Joy In Purpose

Psalm 5:3  “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord, in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee and will look up.”

     At night I am weary from the days work.  At night I cannot concentrate, for the activities of the day keep interfering and interrupting my thoughts.  At night I fall asleep before my prayer is completed. At night my desire lacks importunity.
    In the morning, my mind is fresh and rested.  In the morning, I come first to the Lord while my thoughts are clear and unencumbered by the days activity.  In the morning I am alert and eager to pray with persistence.  In the morning I do not fall asleep.
    This is my experience.  Rising early is not for everyone, but you’ll never know what a blessing it can be until you try it.  Many years ago, after the Lord saved me, and I was a young Christian, I had the desire to pray and study His Word, but usually once the days activities began I spent most of the day saying to myself, “I’ll read my Bible later.”  But “later” usually never came.  Finally, at the end of the day, I would fall wearily into bed with a brief prayer on my lips as I fell asleep.  I continued in this pattern until a great need arose.  This need caused me to have a heartfelt desire to seek God’s help and draw closer to the Lord by reading my Bible and praying. But as a busy wife and mother there was no “alone” time.  Thus the Holy Spirit caused me to purpose in my heart to arise early so I could spend some quiet time with the Lord.  At first the time was only 15 minutes.  At first I could barely hold my eyes open and I wondered if I was being sensible.  But I had purposed to spend some time alone with the Lord each day.
    Well, it wasn’t long at all before the blessing of such a time became apparent.  Soon the JOY of being alone with the Lord made me eager to arise early and made me want to spend more than just 15 minutes.  I asked the Lord to provide me with more time and He made everything convenient.  Oh, how I thank Him for giving me such a desire.  May He grant you the same desire also.
    Early morning, middle of the day or late at night, may we all purpose anew in our hearts to spend some time alone with the Lord each day.
Theme: The Better Way: Purpose and Discipline = Structure and Order= Rest and Strength

About Gail Slawson

I am a 74 year old wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. After 54 years of marriage, my husband and I have been richly blessed with 4 wonderful children and their wonderful mates and 19 precious grandchildren, five of whom are already with the Lord and 5 great-grandchildren. My husband and I are busy retirees and reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we serve the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible Studies, as mentors in our church and telling others about Him "as we go." Mark 16:15
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7 Responses to Joy In Purpose

  1. Anita says:

    Excellent advice! Well written too. It amazes me…we have so much in common!


  2. Melinda says:

    “Good entry 🙂 And I love the song…I played this last Sunday during the Lord’s Supper…very comforting when life gets busy.”


  3. Glen says:

    I am encouraged heading into the new year as my prayers are always answered,


  4. Lynn says:

    Thank you for your uplifting Bible Encouragement devotions. I think about them during the day as I can get to feeling frustrated and depressed about all that goes on.


  5. Michelle M says:

    Hi Gail-hope you and yours are doing well. My Mother and my Aunt and I meet every weekday -on the phone-and we have devotions. I hope you don’t mind that I have shared with them from your website? We all really enjoy your writing! Thanks for obeying God and sharing your gifts with us all! Have a GREAT day in the Lord.


  6. Janet says:

    Great reminder of our need to seek Him…


  7. Debra says:

    I want to share Gail’s bible link because I think many of us need to find a special time for prayer and bible reading. I also have found early in the morning to be the best time before the concerns of the day fill my mind. The joy and strength the Lord brings will be worth the effort!


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