Morning Prayer

Country road at sunriseI love the morning – it seems like everything is new and fresh. Yesterday is now history and time to look forward. I love starting my day in God’s Word and listen to Him speak into my heart as I begin a new day. I decided a few years back that I would not do anything in my day prior to listening to Him.  I believe my time with Him is the most important meeting on my schedule. The morning I was blessed with a morning prayer from King David. Check this out…

8 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 entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground. (Psalm 143:8-10 NIV)

Trust – I affirm my love, respect & honor for the Lord.

Rescue – He helps me deal with those who want to harm me.

Teach – He speaks directly into my heart & then I live out my heart.

Lead – He prompts, shows & levels me out – He makes my path clear.

I just want to rest and abide this day under the Word of God. I need Him more than I need anything. His Presence in my heart brings great clarity to my schedule. This morning prayer clarifies my need for Him first thing.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Hide

 

hideWhen I think about the word hide – I think of a closet or a place where I can’t be found by those I’m hiding from. I live from a calendar day by day and there are times that I try to put too much in my schedule. I love helping people whether it’s real estate or relationships. I enjoy being busy serving and helping. I’m learning to plan differently. I have learned to plan for some interruptions to my schedule. I feel a bit of stress when I plan things too close together. I haven’t figured out how to be two places at one time.

There are times I’ve wanted to hide from the craziness of my daily schedule. I know what it feels like to want to run away and hide. Some people can rationalize in their mind just disappearing and ignoring all their responsibility and commitments. I can’t do that. I want to keep my appointments and commitments to others. It is my mission to provide the best service that I can to others with the highest skill and the highest ethical and moral standards.  I do think it’s ok to take a break occasionally and regain perspective. I often talk to the Lord about my crazy schedule because He knows who is responsible for my schedule – it’s me. He always listens and always understands my struggle. He is so patient and wise. He protects me and provides for me. I’m thankful that He will hide me and let me take refuge occasionally. Check this out…

Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
    protect my life from the threat of the enemy.

Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
    from the plots of evildoers.

All people will fear;
    they will proclaim the works of God
    and ponder what he has done.

10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord
    and take refuge in him;
    all the upright in heart will glory in him! (Psalm 64:1-2, 9-10 NIV)

I’m so thankful for this time of perspective. As I was writing (aka complaining) about my schedule, I realized that others might think I don’t like what I do. I do love my job and I’m so thankful that the Lord. I just want to show respect to everyone I make a commitment to serve. I want to be present with each person I spend time with. My time with the Lord each morning prepares me for the busy day ahead. My time with the Lord gives me great perspective. I can pray for those I will work with or meet today. I ask the Lord to prepare me for challenges that I can’t see now. I ask Him to give me wisdom and discernment beyond my years.

I want the Lord to direct every area of my life, including the busy times and slower times. I want Him to keep me close to Him as I navigate challenges. I want to constantly remember His Presence and His Power in my daily journey.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

New Morning

 

Country road at sunriseThere has never been another morning just like this one. I’m older than I was yesterday morning and the world is a bit different. I do love the morning time though as the new day gets underway. I know that the day technically began at midnight, but for me the morning begins just before sunrise or whatever time I awake to begin a new day. I have made it a part of my schedule the last several years to wake up a little earlier to spend time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer.  My day seems to have much more balance, calm and structure when I start with spending time with the Lord in His Word.

I was reminded again this morning that today is a new day. Check this out…

1 Listen to my words, Lord,

    consider my lament.

2 Hear my cry for help,

    my King and my God,

    for to you I pray.

3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;

    in the morning I lay my requests before you

    and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:1-3 NIV)

I almost always have lots of things to talk to the Lord about. I first like to hear what He wants to say because He often calms my heart with His Word. He knows my stress level and He knows my schedule. He knows the people I will meet and speak to on the phone today. He knows the balance in my bank account and the miles on my car. He knows where I will be at 3 PM today whether I do or not. It’s important for me to surrender my day with all its worries and other variables to Him. I need to do this first thing each morning. My day just got calmer because it has now been turned over to Him.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Plans

Time to PlanI’ve heard of game plans for the football or basketball team to win the game. I’ve also heard of floor plans and house plans. I’ve been part of strategic planning. There is a one year plan, a three-year plan and the five-year plan.  I try very hard to plan my day in my calendar before it begins. Sometimes though, the best laid plans still go sideways or get pushed aside. I like to plan and dream, but I’ve learned that the Lord needs to be in the middle and in the front of all my hopes and dreams.

The Psalmist makes a statement that makes sense to those who know the Lord. Check this out…

1 Why do the nations conspire

    and the peoples plot in vain?

2 The kings of the earth rise up

    and the rulers band together

    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,

3 “Let us break their chains

    and throw off their shackles.”

4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;

    the Lord scoffs at them. (Psalm 2: 1-4 NIV)

This passage reminded me of a phrase in a song that says: “If you want to see God laugh tell Him your plans.” (Van Zant “Get Right With The Man”) I do believe it’s wise to plan. I think it’s wise to seek the Lord’s heart first before any plans. I like to ask Him what He wants me to do today. Oh I know I’ve got appointments and things already written down, but I’ve given Him “veto power” over my plans and my schedule. If I plan too much, I begin to think that I’m in charge of something; without Him – I am nothing.  I want to filter my life through the call and plan of God for me. I know He wants me to follow Him and serve Him wholeheartedly. I want the plans that I make to be directly from Him and honoring to Him. If I’m walking in the plan God has for me, I’ll be on time and arrive at the proper place every time.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

PS – as soon as I finished this page, an important scripture came to mind. Check this out…

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)