In the Morning When I Rise, Give Me Jesus

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In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus.

There’s nothing that I can think of that’s better than this. While I am a tea lover and it sits so well with me and my quiet time before or after my family leaves for school and work…. I need Jesus.  I simply need Him to get my day started.

My beginning thoughts prep my day. Doesn’t yours?

Jesus himself on many occasions got up early to go pray. He proclaimed the Word of God to the people,  he healed the sick and done many miraculous things but he still took time away to pray. He gave The Father the firstfruits of the day. If He done it so should we. (Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16, 6:12 are a few examples)

Mark 1:35-38 NKJV
Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. And Simon and those who  were with Him searched for Him. When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”

As we should, we wake up saying our prayers and thanking the good Lord for blessing us to see another day as well as asking for forgiveness for whatever it may be we still need Him. We still are in desperate need of His presence when we arise.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. It’s easy to fall into our robotic ways of easing into our day but the question I pose to myself and to you is “Am I giving Him my first fruits? Am I choosing the better part?

Now don’t get me wrong! I’m not implying that we can’t have our morning cup of coffee (or tea) as we indulge in our time of devotional and Bible reading at the same time but have you ever thought about allowing His presence to soak deep within your being giving you strength and that invigorating shower of mercy and grace that falls fresh like rain when you arise first?

That kind of brew and jolt of amazing energy I have gained from being in His presence outdoes what I thought I could attain after having had my soothing and relaxing cup of tea.

He’s my cup of comfort that brings peace and settles my anxious thoughts about the new day that is set before me.

As I reflect and gaze upon the picture above that I had my daughter take early one morning this week as we headed into town I fell in awe of just how awesome God is. The Creator of heaven and earth blessed and breathed in me one more time. Seeing the sun rise in the astounding beauty that it holds, it let me know that no matter what the road ahead may look like He’s still in control. With that said I can continue to go forward because my God, your God is already there. Isn’t that wonderful? Oh yes it is.

Thank you Jesus for being there when I rise. My life and my thoughts are yours. Lead me into each and every given day that’s given to me. Bless me so that I may bless others. My Rock and my Fortress I just want to say Thank You. Amen.

Dear hearts, I pray this New Year that we choose the better part and better beginnings and endings to our days. However it is that the Lord leads you, follow Him. If the Holy Spirit is nudging your heart to get up earlier than you normally do, I encourage you to do so. I’ve learned along the way that the Lord wants to talk. We just never know what it is that He has to say. We may never know the importance of the early rise unless we are willing to get up. Just a tid bit of information I thought to share with you. God bless you….

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Lift Every Voice Giving Thanks Unto the Lord!

I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” (Psalms 122:1)

Joy unspeakable joy!!

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You know, it does not take for Sunday to come around for us to praise God, to have a joy come over us as we are filled in abundance with the presence of the Lord. We can achieve that all week long when we go before His presence.

This is something I like to experience everyday as much as possible. You can too.

Moments upon standing back up on my feet after my morning prayers, a smile surfaced. My heart began to melt in the love of Christ. This longing to commune with Him started dancing inside of me. Wow. “It’s not even 6am yet and I want to sing and dance! Thank you Lord! Today is going to be awesome. Yessss!”

I encourage you today to allow the Lord to minister to your heart. If a scripture or song comes over you just let it pour out and saturate you. Don’t fight it. Sing a new song unto the Lord. Thank Him for this new day you have. Think about where He has brought you from, think about the things that could have stolen your life but God blocked it. Praise Christ in all things be it good or not so good. You are alive. You are here today for a reason. God has allowed His sun to shine down on you one more day. The Word tells us: Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” (Lamentations 3:22-24 NKJV)

Lift up your voice and give thanks to Jesus!

Below is a song that I would like to share with you all. It’s been around a long time and I still find myself getting goosebumps and teary-eyed as I lift up my hands and praise the Lord. He has been better to me than I have been to myself. He never turns His back on us when we choose to turn our back on Him. He is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. I am nothing without Him. I cannot take this journey in life by myself expecting to come out fine. Snares are waiting to trap us; waiting to keep us bound and hopeless. The enemy is a lie! Rebuke the lies of the adversary; the evil one and tell them to flee. Nothing is too powerful or strong that the Lord cannot set us free from. Claim freedom! Claim your liberty and sing! Tell the captives that you are free and it’s all because of Jesus!

Praise ye the Lord everyone! Praise Him for He is truly worthy of it all.

Scriptures of praise:

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.(Psalm 98:1)

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; (Psalms 96:1-4)

Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise from the ends of the earth, You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, You coastlands and you inhabitants of them! (Isaiah 46:10)

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Rejoice O Earth! Sharing Monday’s Thoughts From My Front Porch

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This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 NKJV)

Hannah’s Prayer ( first 2 verses that inspired me )

Then Hannah prayed and said:

“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.

“There is no one holy like the Lord;
there is no one besides you
there is no Rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:1, 2 NIV)

So I just thought I would share the joy in my heart this morning with you all. I’m feeling the rays of the sunshine fall fresh over my face though it started in my heart when I opened my eyes.

The Lord woke me up this morning!

Not an alarm clock, not the dogs barking at something in the woods or just waking up because I’m tired of sleeping but because of the goodness of the Lord, because of his mercy and grace, breath has been put into my body yet another day! Oh how we take life for granted! The hustle and bustle of getting up and getting your day going not even realizing to the fullest that nothing we have done no matter how good it was, granted us life.

THIS IS ALL ABOUT GOD!

If you don’t know, I am a wife of 17 years with 6 children. I’m blessed to be able to be at home and take care of my family while my husband goes off to work to provide for us. It’s a blessing to be able to wake up SMILING, to have a heart to pray, spend time with the Lord and get my husband off to work. After that, it’s about the kids and the chores. ( can’t forget about having some fun either. Making memories is the best. )

It’s Spring Break so my kids are sleeping in for just a little bit. Wow. I have 6 kids! Yeah I know it already, but these are lives that God created! We were all known before conception. How amazing is that?!!

Perhaps you may be wondering why on earth is she so happy! At times I ask myself the same thing but I know that it’s the joy of the Lord that is in me! He woke me up. I have all my senses, I am in my right mind and I have a willing and able body to make choices for the good or the bad. ( and my goal is to make the right decisions every day )

Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. The next breath isn’t either, but I CHOOSE to make the best with what I have been given. May we be thankful over the small things in life and just be content with what we’ve been blessed with. If we are blessed with more be thankful and if not, still be thankful. Your pocket and bank account can be plenteous yet you can be poor in spirit. On the flip side you can be poor in finances and the wealthiest is spirit.

Just take some time and think on these things would you please? Life can change in a blink of an eye and you can never be fully prepared.

Listening to the birds tweet, the wind chime slightly clanking as a breeze passes through and soaking up the sun rays for this brief moment I have to myself gives me many reasons to rejoice. There’s no Manic Monday living here. Just another day to gain perspective and to grow in the Lord and to live my life the best I know how with His help.

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Lord I am so thankful and blessed that I arose to see another day, to bask in the beauty of your earth creations, to have a heart’s desire to choose to make the best of this life given to me. Living Simply In Abundance….. my life, my love and my joy is found in Your presence. Thank You ❤

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