The Monday Morning Blues

Oh Morning, what a love/hate relationship I have with you!  Why didn’t you remind me when Bernie and I decided to wake up early for Lent, that beginning on March 14th, you would have to wake us up an hour early?  Don’t you know how tired I am?

Did anyone else have a rough time when that alarm clock started going off at what seemed to be one hour early this morning?  Oh the agony!

This morning, though my heart wants to shun the morning and sleep through the day, I’m attempting to put my Pollyanna face on and embrace the morning and the freshness it offers each new day.

As hard as it is to drag myself out of bed most mornings, when I finally get going, I find newness in the mornings that I admittedly enjoy.  Though a constant struggle, the mornings when I am miraculously able to start out in prayer with the Lord, I find it is easier for me to connect with God in a quite, still place; before the e-mail has been checked, the to-do list has begun, and the chaos of the day has ensued. On those mornings, I find myself longing for more of His presence throughout the day.  Meeting with Him at the start of my day helps me put everything else I’m balancing into perspective. 

What an incredible gift it is that at the start of each new day, God is there ready and willing to meet us where we are!  Sadly, this is a gift I am not always as eager to embrace, but it is truly a privilege.  I think I need to be reminded of that every single day.

When it comes to the morning, one of my absolute favorite verses is Lamentations 3:24-25

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

This is probably one of Long To Love’s top five verses, but I never grow tired of it.  Not only is God ready to meet with us each morning, but without fail, His mercies and compassions are new each day.  No matter what.  

I also love two verses in Psalms that paint a beautiful picture of meeting with God in the morning.

“In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
 Psalm 5:3
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
Okay, so I freely admit that meeting with God in the morning is a precious gift.  I also admit that this week is going to be rough.  My spirit is willing, but my flesh is so weak.   
Does anyone have any encouragement related to the mornings?  What helps get you out of bed each day? 

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