This week we have a guest post by Chris Erdman. Chris is a writer and pastor of University Presbyterian Church in Fresno, California. He’s married to Patty. Together they have five adult kids with partners and growing families who make them feel wildly fortunate to be alive. He blogs at


The way you greet the day matters. Your first lucid moments set the course for what follows. Set that course with intention, through a simple prayer, and you’ll be okay. The prayer needn’t be long, but it ought to be clear. In fact, the simpler, briefer, and more focused it is, the better.
For the better part of your life, you’ve let the day start you. Your alarm awakens you, and you stumble out of bed. You turn on the coffee or the shower. A steady stream of thoughts flow through your head. You get the newspaper, put on music or the TV. Maybe you check your email or head off to the gym. The mental stream swells, and as it does, your body and spirit are pulled along with it. Even first thing in the morning, tension and stress tug at your neck and shoulders. The thought-stream nags at you from the start, demanding more from your body than your body’s ready to give. So you pump a little more caffeine into your veins and jot another note on your to-do list. These thoughts—largely unexamined—have yanked you into a river whose direction you control far less than you realize.
Isaiah says, “Morning by morning GOD wakens–wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught” (50.4b).
What might it mean for you to arouse your spirit first thing–to embrace the day and join up with God?
Intention: Tomorrow, I’ll embrace the moment of my rising and waken my ear to GOD. Doing so has the power to change everything.
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