THE GOLDEN HOUR

THE GOLDEN HOUR:

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Your ever dependable alarm goes off.  What’s your most likely response? Is it:

A. “Arghh!!” As you hit the snooze button several times to a point where you know it’s plain ridiculous.

Or:

B. “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it”; as you skip out of bed with a bounce in your step. (Hmm, maybe, I should cut down on those girly animations I watch).

My likely response is both. Some days I’ll be woken up by God at wee hours of the morning and other days I’ll struggle. Nonetheless, I’m learning about the glory of dawn and I’m more than glad to share that with you.

The morning is the beginning of a new day; a strange land that you have never been to, a place that was nothing more than an illusion when you went to sleep. The morning is a marvel, a golden chance to seize the day by immediately going into God’s presence before anything else captures your attention. Check in with God before you step into your day. Is your to-do list jam-packed? Commit it to God. Make your plans but allow God’s perfect will to take precedence.

The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits. Commit your works  to the Lord and they will be established. (Proverbs 16:1-3)

I encourage you to seek God, no matter the hour.

 

 

A prayer for the morning

Dear God, thank you for this day. Joy has come. The morning is here with the message of your undying love. You have kept me and defended me, fought my battles and preserved my life. You neither sleep nor slumber. You watch my coming in and my going out. Lord, I have never been here, this is a new place. As promised in your word  You have gone ahead of me. Give me the grace to stand in paths that you’ve already walked on and approved. I need you to hem me in from the front and back and to have your hand above me. I need a touch from you, nothing else would do. I am not condemned for I am in Christ and I am a new creation. I will walk by Faith and not by sight, always lifting my head unto you for the world  is full of lies. I set my eyes above, where you reside, where truth, restoration, deliverance, wisdom and fullness of joy reside. I reaffirm my commitment to you and I declare that there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than in your everlasting arms. Thank you Jesus, I’m now ready to face my world. You’re my delight. Abide in me as I abide in you.

Amen.

 

FOR THOSE AT THEIR WITS END

Life’s answers are hardly ever drawn across the sky.

And chances are that you will hardly ever get the answers you are looking for when you cry out to God with such prayers: ‘Lord, show me what to do. Lord, show me, I will do it, as long as I know its you!’

I believe in a God who blesses us with wise counsel , a God who gives us good things. But I have also learnt that the wise solutions we seek may not necessarily come in the way we want, valid as they are. I may be walking on the beach and find a little note in a bottle conveniently addressed to me or I may dine with angels – all giving me answers to my dilemmas or best yet, I may hear God’s voice, in a whisper or in the wind. After all, He is a mighty God who does as He pleases. Acknowledging this truth, that He can do all things, including writing on the wall, I still persist in diving into the word for answers, and calling out to God from a secret place.

I appreciate the struggle we sometimes face as human beings, in trying to find God’s perfect will with regards to desicions and temptations. I know how it feels to be in a place where one knows not what step of action to take. It could be one of those catch-22 scenarios, or something that hits you leaving you not knowing left from right. I don’t know what your today looks like, but I want to bring a perspective here, with special regard to situations which leave us planless. Stuff you should do when you see a huge signpost with the words: “End of Wit”.

Please follow through these three key words and their accompanying scriptures. Enjoy!

Key word: ALWAYS.

Scripture: Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice. (Phillipians 4:4)

To rejoice is to express abundant happiness in the Lord. We are to do this always; regardless of what season we are in. You may not know what to do in your season but rest assured that everything works together for the good of those who love Him(Romans 8:28). The Lord sustains us through all of life. He wakes us up with the message of His unfailing love and we say, ‘This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.’ Doesn’t matter whether you woke up with no solution to your problems. The fact is that the Lord has made this day and we will embrace it with rejoicing and be glad in it. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord (Psalms 150). That includes you in your quest for answers.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!

Key word: ALL

Scripture: In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Thanksgiving:

We are to give thanks in ALL things. Whether we know God’s will or not. Whether life makes sense or not; give thanks. Solution or none; give thanks. It is God’s will in Christ Jesus concerning you. To give thanks. With or without reason. The psalmist talks of a sacrifice of thanksgiving (Psalms 107:22 & 116:17). It is a sacrifice when there is absolutely nothing else you can do in a particular situation. It is surrender. Better yet, thank Him for what He is yet to do in the days to come. Thank Him because He is greater than the solution you seek and after all, when you meet God, you meet solution. Shift your focus away from your current scenario and thank God.

Key word: CONTINUALLY

Scripture: Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Prayer:

Personal prayer is a very, well, personal thing. No one can teach you how to have a conversation with God. Only you can articulate your feelings, emotions, desires, petitions, supplications. Only you can bring that out in the best way you know how. It is your sojourn, your story, your walk. No one else knows your sadness, and strangers cannot share your joy (Proverbs 14:10, The Holy Bible, New Century Version). Pray within God’s word. Best part is, He knows all your stuff, He knows what you are about. He knows everything about you, including things that you have no idea about, so why not pour it all out to Him who cares, Him who takes our burdens and offers us a means of escape? He who was tempted in every way that we are, yet overcame? (Hebrews 4:15). People, trust God all the time. Tell him all your problems, because God is our protection.(Psalms 62:8, The Holy Bible, New Century Version).

The most beautiful truth about these verses is that they point us back to God. Rejoice IN the Lord, give thanks in ALL things and pray CONTINUALLY. It’s about relationship with God. Remaining in Him always. Everything started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.

He has a Plan.

Seek Him.