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Spending Time With God First Thing Each Morning!

Psalm 119:147

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.

Easter morning I rose at 4:30 am.  I know that some of our men and women – some of my friends – wake that early or earlier on a regular basis.  Two of my sons gets up that early most every day.  It is not my usual time to rise though.  As a matter of fact – there have been nights I haven’t gone to sleep until that time!  My normal time to rise is 6:00 am or so.  By that time we were starting worship on Easter morning.  It was a powerful morning – we had a great time worshiping God with the tribe from Judah Temple AME Zion Church.  The sun rose and we were celebrating the Son rising.

How do you start your mornings – whether you start it before dawn or after the sun has risen?  The passage today says: I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. Whatever time you rise – put your hope – your first thoughts – on God.  Read His Word – spend time in prayer – sit and listen for God to speak to your heart.  It will help start your day on the right note!  I know it works because it works for me – try it!

I hope to see you Sunday as we move forward with the Resurrection series.  We have spent a number of sermons on salvation – and we have seen some fruit as souls have been turned to Jesus!  In the weeks to come we are going to search God’s word for what we are to do to mature in our faith.  I look forward to seeing you on Sunday mornings and if not – listen on our podcasts (iTunes Store – search for Mt Oak UM to subscribe) or to our MP3 files on our website on our sermon page – http://www.mtoak.org/media/mo-sermons.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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April 13, 2012 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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