Fresh Hope – Day 1

Today I got up.


For some reason I seemed to have lost the peace that I went to bed with.


It’s happened many times before. I think the reason for this is that the mind plays games while we are semi-conscious, so much so, that we are unable to stop it in its negative tracks. It takes advantage of us while we sleep and steals from us what we gained the day before.


The problem is, is that we often allow this negative start to determine the outcome of the day. We mustn’t. The frustration and agitation that we feel isn’t real. These feelings are hoping that we will believe them, but remember, they are only thoughts and feelings; they are not set in stone. You have the power to overcome them by what you do in the next few minutes.


This morning I changed my day by changing my thoughts and feelings.


I changed them like I would change a watch that’s running out of sync. I have to set it to the rock solid GMT. It’s always right no matter where in the world I go. It’s never wrong.


For the past 35 years I’ve learnt to set my alarm to wake me earlier than my schedule for the day did. I made a cup of tea and sat down in my usual quiet place.


I opened my Bible and read a few verses that would anchor my life to the rock solid Jesus Christ.


I prayed and spread the day out before God. I gave to him my concerns, thoughts, plans and dreams. I prayed for others and those that I needed to speak to today.


I prayed about things that I needed and things that I desired.


I asked to be used today to help someone else. I asked that I would know who that would be amongst the many people that I will pass by throughout the day.


Spending this time, maybe 1/2 hour, maybe an hour, has set the scene for my day. No longer was my day going to decide my frame of mind or my mood, but I, through reading Gods word and prayer have made God the centre of my day.  I know that whatever comes my way now, it will be a blessed day.


Commit your plans to The Lord and they will succeed. (Proverbs 16v3)


Pastor Mark


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