Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Did You Know God's A Morning Person?

WOW! I just finished the Bible Study this morning on the fruit of the Spirit, "Living Beyond Yourself" by Beth Moore which was absolutely packed with so many wonderful scriptural insights. The last study was on what a Victor's Day looks like which she based on Psalm 63 which I have included here:

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
1 O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.

3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.

4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

6 On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.

7 Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.

8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.

9 They who seek my life will be destroyed;
they will go down to the depths of the earth.

10 They will be given over to the sword
and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God's name will praise him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

Three interesting points she made:

Start our day with God because:
(1) The Psalmist did.
(2) Jesus did and Ephesians 5:1 tells us to be imitators of God. He is our example.
(3) God's mercies are new every morning!
(4) By confessing our sin, emptying ourselves by pouring out our concerns to God and asking Him to fill us with His Spirit, we can go through the day with supernatural power and spiritual discernment with all the fruit of the Spirit ready to face the day.
This morning my main concern is my sister's double knee replacement which she is having done today. Her name is Michelle and your prayers would be appreciated. She is a cancer survivor and has many physical problems. This is one more for her to have to deal with. Hopefully, she'll be able to walk much better afterwards.

Throughout day praise God for who He is. She says she listens to praise music all day long, just to help keep her mind focused on God throughout the day.

At night, as the day winds down Beth suggests we reflect over our day and see how God worked in our lives, then record it. I have never done this last one, but maybe will try it. What about you? Have you ever done this?

I am considering reposting each week's summary of what I learned through this study here from my PNN blog since not too many of these readers read my oneZemeks Updates at http://karen.pnn.com. Please leave a comment to let me know if you would like me to do this or not. I'll let my readers decide, based on the comments I get. Please don't hesitate to say you wouldn't be interested--my feelings won't be hurt.

9 comments:

Lynne Campbell said...

What a lovely post....I am convicted of this often....First of all, I have a hard time getting up....Thanks for the encouragement.

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Clara said...

This is a great post. I have been experimenting recently with what time I get up and when I have my primary time with God. I have certainly found that first thing in the morning is best. I'm even finding it easier to get up in the morning. This is also one of my favorite Psalms.

RogerDJ said...

Good reminder for we who end up jumping right into the business of the day. Usually there is no turning back once that starts with a house full of people.

I responded to your comment on my election day post on www.lifewithrog.
Just wanted to let you know.

God bless, Roger Dj

Tammy said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. What a wonderful post! I help teach confirmation class with my minister to the youth in our parish.

Mountain Woman said...

I will keep Michelle in my prayers.
I always start the morning with prayer and end it the same way as well. Throughout the day I give thanks to God for all I have.
I have kept a journal of many years of things I am thankful for as well as instances where God has worked in my life. I also write my struggles and where I need to improve.
Your post was beautiful and you posted one of my favorite Psalms. The Bible has so much beauty in it.

Mountain Woman said...

P.S. - Yes, please repost your summary on this blog.

"Annie" said...

Lovely and inspirational post. Thank you for sharing. :))

I stopped by to let you know that you've been awarded the Quiz Whiz award for giving such great answers to Tuesday's Question on A Nice Place In The Sun.

I hope you're having a blessed and peaceful evening.

Cheers,

Annie

Romy/mom811 said...

Okay Karen, I pray for Michelle, she will get through, God answers prayers: "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart."

Re: summary, good to have it here too, so it will only be one visit.

God to be our priority, yes! Apt, inspirational post you have, we should praise and thank God first thing in the morning.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Thanks all for you kind comments. I guess I will repost this sseries on this blog. I'm thinking maybe I'll post a part every Sunday.

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