BIBLE READING 1 Tim. 1: 15 - 17 15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners"—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
BLOG: As we take shutters down and put our hurricane supplies away, life returns to normal. Regular routines, habits, and schedules are starting to reemerge. I noticed that during this hurricane that my morning routine almost disappeared. Usually, I would start my day with prayer, Bible reading, grateful journaling, and personal reading. After a couple of days, I began to feel its effects, or lack thereof, on me.
Daniel 6:10 When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.
Daniel knew that if he kept praying three times a day to God that he would be a lion's next dinner. But that didn't stop him.
Daniel was never going to let anyone keep God out of his day. Too often, we allow emails, "urgent" requests, phone calls, and schedules to separate us from our time with God.
Daniel needed his time with God. He realized that he couldn't be the man of God; he was supposed to be without his daily time with God. Or in other words, he would rather die and be someone else.
Daniel knew that he couldn't function without his anchor. His time with God kept him focused on the right things and moving in the right direction. Without God, he was doomed to wander in a different direction.
What do you do every morning to anchor yourself to God for the day?
PRAY: Dear Jesus, I give my day to you, be my anchor through it. AMEN