Beating the Monday morning blues…

Monday morning blues

Anyone who gets up early and works out regularly understands the issue…

Sometimes you get up, the sun is shining, you feel great, and you’re ready to tackle your workout regimen or run! On the farm we expressed it this way… “Like a good horse, chomping at the bit!”

And then there are other days… You feel tired, lacking motivation, a bit discouraged, achy… fact is you’d just like to crawl back into bed and pull the covers over your head… “Let the world go away!”

Somehow, I feel like King David, would have felt a bit like my second example when he wrote Psalm 86! Things weren’t going well, things in the throne room were a struggle, He was a bit discouraged, faith was a steep uphill climb… He didn’t know what to do except pray about it and pour out his heart to God – so that’s what he did…

Hey, it’s Monday! Maybe you feel that way too… My advice on this Monday? Make the words of Psalm 86 your prayer at the beginning of this week!

A PRAYER OF DAVID. “Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life – save your servant, who trusts in You – You are my God! Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to You do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to You, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. You, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon You. Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon You, for You answer me. There is no one like You, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours! … For You are great and do wondrous things; You alone are God! Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me! … Show me a sign of your favor!” (From Psalm 86 ESV)

There it is… A prayer for Monday morning (and any other time it’s needed)!

My personal prayer…

My prayerI have often made 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 a birthday prayer blessing shared with my friends (some of you have probably received it on your birthday), but today I felt compelled to make it my PERSONAL prayer…

And this is my fervent prayer, that God would make me worthy of His calling and fulfill in my life by His power every desire I have for goodness and every work that is prompted by faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in and through my life, according to the overflowing and abundant grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ! (A personal prayer adapted from 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)

Oh Heavenly Father, I pray that in sincerity in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Really looking forward to “Church” this Sunday…

Worship at ChurchIt’s Sunday – “the Lord’s Day” for Christians – and in a few short hours I’m going to join fellow Christians for something called “church!”

Now there are several reasons I make “church” a part of my weekly schedule – wonderful things that I experience at “church”…

I look forward to encouraging fellowship with fellow Christians – their presence and encouragement helps me in my “faith journey” as a Christian.

I am challenged to continue in my walk with the Lord by an inspiring message from God’s word.

And then there’s the worship – authentic, heartfelt, uplifting, and Christ-honoring!  It directs my heart upward, away from my challenges and problems, to the Living God and his promises!

Oh, and one more… there are wonderful opportunities for me to get my mind off of myself and serve the Lord in ministry to others, and the giving of my resources to the cause of Christ and the gospel.

Just a few of the reasons I’ll be in “church” this Sunday!!!

But one more – perhaps the BIGGEST reason I prioritize “church” (beyond the fellowship, the message, and the worship)… the wonderful sense of GOD’S PRESENCE I’ll experience there!  Let me tell you, there’s nothing like it!  In fact, the inspired writer of Psalm 84 probably said it best for me…

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts!  My soul longs for, yes faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the Living God!… Blessed are those who dwell in Your house, ever singing Your Praise!  Blessed are those whose strength is in You! … They go from strength to strength! … For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere!  I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness!  The Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor!  No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly!  O Lord of Hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in You!” (From Psalm 84)

Gotta tell you, I’m really looking forward to “church” this Sunday!

 

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