HOW DO I START MY MORNING?

PSALM 5:1-3

1) “Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning.

2) Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.

3) O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.”

OBSERVATION: How do I start my mornings? Each morning is both a new day and a new choice. How I position myself in the morning truly determines my day. In times past I would allow the business of life to devour my time. Now I have come to a place where my morning is not complete without beginning it with God’s Word, meditation, prayer, and worship. With David I have learned to say – “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice…”

This has really changed the way that I live. It has changed my priorities. It has changed my heart. I have found this to be my favorite time of the day. In the quiet place of the morning, before my duties begin, before I go through my daily routine of getting showered and dressed, I have nothing else on my mind and heart. My mind and heart are a clean slate. I am positioned to hear from the Lord. I am open to receive His instruction.

I do not have a deep revelation every morning. Sometimes I read, pray, meditate, and worship, and I do not receive anything profound to journal about. Yet, there is always a sense that I have been in the presence of the Living God. I have prepared a sacrifice, the offering of my heart and life, and watched – presented it to the Lord ready to receive His direction. I then can go through the day assured that He has heard me, He is with me, and He will guide me. I know that I can continually call upon Him at any moment to find grace and help in time of need. My heart is prepared to face the day.

There are other times, and oh how blessed they are, when the Lord opens His Word to me with new and fresh understanding. It is not that I am receiving some unknown truth. Rather, I am seeing Jesus in a new and fuller way. The spiritual eyes of my understanding are being opened to know Him. My heart is being expanded to love Him. My capacity is being expanded to serve others. This is why each morning as I open the pages of His Word I do so with expectation. I never know what He is going to show me.

Do I ever miss a day? Of course. Like anyone I too experience the reality that – “life happens”. Yet, I remember some wise words that I heard years ago from Jack Hayford. He said – “Before you turn out the light, make sure you spend some time in the light.” When I have one of those days I will go to a Psalm or a Proverb to end my day. I desire and make every effort to make sure those days are few and far between. It is not out of duty, it is out of desire. I don’t want to miss what the Lord has in store for me!

Since I began this journey years ago I have had the privilege of reading the Bible through in its’ entirety every year with a simple plan I call L.I.F.E. It is a plan that has no dates to hang over your head. You can miss days and still accomplish your goal. And it is a plan that intertwines the joyful disciplines of reading, meditation, prayer, worship, and journaling together. If you would be interested in receiving information on this simple Bible plan please contact me by email at klzehnder@aol.com.

Lord, I thank You for placing a hunger in my life for Your Word. I thank You for awakening me in the morning with the desire to seek Your face. May I daily come with joy and expectation to offer you my life as a living sacrifice and “watch”. Continue to speak to my heart and show me wonderful things in Your Word I pray. In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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