My morning started off great with some time in God’s Word and prayer! I’ve been following a reading plan that a friend from WV gave my mom, my sister and me. Right now we are reading through 1 Samuel, also the corresponding Psalms written by David, and a chapter in Acts. This morning’s reading was 1 Samuel 22-23, Psalms 52, 54, 57, and 63, as well as Acts 8. All this reading and some time in prayer only takes me about 30 minutes. Time well spent I must say! For the most part I’m able to get it all done before the boys wake up for the morning.
I must admit to letting this area of my walk with the Lord slip over the years, especially as children started coming along. But the Lord has given me a new determination and a strong desire to make this work! I’m now on my 10th straight day of making this quiet time happen! What a blessing it has been to me! I’ve noticed also that my boys seem to be better behaved. Maybe it’s because mama’s focus has been put into the right place from the start of the day. I’m in a better frame of mind and my boy’s are feeding off of that. How cool is that?
Another thing I’ve begun doing is spending a few minutes every morning teaching the boys a memory verse. Our first verse was/is Ephesians 6:1. Within just a few days John was able to say the whole verse with just a couple helps! Noah is also doing an excellent job! I plan to add the next few verses in Ephesians 6 as the boys seem ready to move on. Of course teaching them this verse has helped with their behavior, too. 😉
So back to my Bible reading for the morning. Psalm 63 was a great blessing to me this morning so I’m going to post it here. I hope you find it as encouraging as I did!
A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
1 O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
4 Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
6 When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
7 Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
8 My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek my life, to destroy it,
Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall fall by the sword;
They shall be a portion for jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him shall glory;
But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.