Read Truth First Thing Every Morning

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll

Read Truth First Thing Every Morning

While still dark, Jesus himself went to a desolate place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

How Do You Start Your Day? 

Our lives are so hectic these days. We begin by grabbing our cell phones and collapse into bed at night only to realize we’ve barely given any thought to God at all. We’re exhausted. Our hearts ache to hear from God, His still voice in middle of the chaos.

Is There a Christian Way to a Great Start to Your Day?? Absolutely. READ TRUTH FIRST THING. 

“I love them that love me; those that seek me early shall find me.” Proverbs 8:17

George Müller  (1805–1898)

In His Autobiography, George Shares Life-changing Finds About Powerful Mornings With God.

  • My first business of the day is to make my soul happy in the Lord.
  • My first concern is how to get my soul into that happy state.
  • My purpose is to see how my inner man gets nourished.
  • For Mueller, this meant the most important thing was give himself to reading the word of God and meditate on it.
  • That his heart be: comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, instructed.
  • By meditation, to bring his heart into communion with God.

Meditation is Not Just the Simple Reading of the Word of God.

  • It’s not a thought passing through the mind like water runs through a pipe.
  • It’s considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts.
  • Bible meditation becomes prayer – confession, thanksgiving, intercession, or supplication.
  • It’s an exercise to sensitize the inner man to be nourished and strengthened.

NO SELF IMPROVEMENT FOR MüLLER!

He was feasting his soul at the banquet table of God.

Per Mueller’s example, it’s plain to see that the first thing of the morning for the child of God is to eat food for the soul. What a great start it is when the soul is refreshed early in the morning!

“The first thing I did… was begin to meditate on the word of God, searching every verse to get a blessing out of it; not for the sake of the public ministry of the word; not for the sake of preaching on what I had meditated upon; but for the sake of obtaining food for my soul.

  • Seek your happiness in God. Go deep into the Word, digging deep for fresh glimpses of Jesus. (1 Corinthians 15:3)
  • Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28–30)
  • It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening. – Psalm 92:2
  • Very early in the morn, while still dark, Jesus left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.Mark 1:35
  • “You miss 100% shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky
  • “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Our greatest weakness is giving up. The way to succeed is to try just one more time.” Thomas A. Edison

Read Truth First Thing Every Morning How to Get Yourself Together In The Morning 

Round up Your Tools

    1. Have your Bible open
    2. Find a good devotional book
    3. Use a pretty journal  
    4. Hold your favorite pen

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 (NIV)

Begin your day with something. Read a portion of scripture, maybe a short devotion. Do it consistently, it’s like building a muscle. Eventually, the muscle will grow and so will you. You’ll want to go – and grow – deeper. You’ll find yourself reflecting – meditating – and journaling what you find. 

  • Meditation is simply thinking upon the scripture you just read, then letting God speak to you on that scripture.
  • Devotionals can be helpful. Read the daily message, then go read the bible verse in your bible and other versions.
  • Spend time thinking about what you just read, and pray that God bring anything about that scripture to your mind.
  • Journaling is the practice of writing down anything you discover from the scripture or devotion that you’ve read. 
  • Prayer requests, keep track of those who come up throughout the day. Record answered prayer! :)
  • Be thankful.

You can buy cool detailed journals on AMAZON or keep it simple. This is just something between you and God to see, no one else.

Light a candle, get a warm drink, and get comfortable…

Spend quality time with the Saviour.

Many Reference Proverbs 31 For Good ReasonIn Proverbs 31, we see an all-out illustration of the godly wife and mother. She’s this virtuous woman worth far more than rubies. Who can beat that? Her husband trusts in her completely, she does him good all the days of her life. She knits, sews their own clothing, makes tapestry, she is never idle and her hands are always moving. She rises early in the morning and goes to bed late at night. She clothes her children well and they are never cold. She works the fields with her hands growing crop, then brings her stuff to the market to sell, and feeds her household well. She is a strong honorable woman, very generous to the poor and needy. Her husband is a well-respected man where they live and when she opens her mouth, out pours wisdom. Her children look up to her and call her blessed. So does her husband. She is not caught up in outward beauty; her beauty comes from her fear of the Lord.WOW!!!! Quite a standard to live up to, right?Many other proverbs give insight into how a woman of God is to walk, what kind of womanly influence she is to have in her household.

Follow me as we take a look and glean a few takeaways! These are more pieces of advice that address our hearts, tongues, and priorities – some specifically aimed at wives and mothers.

WOMANHOOD SPEAKS LOUDLY

  • Compared to Wisdom, the Lady Folly is rowdy, loud, naive and ignorant. Proverbs 9:13
  • A wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one picks it to splinters with her own hands. Proverbs 14:1
  • The man who finds a wife finds something good, and the favor of the Eternal is indeed his. Proverbs 18:22
  • Much like a gold ring in the snout of a pig, so is a beautiful woman who lacks good judgmentProverbs 11:22
  • Houses and riches may be inherited from parents, but a sensible wife is a gift from the Eternal. Proverbs 19:14
  • You would be better off living in the middle of the desert than with an angry and argumentative wife. Proverbs 21:19
  • A dignified wife brings honor to her husband; a shameful wife is decay eating at his bones. Proverbs 12:4
  • It is better to dwell outside on the corner of your roof than to live inside your house with a badgering wife. Proverbs 21:9
  • The alluring words of a seductive woman are a deep hole; the Eternal is incensed toward those who fall in. Proverbs 22:14
  • Foolish children bring misery to their fathers, and a wife’s bickering is a like constant dripping from a leaky roof. Proverbs 19:13

YOUR WORDS, DO THEY STRESS OR REFRESH?

  • When we speak brashly, folly is upon us seeking attention for ourselves.
  • Words of grace, discernment, and purity are pleasing in the sight of God and man.
  • Be fueled in God’s Word of hope! Stay away from worldly lust, keep your heart pure. 
  • Do you exercise wisdom or folly? Godly ladies build up others, lifting spirits that flourish. 
  • A woman’s behavior reveals her relationship with the Lord, and the value of her character

GOD SHARES ENCOURAGEMENT FOR WIVES OUT THERE

  • We have potential to be a direct blessing from Him, worth far more than any riches.
  • An upright wife brings glory and honor to her husband, she is excellence in her ways.
  • Her prudence—or thoughtfulness over others is a lovely fruit of her faith in the Lord.

A WIFE CAN MAKE OR BREAK HER HOUSEHOLD

Scripture’s Language Is Strong – Due to discontent, a nagging wife is a sorrowful thing in her household. Wow! Once she loses sight of Christ, the dangers of becoming quarrelsome and generating unnecessary friction increase dramatically.  The godly wife is to seek loving God and her husband wholeheartedly, for this leads to peace and prosperity.


MOTHERHOOD

  • 12. My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 6:20
  • 13. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. Proverbs 10:1
  • 14. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother. Proverbs 15:20
  • 15. The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Proverbs 29:15

Takeaways:

You may be thinking: these are about sons, not women! Yet the son reflects the mother, the one who teaches him.

These proverbs reinforce the powerful reality that our mothering has a long-term impact on the attitude of our children…and that we should be so deeply tied to the nurturing of our children that their disobedience or disrespect is heartbreaking.

The last proverb gives us a solution. It tells us moms that we have to be willing to love our children through discipline, correcting their wrongs with devoted discipleship, for it reaps godliness rather than shame.

While touching aspects of womanhood a little differently than Proverbs 31, these proverbs provide wisdom that remind us to speak sweet words, serve our husbands joyfully, and impact our children for good.