These Christian steps you can use to power your morning and help you cultivate a strong spiritual foundation and a sense of purpose as you face the challenges and opportunities of each day.
1. Pray, First. The first thing when we open our eyes, arise in the morning and before our feet hit the floor. Take a moment to be "be still". Allow God to have your full attention and surrender all your thoughts to His will. Praying in the morning is a powerful way for Christians talk with God through prayer because we are giving him "thanks and praise" for waking us up in the morning.
2. Devotional. If, I grab my phone in the morning, I would hope the first app I would open is the YouVersion (Bible.com) app. It can be a challenge at times to ignore the notifications from other social apps. But this is just an option for those who want to read scripture or devotional from their phone. YouVersion has plentiful of devotionals to study for almost every life changing or relatable circumstance that you may be going through. Marriage, singles, loneliness, abandonment, forgiveness, finances, divorce, motherhood, career, and many more related to help and guide you into truth, but in power you to keep living and walking in God's grace.
3. Listen to Worship Music. Worship music are psalms, hymns, and words to encourage the listener to focus intentionally on giving praises and thanks to God. There are various songs for worship from contemporary to gospel. You both genres of music in playlist on Spotify, Apple Music or Pandora. YouTube also has visual or video playlist of worship music created by Christian YouTubers.
4. Listen to a Christian Podcast. If you love a great podcast, I have a great collection of podcasters you can listen to power your morning with God.
Whatever platform you use enjoy listening to these in the morning or throughout the day:
With the Perrys - Jackie and Preston Perry
The Christine Caine "Equip & Empower" - Christine Caine
Focus on the Family Marriage - Jim Daly and John Fuller
Living Word Fellowship Church - Dr. Paul Cannings
Tony Evans' Sermons on Oneplace.com - Dr. Tony Evans
5. Prayer Call: Prayer Line is on the phone praying with others or for others. It's uplifting to make your request known not only to God, but as well other believers with in the Kingdom of God. You are on the phone with your sisters or brothers in Christ praying for each other on the prayer call. It is uplifting and well empowering to know that you have others praying on your behalf or with you as you make request known to God. What you share on the call someone else may have not spoken their request but that other person hearing your prayer is encouraging for them as well to uplift them and empower to keep trusting in God through life or an answer from God.
6. Bible Study: Studying God's Word should always be apart of our morning routine. If we're not connected to God's Word then we're disconnected. God's Word is the Armor we should put on everyday when we wake up! Take time to read at least 10-15 minutes of your morning to hear from His Word. His Word is the lamp to our feet and the light to our path.
7. Biblical Declarations / Affirmations: Declaring God's Word over your life. Make it a daily habit to speak God's promises over you. The enemy cannot withstand or try to tempt you if you guard your heart with the Word of God. One of my favorite declarations in scripture is "For I know the plans I have for you, declared The Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11. Another known declaration, "Never will He leave me, never will He forsake me." Hebrews 13:5. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13 When you put these declarations into your daily habit in the morning, you will feel empowered and spiritually equipped to face any circumstance throughout your day. Because we know there is power in the Word of God, and it even makes the demons tremble.
8. Be Still: Be still simply means no matter what is happening around you, you are assured and known that God is still in control. Let's say you had a sleepless night over something that weighed heavy on your heart the previous day. But in the night we may weep, but JOY comes in the morning! We don't have to carry our worries, because we have a God who is our Comforter to carry them for us. SO, just BE STILL and know that He is God.
9. Walk Outdoors and Observe God's Creation: Spending time in God's creation outdoors gives us evidence to witness God's wonderful works. He created this beautiful world we all live in. We can still see goodness even though there are some darkness surfacing it, but God is still good. We see his goodness, in the morning sun. We see his goodness, in the cloudy skies. We also see his goodness in the wildflowers He cares so wonderfully for. It's a glimpse of what we image heaven make look like, but its the beauty of reminding us of God is just good.
10. Read a Book: Your morning reading should always start with the Word of God first. If you would also like additional reading after you study here are some favorites I'll share with you:
Elijah "Faith and Fire" by Priscilla Shrier
The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
The Purpose of Driven Life by Rick Warren
A Woman's High Calling: 10 Ways to Live Out God's Plan for Your Life by Elizabeth George
It's About Time: The Art of Choosing The Meaningful Over the Urgent by Valorie Burton
100 Days of Faith Over Fear Devotional Journal by Lisa Stilwell
11. Journal: Journaling is a way Christians can self-reflect and self-examine. It's an opportunity of pouring out your thoughts onto pair and aligning those thoughts with the promises of God. Think of it as writing an epistle to God like the disciples did in the Bible. You can journal your prayers, praise reports, or even trials you are going through and how God is empowering you to walk with him through them. It creates also an opportunity for spiritual maturity and repentance. You can also go back and see how God lead you in the past through the words you wrote during that period or circumstance in your life.
12. Align your plans with God: Every decision and plan that we make should always align with God's Word. It's meaningless for us to think we can live a life with out God. He is the source of all things and He has the power to control all things today, yesterday and tomorrow. "A man can plan is way, but The Lord orders his steps," Proverbs 16:9. Everything we do should be done with purpose, for His purpose and glory alone. So when, we plan in the morning for what our day should look like or go. Pray that no matter what our day may turn out to be, we will trust God and continue to serve in His grace.
13. Send Encouragement to Others Sending out a text message early in the morning to my family and friends, a simple "Good morning! Have a blessed day!" It brings me joy knowing that I can encourage and remind that I was thinking of them. It's empowering to encourage others because it is what God commands us to 'love our neighbors'. As Christians, staying connected with our neighbors (The Body of Christ) is essential to living a life pleasing God. He said to encourage one another, build each other up! (1 Thessalonians 5:11). So, simple as sending a morning text to your friends or family, or calling to check on a love one.
14. Renew Your Mind: Be transformed by renewing your mind. (Romans 12:1) When we wake up every morning we have a new mercies to walk in God's glory because he has given us another day to live. A new mindset because the old man is fading away and the new glory we have in Jesus Christ is waiting to be revealed. In His Word, away from all the distractions (cell phone or TV) and just keeping your thoughts and attention on Him. The enemy is always trying to attack our thoughts when we open our eyes in the morning. But feel empowered to speak God's Word against his lies and trust in the Words in your heart that are there to renew your thoughts. When we change the way we think, we change the way we face whatever trial that comes our way.
15. Gratitude - Count your Blessings: Practicing gratitude can have profound effects on your mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. However, taking a moment to pause and count your blessings can be a transformative practice. Gratitude is about recognizing and expressing appreciation for the people, experiences, and things that bring joy, meaning, and fulfillment to your life. It helps you focus on the good things in your life, even during difficult times. You shift your attention away from stressors and worries, which can lead to reduce anxiety and a sense of calmness. To start a gratitude practice, simply take a few minutes each day to reflect on the things you're thankful for. You can jot them down in a journal, share them with a friend or family member, or simply keep them in your thoughts. It's a small but powerful step toward living a more fulfilled and content life.
16. Memorize Bible Verse: Memorizing Bible verses can hold significant value for individuals who seek to deepen their faith and relationship with God. Keep his word close to your heart they bring health to the whole body. (Proverbs 4:21-23) The Word of God is our sword, says the Bible. We should feel empowered to use it and know it so we can live a life pleasing to God. Recalling God's promises and wisdom from memory can bring peace and reassurance in moments of distress. Knowing specific verses can help individuals resist temptation and avoid sinful behavior. When faced with moral dilemmas, memorized Scripture can serve as a moral compass. Memorization requires discipline and regular practice, which can translate into a more disciplined and focused spiritual life. It encourages consistency in Bible study and reflection. You can simply use your morning by writing and studying a verse you can remember for a week. As you remember God's Word this particular verse throughout your week for memory. Choose another verse to remember the following week.
17. Workout: A workout in your morning routine is another great way to empower your morning. Organize a workout regimen suitable for you to keep healthy and have energy.
18: Rebuke, Shut Down Every Speculation or Evil Thoughts:
In the morning, remember to shut down those thoughts the enemy attempts to throw at you, attacking your mindset when you wake up. Use these verses for memory when face with opposition.
James 4:7-8 (NIV): "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you."
This verse encourages believers to resist evil thoughts and temptations by drawing closer to God.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV): "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
This verse underscores the importance of controlling one's thoughts and bringing them into alignment with Christ.
Philippians 4:8 (NIV): "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
This verse encourages believers to focus on virtuous and uplifting thoughts rather than dwelling on evil or negative ones.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV): "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
This proverb emphasizes the importance of safeguarding one's heart and mind against sinful thoughts and influences.
Matthew 5:28 (NIV): "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
This verse highlights the seriousness of sinful thoughts and the need to address them. In these verses, the Bible encourages believers to actively resist evil thoughts and sinful inclinations, striving for a righteous and God-honoring mindset. This involves prayer, self-examination, and seeking God's help to overcome sinful tendencies and replace them with thoughts that are in line with His teachings.
19. Have Breakfast with Jesus! You can have breakfast with Jesus! While you are making breakfast you can also study God's Word. The most important meal of the day is said to be breakfast, and so is Jesus! Use your mornings to have breakfast and read God's Word.
20. Pray for others: We should always be praying for others, our friends, family, and the world we live in. So much is going on, pray for people to draw near to God, pray for the lost, pray for others who are burden with trials, pray for the ill or sick, and pray for those who face risk spreading the gospel.
I hope these steps have encouraged you so you can use any of them to empower your morning with God. Be blessed.