This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
Good morning, Sunshine! Ok…that might be an overstatement…especially as I get a little older. But, regardless, I love mornings…especially the early mornings. All my adult life I have been an early riser—like 4:30 am early. With few exceptions, I don’t use an alarm clock and after a wake-up ritual, I am ready to go.
As you probably know older people tend to lean toward two extremes. One group is sleeping in—they revert back to their teen times. The other group wakes up before the crack of dawn—they revert back to when they were babies. That is me. I normally wake up when the first number is a four. I say good morning to the bathroom and head to my favorite room in the house—my man-cave or home office. I usually spend an hour or so with the door closed—it is my domain. You might wonder, “what do you do in there?”
Well, here is a look into the inner sanctum. First, I turn on the lights—all of them. I found out a long time ago the best way to jumpstart your brain is to flood the room with light. So, I do. Then, I make a cup of coffee with my Keurig. We are very close friends. It took me a while to become friends because he had expensive tastes. But when Sam’s started offering cheaper coffee—we buddied up. Next, I also turn on the fireplace, regardless of the season, light a candle and sit back for a few minutes of news and weather.
After those preliminaries, I pull out my iPad and open YouVersion and read several devotionals. If you are a Jesus follower or a Jesus searcher, you really need to go to your app store and download YouVersion—it for free. Whether you are growing in Him or searching for Him…it is a go to place. After YouVersion, I read several email devotionals to get some more insight for the day. I also read some scripture—either for study purposes or just to read. Then, either at my desk or back in my chair I usually pray thanking God and asking Him to watch over the one’s I love and the upcoming day. So, there you go. This best part of waking up is a little coffee and a little more of God.
Mornings are my most productive time. Almost all of these stories are written early in the morning. My most productive study time is early in the morning. Most of my sermons are born then. If exercise is going to happen—it has to happen in the morning. Truth be known, half of my day happens in the first three or four hours of the new day. I often find what didn’t make sense at 4:00 pm makes plenty of sense at 5:30 am. What’s seemed overwhelming at 7:00 pm is no problem at 6:00 am.
Another of my favorite morning things, if the season is right, is to go out and sit on the patio and watch the sun rise—for the dawn to break and for the day to begin. I never ceased to be amazed at creation—the birth of another day. As darkness gives way to dawn, as night slips away to day, it is a visual promise from my Dearest Daddy that He is not done yet. Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” His job is to make them, and our job is to enjoy them. Even the more difficult days have lessons to learn…He’s not a waster…He is a provider.
Well, out on the patio I finish my last cup of coffee and sit back and take it all in. A new day, a fresh promise, another opportunity to enjoy my Dearest Father. So, what is your fresh start like? It really doesn’t matter if it starts with a four or a nine. It doesn’t matter if it is coffee or tea (but I can’t imagine that). It doesn’t matter if it is rain or sunshine…just make sure you know and remember that as you stroll with Him today…He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne