Good Morning

I don’t like mornings. I am a night owl. I like to sit up late, and mornings are difficult for me. I don’t drink coffee, so I don’t have that pleasure that some look forward to every day.

I have never been a morning person. When I was a teenager I had a nightshirt that said, “I don’t do mornings.” But, guess what, God does mornings. The first chapter of Genesis tells us that God separated the light and the dark and made evening and morning. He not only made mornings, but He also said they were good.

If God does mornings, then we have to do mornings too. I believe that God created us all uniquely and with different abilities, personalities, and preferences. For that reason, I don’t think we should feel condemned if God didn’t design us to be one of those people that spring out of bed with a ton of energy ready to take on the world.  However, I believe that there are a few things that we can do in the mornings based on the word of God to help us make the most of this time.

Stand Before the Lord.

Genesis 19:27 says, “And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord.” What a wonderful way to start a day. When we stand before the Lord, we acknowledge his presence, and we thank him for bringing us through the night and waking us up again. After we have done this, we can move on to making our request known to him and getting our instructions for the day.

Eat.

Chapter 17 of 1 Kings tells the story of God sending the ravens to feed Elijah. It says they fed him in the morning and the evening.  Our bodies need nourishment in the mornings. It refuels us. It helps to wake our bodies up and gives us energy. Even if we don’t like a full breakfast, we should try to eat something to help us be at our best.

Set Out on Your Journey.

Time and time again in the Bible it says that people set out on their journey in the morning. When I leave for a trip even though I am not a morning person, I prefer to leave in the morning. There is just something about getting a fresh start in the morning. We each have a daily journey. We make plans, lists and set out doing what God has in store for us each day.

Receive New Mercy.

Each morning is a fresh start. Maybe, yesterday didn’t go so well. Maybe last night was long and troubling. Maybe, we haven’t been all God would have us to be lately and we wake up feeling like we have already failed. God meets us where we are and stands ready to forgive us and equip us for the day. “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Morning for even those of us that are not morning people can be a blessed time if we start our day by standing before the Lord. Then, take care of our physical nourishment. Determine to set out on our journey for the day and realize that we have a faithful God who is waiting to shower us with new mercies.  God created mornings, and it was good!

Sue Potts

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God Given Rights

What Are Your God Given Rights?

A few years ago (quite a few), I had studied hard and was ready to get my driver’s license. A family friend took me to the testing center but then he had to go to work. So, he called someone to pick him up and left me there.

I took the written part of the test and then the driving portion. When I completed both, I called my friend to tell him that I was finished. He paused for a moment and asked, “How did you do?” I happily replied, “I passed! I got my license!” After another pause, my friend said, “Well then, you don’t need me to come pick you up. Just get in the car and drive home.” We laughed and hung up the phone.

I was so used to not being able to drive alone that I didn’t recognize the power that I had just been given. It took a few minutes to realize that I had been given the authority to drive. I had confirmation that said I was now a licensed driver and had a right to be on the road. That license would have been useless if I had put it away and never took advantage of the power behind it.

As Christians, we have been given spiritual authorities that we keep tucked away but forget to pull out and use when we need them. As God’s children, we have certain rights. The great thing is that we didn’t have to pass a test to get them. They were given to us when we became children of God because our Heavenly Father loves us and wants the best for us. Here are just a few:

• We have the right to a sound mind.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7)

• We have the right to have peace in the midst of our circumstances.

“These things have I spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world, ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

• We have the right to be forgiven for our sins.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

• We have a right to be free from the past.

“So, if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

• We have the right to expect God to hear our prayers and give direction for our lives. 

“Call unto me and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 6:33)

• We have the right to go directly into God’s presence.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Just like my driver’s license wouldn’t have done me any good if I never got behind the wheel of a car, these promises from God’s word do us no good unless we believe the authority behind them and put them into practice in our lives. These are only a few of the wonderful, life changing, freeing rights that our Heavenly Father has given us. The Bible is full of all that he wants to do for us and through us.

I would hate to think about the conveniences and adventures I would have missed if I had never used my driver’s license. Even more so, I can’t imagine my life without the promises God has given me as his child.

Sue Potts

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Fear Not

Just Man

I taught preschool for several years and with all the fun things came a few necessary things. One of the necessities was practicing fire drills to get the children safely out of the building. I explained to my class of four and five-year-olds that we would have a fire drill that day. I told them that when we heard the fire alarm that they were to line up and walk out the door. I made sure they knew that we were just practicing.

When the alarm sounded, some thought it was fun and exciting, and some were frightened by the loud noise. Regardless of what they thought, they did a good job of lining up and getting outside. After a few minutes, I told them that we were cleared to go back inside. We calmed down and started our next activity when I noticed one little boy was still visibly upset.

I went over to him and put my arms around him and told him that the fire drill was over. I reassured him that we were just practicing, that everything was okay and that we were safe. He looked up at me and said, “I know, but I just can’t stop my knees from shaking.” Fear was keeping him from enjoying the fun activity. It had him in its paralyzing grip. It took a while for me to convince him that all was well again.

I couldn’t help but think that we do the same thing when we get frightened by the noisy things of the world. We hear the news, and we get scared at all the violence, wars, and natural disasters. We hear our doctor’s report, and we get scared at the diagnosis. Our children get their driver’s license or go on a trip, and we start thinking of all the things that could go wrong. We hear our boss say that our jobs are in jeopardy, and we are afraid of the unknown. We hear our loved ones say hurtful and negative words and we get frightened at the possibility of broken relationships.

The truth is, scary things do happen. Sometimes the alarm sounds, and it’s not just a drill. Being frightened is a human response. It is built into us to alert us when there is danger. God knew we would experience fear that is why over and over again he tells us in his word to “Fear not.” He is there to reassure us that he is in control and that we are in his hands. We hear him say, “I’ve got this.”  Our Heavenly Father tells us, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) (NIV)

So, are your knees still shaking over an alarm in your life? If so here are some practical steps to dealing with fear:

  • Admit your fear. Tell God exactly what you are afraid will happen. Tell him in as much detail as you worry.
  • Recognize that no matter what happens that God is good and that he is still on his throne.
  • Let him do what he says he will do when he says he will strengthen, help and uphold you. Lean on him. He is big enough and strong enough to take it.
  • Replace fear with the reassuring words of someone who loves you. Cling to scriptures about fear. Here are a few to get you started. Psalm 46:2, Psalm 91:5 2, Luke 12:7, Timothy 1:7
  • See the big picture. No matter what happens in this world, if you accepted Jesus as your Savior, you will have nothing to fear in heaven.

Don’t let fear paralyze you from getting back to the activities of your life.

Feel your Heavenly Father’s arm around your shoulder and hear Him tell you that you are not alone.

Sue Potts

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