Fresh Hope – 16th August 2017

There’s rarely a day goes by, but that I start it with a good half hour in what I call my ‘quiet time’. I get up early, make a cup of tea and sit in the same seat. On one side of me I have my Bible and on the other I have my prayer list. That list is filled with requests for people and situations, as well as my own needs, that of our family and of course our church.

Some people would consider it a waste of time so early in the morning. They prefer to use it lying longer in bed and then racing around, getting themselves ready for work; but I know from more than 30 years of doing this that my life would not be the same if I didn’t spend my first moments with Jesus.

If you think of life like a merry -go -round, then you are not too far away from what each day feels like when it gets going. Taking a few moments with God, before the ride starts, sets you up properly for the day. You may well wake up some days frustrated, tired, bored, confused, annoyed, anxious, and even at odds with yourself, and yet in this few quber moments you can lay it all out before God and realign your life as to what really matters and find peace even in the midst of the worst storm.

I like to read the Bible as if it were a three course meal; It feeds me spiritually before the day starts. I read it through consecutively, so that I don’t just randomly stumble on something that takes my fancy each morning. I’ll read a little from the Old Testament as my starter; then a little from the New Testament as my main course; then a little from Psalms or Proverbs as my dessert, washed down with spending a few moments with God in prayer.

I find that diet to be tried and trusted; one that will help form a daily habit in keeping you not only well balanced, but well nourished too.

In just the same way that your physical and emotional health is important, then so is your spiritual health, in fact, it’s more important in that you are involving and including God in your every move. If anyone can help you…He can.

If your life is out of control from the moment you wake, then why not make a decision starting right now to plan for a ‘quiet time’ each day?

Set your alarm clock for tomorrow morning just 30 minutes earlier and start the day with Jesus.

Join me again tomorrow morning for more practical hints on how to pray and see answers everyday.

Psalm 46:10 He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;…’

Pastor Mark

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