Today we welcome guest blogger, Jenn Beglinger.
“His mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:23
I’m a bit of a coffee lover (okay, somewhat obsessed). Although I don’t like Folgers coffee, I agree with their slogan that one of the best parts of waking up is coffee in my cup. On occasion I’ve classified mornings by my coffee consumption: b.c. (“before coffee”); a.d. (“after demitasse” – which is a half cup of coffee); and c.e. (“contentedly elated”).
Although I value sleep there are many nights and early mornings that I am awakened by things that don’t add value to my life – like worry, regret, fear. Right now it’s so early the coffee grounds are hitting the snooze button.
I’m awake even though my eyes are closed and crusty (where does that stuff come from?). I remember a scripture verse that says, “I slept but my heart was awake” (Song of Solomon 5:2). I imagine that the writer of this verse is awake with excitement because he is delirious with love. This morning, I can relate to the delirious part, but the eyes of my heart are heavy with a crusty vision. So instead of being swallowed up by things that are out of my control, I’m pouring out my heart to God before pouring my first cup of coffee.
Just how early is it? Should I even look at the clock? No, it’s time to cast my cares upon my dear Friend who has big shoulders, listening ears, an understanding heart, and He knows me like the back of His hand. It’s time to look upward and not inward. It’s time to be filled with life. It’s time to find Him and ask how He sees me and my situation.
“God I look to You, I won’t be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God I look to You, You’re where my help comes from
Give me wisdom; You know just what to do”
(Jenn Johnson/Ian McIntosh Bethel Music Publishing 2010)
Good morning, Friend. Help me look to you and not within myself where I will only find more discouragement. Help me to draw upon your strength today and all the resources You offer. Help me to take advantage of the opportunity that is called today. Before getting ready for the day, help me to shed yesterday.
Every morning You look at me with fresh eyes. I’m fairly optimistic and try to see the best in people. But You God, You can truly see the best in us because when we confess our sins You not only forgive us, You throw those sins into the sea of forgetfulness. You clean off our slate EVERY DAY. The enemy slimes our “slate” and calls it our identity. And we can choose or deny to take on that slime.
Help me to see others as You see them, and to extend forgiveness. “Forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive others who put trash in our baskets” (anonymous 4-year old child).
So, thanks Friend for giving me a new day and for making me new. Thanks for lifting this heaviness and walking out this life with me.
The sun is rising, it’s time to face the day… how do you take your coffee?
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