The way you start your day can dictate the kind of day that you have. I know most of you have heard the saying, “looks like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed,” which basically means that your day is all discombobulated. Or, if I’m saying that to my husband, it means that he is grouchier than a sore-tailed cat.
I’ve been trying to start my days more intentionally since the first of the year. Of course, it doesn’t always work out as planned, but I try to re-group and take control of the day before it gets totally out of control. On the days that seem to spiral out of my control, I tell myself that it was just one day, and I get another chance the next morning.
As soon as my eyes open, I say a quick THANK YOU, LORD, for giving me another day. That is the easy part of my morning; the next part is where it can get tricky. Joe is normally up before me, and if that is the case, my morning goes like this.
Wake up. Say my THANK YOU prayer. Grab my phone from the bedside. Open up my YouVersion Bible App. Read and listen to the Daily Devotion. Screenshot the scripture and the prayer. Load the screenshots to my stories on Instagram.
I try to do all of this before I get out of bed because once I get up, the day can throw off my good intentions.
If Joe is still in bed, then I have to adapt and improvise. Part of the Daily Devotional is a video that talks about the upcoming scripture of the day. I don’t want to wake Joe up, so I won’t play it if he is in bed. Here is how my morning goes if this happens.
Wake Up. Say my THANK YOU prayer. Grab my phone from the bedside. Lucy Lu, my dog, will follow me from the bedroom and wants to be fed immediately, so that is my first stop. While she is eating, I grab a cup of coffee. Then, Lucy Lu wants to go to the potty. So, I head out the door and wait for her to finish her business. I go inside and sit down with every intention of doing the YouVersion Daily Devotional, but there are days when I make the mistake of opening my computer instead. This is where I can go down the rabbit hole.
I know that I am not the only one with good intentions that finds themself wondering how the day got away from them. I have a system for making sure that I get back on track in the mornings, so I thought I would share my system with you.
I signed up for the Daily Devotional scripture to be emailed to me each morning. If I make the mistake of opening up my emails, at least I will get a “reminder” when I see the daily scripture. If you are anything like me, you know that one reminder doesn’t always do the trick. So, I also have an alarm set on my phone that tells me to pray and do my morning devotional.
Between those two reminders, I have been able to follow through with my plan consistently. Here is the funny thing…the devil tries to derail me over and over again. There are days when I open my YouVersion App, and it won’t load. Hmm. I am not about to let that throw me, so I will turn off the wifi and try again. If that doesn’t work, I will turn back on the Wi-Fi and try a different network. Then, I say out loud, “give up, devil, because I will not stop until this works!”
If the devil doesn’t succeed with that tactic, he uses people to throw me off track. While I am trying to do my devotional, Joe will want me to come to look at something, the lumber company will call with a problem, Lucy Lu starts whining at the door, or any number of unexpected issues come out of nowhere. Like before, I tell the devil that I can see what he is doing, and it isn’t going to stop me.
There are days when the devil succeeds in delaying me from my plans, but so far, I have been able to do my devotional still and post on Instagram every day this year. Recognizing the devil’s tricks is the hard part for all of us. He is conniving, wily, and clever when it comes to separating us from the Lord.
One of the devil’s best tactics for throwing me off track is busyness. I am always busy, and it is so easy to prioritize a deadline or a meeting over my time with the Lord. Because the Lord is available to us 24/7, I can rationalize that my deadline or meeting can’t be changed, but I can change the time I spend with the Lord to a different time. Sounds correct, but the devil is hoping that I “won’t” remember to change my time and that I will completely forget.
14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—
The devil is sometimes successful in sidetracking me. I am human, and I am prone to mistakes. BUT, I can take great pleasure in knowing that he will not succeed in the end. The blood of Jesus Christ has already defeated him. The devil might win a few battles, but he will not win the war.
10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Bye, bye, devil! It couldn’t happen to a nicer person!!!
I’ve got to run…my alarm is reminding me to praise the Lord, the ultimate winner!
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!