It occurred to me that I could do other things for a morning "first." Things like
- Be glad it is time to wake up
- Wake up cheery and sunny
- Wake up feeling very well rested and like I don't need any more sleep
- Jump out of the bed and start singing
I was reading a while back in a book that suggested a 5 minute workout to start the day. There have been times in my life when I would wake up and run 6 miles in the morning and nothing was even chasing me. I have exercised in the morning. It is hard to carve that kind of time out of a morning for most people. This book suggested that a 5 minute wake up would get you feeling better, improve your mood, kick-start your metabolism, and wake you up. I wondered if this person ever heard of coffee.
Anyway, I did that this morning. There are a lot of these 5 minute exercise routines out there. The one I picked started off with 2 minutes of jumping jacks. The author said it's impossible to be depressed while jumping up and down. I am not too sure about that. After I had done approximately 349 jumping jacks, I looked at my clock and still had 43 seconds left. I was nearing depression at that point. Then you rest for a minute and do something else for 2 minutes. There are lots of variations on this.
Not a bad idea to stretch just a bit (this is actually before my walk this afternoon and not this morning)
Stretching not trying to push the house down
How about playing video games on TV for exercise and wake-up
Psalm 5:3- In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.
Psalm 59:16- But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress.
Psalm 143:8-Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.
Mark 1:35-In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.
Followers of Jesus need to start the day by renewing our relationship with Christ. Several things I have found to help are:
- Praying before I get out of bad
- Reciting Scripture memory verses when I first wake up
- Praying the Lord's prayer when I first wake up
- Saying Psalm 23 when I first wake up
- Thanking God for several things when I first wake up
Let's try to start our day with Jesus. You might even try jumping jacks with Jesus.
Jumping for the abundant life
3 things I thank God for today
1. The encouraging prayer group I was in on Wednesday night
2. Hickory trees
3. God wants to meet us in the morning