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The Number One Way to Start Your Day

The #1 Way to Start Your Day

- by Joyce Meyer
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The Number 1 Way To Start Your Day

God wants us to have joy in the midst of our ordinary, everyday life—even on the worst days of our life. 

It took me a lot of years to figure this out, but I now know that the very best way to start my day is by giving thanks to God for what He's done for me, and asking Him how I can be a blessing to other people. 

There were times in my life when I dreaded facing each day. All I could think about was my circumstances—wondering how Dave and I were going to pay the bills or get everything done that we needed to do. Sometimes I wanted to pull the covers over my head and just stay in bed. 

I was so wrapped up in worry that I was missing the point: God had created a new day, and He wanted me to enjoy it.

Achieving an A+ Attitude 

Every single day is filled with all kinds of situations that could upset you—things like losing your car keys or getting caught in a traffic jam. But you can choose to be at peace and in control.

God doesn't necessarily create difficult situations for us, but He will use them to develop our character. 

When you and I take our minds off ourselves and our circumstances, and put our focus on God and loving others, we are embracing an attitude that will bring honor to Him.

No matter what happens during our lifetime, we can be sure that God is working everything out for our good.

Setting Realistic Expectations

Another thing I've learned is that you cannot count on someone else to make you happy. You must take responsibility for your own happiness. 

There was a time when I would feel sorry for myself if Dave went to play golf the day after one of our big conferences. I wanted him to go shopping or watch a movie with me. But God showed me that we have different ways of relaxing and unwinding.

By keeping our expectations of each other "real," we can be free to do what we really enjoy.

Putting God and Others First

When you feel discouraged about yourself or your circumstances, remember that God made you and loves you just the way you are. He is leading you to where you're supposed to be. And He is going to be with you every step of the way. 

I encourage you to spend time each morning focusing on the good things God has done in your life. Think about the dangers and difficulties He's brought you through, the ways He's healed you and changed you, and how good it is to know He cares for you and hears your prayers. 

When you learn to set your mind on God each morning, He'll give you all the peace and joy you need to love others every single day of your life.

We do not need to strive for power or hope to have power someday; we have power now! The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us (see Rom. 8:11) and we can be quickened (filled with life) by that power. This is not a onetime filling that slowly drains out of us as the days go by, but we can be filled day by day and even moment by moment. We can constantly and continually experience God’s presence and power in our lives. When we belong to Him, there is never a time when His power is not accessible to us.

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