This isn’t an extremely profound thought, but it’s a good reminder for me that I thought I’d share. (You see, I have this habit of forgetting good things if I don’t write about them, share them with others, and then re-read them again. A blog is handy in that way.)
I’ve found that a good start to creating a healthy refuge each day is spending even a brief amount of time praying. Not just praying to “something out there.” But, praying to the eternal, life-giving, all-powerful One True God of the Universe. Conversing with Him, even for a few minutes at the start of my day, changes my perspective. I go from “today is all about me” to “today is all about Him and others.” Ironically, when this shift occurs, the day not only goes better for my others–my husband, kids, friends, co-workers, etc–but also for me. There is much more that can be said about that, but it’s “funny” how that principle works.
This morning’s quick prayer is hands down one of my favorites. It’s from a Puritan Prayer called “Morning Dedication”:
“Almighty God, as I cross the threshold of this day I commit myself, soul, body, affairs, friends, to Thy care. Watch over, keep, guide, direct, sanctify, bless me. Incline my heart to thy ways….May I speak each word as if my last word, and walk each step as my final one. If my life should end today, let this be my best day.”
The rest of this prayer and many others that I’d describe as “heart-melting” are at this link:
P.S. This post was providential, I suppose, since not 30 minutes after writing it a fourth person in the past three weeks in my family woke up puking. This time it is the 2-year-old. I commit yet another puke-filled/cleaning-up day to you, God!