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While I was working on a post “What’s in my makeup bag?”, It got me thinking about “What’s in my morning bag?”. What I mean by this is: How and with what do I begin my mornings? What should I be starting my mornings off with?
A good start in the morning is not a guarantee to a perfect day, but starting my morning off with things like surrender and a grateful heart should be an ongoing motivation for me throughout the day. My attitude makes all the difference.
When I am down, my day is bad no matter what. But as soon as I choose to be grateful, it is amazing how much better I respond:
- When something/someone annoys me
When someone speaks unkindly to me
When I mess things up
Having a God-centered, surrendered heart and choosing to look at life with a positive perspective, changes my day. When a test comes, it is easier to keep choosing what I have already chosen.
It is important what choices I make every day. Choices that I personally need to make every morning (and throughout the day) are:
Choose to be happy, to have grateful responses, to smile and to not let unnecessary things steal my joy.
Choose to read and to think about God’s word throughout the day.
Choose to take time to talk and listen to God.
Choose to think kindly of a certain person that I may be struggling with.
Choose to be motivated.
Choose to overcome my failures and shortcomings.
Choose to not compare myself with others. Whether it be out of pride (thinking I am better) or out of insecurity (thinking I will never be good enough).
I love putting on makeup and nice clothes to brighten my appearance. But if my heart is sad it will not matter how hard I try to look beautiful and happy in my appearance, because what is on the inside will come out.
What are choices you make every day? How are some fun ways you spiritually prepare yourself in the morning? What’s in your morning bag?
I would love to chat with you in the comments below!
She works willingly and diligently. Generosity and trustworthiness mark her character. She is kind and teaches kindness.
Never belittle her strength for she is strong in heart and body. In fact, “She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong” “She does eat the bread of idleness”.
She actively helps the needy and provides her part for her household. She is not afraid, but smiles at the time to come. “Her husband praises her, and her children call her blessed.”
She is a virtuous woman. Her character is not unattainable. Proverbs 31 never says that she is perfect. It does say though that:
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30.
Trusting or relying upon our beauty or charm often leads us to comparison and heart-break of “never being good enough”.
Proverbs 31 tells us that charm and beauty are vain, they are fleeting. But it also clearly states that fearing the Lord, (which I believe causes this woman to do the things she does) will actually bring us true acceptance and honor.