RENEW YOUR MIND

Updated: Oct 23

What's the first thing you do when you wake up?

Do you work out? Make your to-do list? Check your emails? Scroll on social media? Help your kids get ready for school? I get it. The list feels never-ending.

However, one thing I've found that aligns my day is being intentional about my quiet time with God. It may mean waking up a little earlier to prioritize my morning, but spending time with Him first puts everything else into perspective.


Here are a few practical ways you can make time with God part of your morning routine:


Read the Bible

God's word is one of the primary ways He speaks to us. Make time to tune into His voice.

Consider utilizing some scripture apps.

Here are some good ones:

Our Daily Bread (Google Play and App Store)

Read Scripture: Crazy Love Ministries (Google Play)

Daily Scripture: Living Word (Google Play and App Store)

My favorite YouVersion(Google Play and Apple Store)


Affirmations

Affirmations can strengthen our spirit as we repeat them aloud or silently to ourselves, and they can help remind us of who we are in Christ. Here are some examples of affirmations that I use at different times in my life, depending on what I need:

"I am Chosen, Redeemed, Healed, and Greatly Loved."

"God is faithful."

"I will live by faith, not by sight."


Prayer

Start your day by covering yourself and others in prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for today, a new opportunity to love, give, and be all that you want me to be. I ask that You would guide my path today and, more specifically, my thoughts, words, and actions. Dear Lord, I pray for (another person(s)).

In Jesus Name, Amen


Be Still

In the morning, it can be helpful to make some quiet time to just clear your mind and make space in your heart for the Holy Spirit. You can think of this as meditation, reflection, or just listening to what God has to say to you at that moment. It might be difficult at first to slow your mind down if you are not used to finding stillness, after practice, you will find that you long for this special time.

Here are a few steps to get you started:

Find a comfortable place to sit, possibly in a chair with your feet on the floor or in any other comfortable position.

Close your eyes or just lower your gaze.

Take a few slow, deep, intentional breaths to the count of three, Exhale slowly and intentionally, to the count of three.

Imagine that, with each inhale, you breathe in all of God’s love, peace, and blessings for you. Each exhale, breathe out the love, peace, and blessings to others as an instrument of God.

If your mind wanders, that’s okay! Just bring it back to the present moment and your breathing.


Find Your Spiritual Tribe!

God calls us to hold each other accountable and to support each other's spiritual growth.

Hebrews 10:25 says, "...not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near" (ESV).

How can you encourage or hold another person accountable? Maybe a phone call, a text, or a hug.

Invitation to church, bible study, or a walk.


Worship Music

Put together a worship playlist and listen to it during your commute. Worship music uplifts our spirit. Scripture encourages us to find the music that allows our hearts to sing and connect to God.

Here are some of my favorites:

Stand in your love by Bethel Music & Josh Baldwin

Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin

Won’t Stop Now by Elevation Worship

Renewing your mind each morning sets your day up for responding to whatever life throws at you in ways that feed your spirit and prepare you to be an instrument of God.



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