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"Good morning, God!"

 

"My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning
will I direct my prayer to thee, and will look up."
Psalms 5:3


    What thought crosses your mind the moment you wake up in the morning? Do you think, "Oh, stink! Not another school day!" as you vindictively punch the snooze button and try to bury yourself deeper beneath warm covers?
    Does your mind automatically plunge into the plans of the day, perhaps choosing your outfit or planning how you're finally going to bravely talk to the cute guy who sits next to you in algebra class?
    Or is your first thought, "Good morning, Lord! Thanks for being with me as I take on the challenges of another day?"
    If you make it a habit to greet God first thing in the morning, you'll find that your attitude about the day improves right from the start. In fact, recognizing God's presence and partnership in your life first thing in the morning can revolutionize your entire day!
    It's hard for me to greet God in the morning without having a smile steal across my face, even though by nature I am a grumpy morning person. The smile on my face comes not from my happiness at getting up early, but from the joy that the Lord puts in my heart as a reward just for speaking His name, just for tapping into His holy presence.
    How will living out Psalms 5:3 change your day? Well, the Bible says that, "The joy of the LORD is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). Could you use more strength in your studies, relationships and extra-

 

curricular activities? Would a renewal of strength each morning help you to make godly choices throughout the day that reflect your lifestyle of purity?
    Of course!
    And you don't have to just think your greeting--the verse above says that God likes to hear our voices in the morning. That means you can speak or even sing your morning greetings aloud.
    "Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds," says Psalms 149:5.
    On mornings when Brad is traveling and I am "in charge," I really like to make a point to include singing in our family's morning routine.
    It changes the dynamic of a dreary morning, and I notice that my children are more alert and cheerful when we sing at home and in the car on the way to school. But to be honest, I don't do it just for them. Singing gives me the strength I need to keep them on schedule and send them off with a smile.
    Worried that someone besides God might hear you and think you've lost your mind? I say, "Who cares if someone does hear you?" It's better to be crazy and happy than sane and sad, anyway.
    So, this simple three-word cure is today's tip for maintaining purity: "Good morning, God!" It's a very simple way to start putting God's Word to work in your daily routine.

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