Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Start The Day Right
I try to start every day with a few minutes of scripture reading and quiet time. It doesn't always happen, but when it does, my day goes so much better. I want to encourage you to find at least 10 minutes to quiet your mind and commune with God before you get on your daily hamster wheel. :)
When I'm having a hard time focusing for one reason or another I like to read in Psalms. I don't recommend The Message for serious Bible study, but I love to just sit down with it to read. Here is Psalm 32 from the Message to encourage you:
A David Psalm
1 Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be— you get a fresh start,
your slate's wiped clean.
2 Count yourself lucky—
God holds nothing against you
and you're holding nothing back from him.
3 When I kept it all inside,
my bones turned to powder,
my words became daylong groans.
4 The pressure never let up;
all the juices of my life dried up.
5 Then I let it all out;
I said, "I'll make a clean breast of my failures to God."
Suddenly the pressure was gone—
my guilt dissolved,
my sin disappeared.
6 These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray;
when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts
we'll be on high ground, untouched.
7 God's my island hideaway,
keeps danger far from the shore,
throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.
8 Let me give you some good advice;
I'm looking you in the eye
and giving it to you straight:
9 "Don't be ornery like a horse or mule
that needs bit and bridle
to stay on track."
10 God-defiers are always in trouble;
God-affirmers find themselves loved
every time they turn around.
11 Celebrate God.
All you honest hearts, raise the roof!
Posted by 50s Housewife at 9:46 AM