teacher before school to help you with homework, and growl at your friends when you take your locker books and leave fall in your chair when entering classes?
Does stress attack you even before brushing your hair?
Do you fear every day?
Do you hold your tears while walking to class because it's too much to drive?
I've been there more times than I can count. Be strong, Samantha. I would think, drowning under so much pressure.
His grace is really new every morning
The Lord is showing me, after years of fighting against mornings of stress and frustration, that He gives the grace I need for each day. Lamentations 3: 22-24 is beautiful - it is a glorious reality.
May the mercies of the Lord never end,
for their goodness never fails;
They are new every morning;
Great is your faithfulness!
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
"That is why in Him I hope."
This passage is not merely saying that today is a new day. It is not just a threshed mantra that means you forget about today, since tomorrow will be different. No, this passage is wonderful. These three verses sing a brilliant melody of love, mercy, and hope of the Lord.
They contain the truth we need to breathe in fresh mercy every morning - evicting frustration and self-condemnation, taking God's goodness to us.
Love, mercy, hope for each morning
"May the mercies of the Lord never end." How different it would be if this were our first thought every morning.
His love for you does not end. His love was there yesterday; It is there today. His love will continue to cover you tomorrow. You cannot alter it; you cannot reduce it; You can't lose it. God's love is constant and inexhaustible.
Give thanks to the God of heaven,
because his mercy is forever (Ps. 136: 26)
“For their goodness never fails; They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness! ” Let this song be in our soul every morning!
God listens to me when I cry out to Him in despair for a difficult morning, and He answers. His mercies never end! We can hold on to the truth of His new mercy and know that He is enough to refresh our souls, no matter what we are facing.
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I hope in Him." This is a life-giving statement, full of power for each morning.
I can't stop marveling at the beauty and power in this verse! Because the Lord is my portion, my anchor, my Savior, I will wait on Him! Notice that he not only says "I can" wait on Him, recognizing the option of finding hope in God. No, Jeremiah, the writer of Lamentations, says, "That is why I hope in Him." It is a decision to put your trust in a faithful and merciful God.
Your mornings would be radically transformed if you woke up and proclaimed, “God is my portion. In Him I hope! ”
When mornings are difficult. . .
When you can't sleep because you fear tomorrow, you should know that His mercies are enough for you.
When you press the snooze button once more because you don't want to face the day, you should know that His faithfulness is greater than you can imagine.
When the enemy attacks you with thoughts of failure and defeat before your feet even touch the ground, hold on to the firm love of the Lord.
When stress makes it difficult for you to breathe and it is too easy to start crying, hold on to this: "The Lord is my portion ... so in Him I hope!"
I have pledged to memorize Lamentations 3: 22-24, because I desperately need it every morning when my alarm sounds. Whatever a new morning brings to your life, would you join me to cling to the constant love of the Lord, His new mercies and His promise of hope?
What makes one morning difficult for you? What steps will you take to remind yourself of God's truth?