Morning Routine

Morning Routine

O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;

Psalm 63:1
B—e—e—p B—e—e—p B—e—e—p screeched the alarm clock. What are you putting first in your day after the alarm clock goes off and you wake up? What is the first thing you give your attention to when you wake up?

If you are like I used to be, I would immediately grab my phone to check emails, view notifications, text messages, and be caught up with news and social media before my feet hit the floor.

God recently began challenging me on what I seek first. He began to convict me about my morning routine. I began to be intentional about my morning routine being God-first.

I saw a quote by Lysa Terkeurst that said:

What we soak up first each morning will saturate us most deeply.

God began to teach me that what I meditate and give my attention to in the morning will stick with me through out the day. Science even validates that successful people are ones who are intentional with their mornings. Successful people pray. Successful people meditate. Do you desire to be successful? Become intentional on what and who you seek and focus on in the morning.

When you wake up, your mind is like a dry sponge. What you soak up first will saturate you most deeply. If you don't want to be consumed with the stresses of the day, you must soak up what will renew your mind instead: God's Word. Even if it's only for 10 minutes, you've got to put the world on hold until you've checked in with God.

Proverbs 8:17 says, "Those that seek me early shall find me."

There is something about those quiet morning hours before the hustle and bustle of the day that is so special, when it is just my God and me. It is there upon my knees and in spending time in His word that I find strength for the day, strength to meet the trials and whatever else the day may hold.

We learn from Psalm 63 that David rose early to seek God, to place his life before Him. Early in the morning, when hope is at its loudest, when newness is represented across the universe, David prayed. Jonah waited until he was in the belly of the whale to finally cry out to God for salvation.

Don’t tolerate prayerlessness in your life. Don’t allow the stress of so-called progress to dictate how much time you will sit at the feet of your Savior. Crave those times. Schedule those times. Protect those times. Grace L. Naessens puts it like this in her poem, The Difference. “I woke early one morning, and rushed right into the day; I had so much to accomplish, that I didn’t have time to pray. Problems just tumbled about me, and heavier came each task. ‘Why doesn’t God help me,’ I wondered; He answered, ‘You didn’t ask.’ I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on, gray and bleak. I wondered why God didn’t show me; He said, ‘But you didn’t seek.’ I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys at the lock. God gently and lovingly chided, ‘My child, you didn’t knock.’ I woke up early this morning, and paused before entering the day. I had so much to accomplish, that I had to take time to pray.”

It’s foolish to wait until trouble shows up at your doorstep to begin this essential spiritual discipline.

It's time for a new morning routine. Let’s decide right now that before checking Facebook, email, and text messages… we'll thank God for another day to serve Him and check in with His life-giving truths found in His Word.

I love you like crazy,
Pastor Justin Mitchell

1 Comment

Melanie - August 20th, 2020 at 11:52am

Thank you pastor...your Blogs are very uplifting, encouraging, strengthening and truthful...

Luv n Appreciate y'all 😘🙏🏽❣️