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Good Days Begin with Prayer

Waking to the sound of the baby crying, an exhausted mom shuffles to nurse her little one. As she lies the baby back to into the crib, her toddler begins to stir and is ready to start the day. Slightly annoyed that she won’t be getting any more sleep, mama quickly makes breakfast for the waiting child. In her rush, she drops the box of cereal on the floor. Flakes scatter across the kitchen. She grimaces and sweeps up the crumbs. As she pours milk into the cereal bowl, she splatters some on the counter. Looking around for a towel she remembers that they are all in the washer. “So, I guess it’s going to be one of those days…” she mutters with a frown.

good days begin with prayer

Some days just get off to a bad start. In moments like these, it is easy to get caught up in our bad mood and forget about the one thing that could help improve our day. By the afternoon or evening we realize that we haven’t spend any time in prayer. No wonder the day has been so frustrating. Attempting to handle everything on our own only leads to a downward spiral of emotions and actions.

I have found that beginning each morning with prayer makes a huge difference in my day. I really appreciate what Psalm 5:3 says about morning prayer:

“In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice;
In the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.”

What a blessing it is to know that we can give our day to our Savior and watch Him work! I’m not saying that if you pray in the morning your day will be perfect, but it can be filled with joy and peace that comes only from committing our ways to the Lord.

Quite awhile ago, I found this prayer by George Dawson and enjoy reading it every once in awhile to help me jump start my morning prayer life again. I hope that it will encourage you as well.

morning prayer

It is my hope that beginning our days with prayer will become an essential part of our morning routine as we strive to live for the glory of God.

How do you get your day off to a good start?

 

About Jenni Mullinix

Jenni is a writer who passionately strives to encourage and equip Christian women to live for the glory of God by fulfilling their call in every season of life. She is happily married to the love of her life and delights in being a stay-at-home mama. She is fascinated with all things domestic and strives to live a life of Gospel-centered simplicity. In her free time, she enjoys deep conversations, decaf lattes and diving into a good book. Read more...

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  1. What a wonderful start to my day! I’m glad I linked over. If we start the day with God we will probably finish the day with God as well. I agree with everything you said and you said it so well. For a minute I was in the kitchen with my kids again fixing breakfast……………….
    Have a wonderful day!

    • So glad this blessed you, Vicky! I agree, starting the day off with God helps us continue to pray throughout the day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. I usually start my day with Bible study and prayer but today I did not. I just didn’t get myself out of bed this morning. Hoping to catch a few minutes soon while the little man watches Mickey Mouse. haha.
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  3. This was such a good post, Jenni. I hope you had a wonderful day. I start my day with time in God’s Word but there are days and seasons that I start off running with things not going so well. I am sure that many moms can relate to this post.

  4. Such a good post with a wonderful reminder. I have just recently started getting up early for quiet time and exercise and can see a huge difference in my days.
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  5. I always have a better day if I take some alone time in the morning before the rush. I’m more awake and ready for whatever happens! :)
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  6. Love your message! Love that verse! I am going to make it my first thing in the morning prayer!
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  7. Beverly Stewart says:

    Loved it! I want to begin my mornings with God and his word.

  8. Yes, I agree! Prayer can make a big difference on the start of a day, even a whole day. And at times, re-grouping in the middle of the day with prayer is just what I need. Thank you for that prayer! Because sometimes you just don’t know what to pray.

  9. Your beginning story is a peak into my everyday life. I have found that if I truly want to have time with the Lord I really do have to make an effort to get up before my children. Sometimes that means very early. But it does make all the difference. Of course, sometimes life just can’t be helped and despite my best efforts I don’t get those times. Thankfully there is grace for those days. I love that prayer- because there is always time for prayer!
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    • Ah yes… Some mornings, I have to drag myself out of bed, but it’s always worth it after spending some time with the Lord. Thanks for your comment, Angela!

  10. I try to get up before my children do. It really helps if I can start my day before all the hectic getting-ready-for-school starts. Lately I’ve been really tired and had to hit the ground running. It’s tougher to overcome the crankiness that being rushed induces in me. But I’ve found that simple prayers of “Help me, God!” remind me that I’m not alone.

    Thank you for linking up this week!
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    • There have definitely been some days that my morning prayer is a simple “Give me strength, Lord!” I think God finds those prayers to be just as precious as lengthy ones. He knows our hearts and give us grace in these seasons. Thank you for sharing your heart, Joy!

  11. What a beautiful prayer, Jenni. Yes, some days get started better than others :). Thanks for this reminder to make it all prayer. XOXO
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  12. Our God accepts and appreciates how uniquely we start our day with a prayer or by just a simple gratitude upon seeing the morning light. Simple,heartfelt and profound is how I start my day with Him, giving thanks to all the blessings including those in disguise that need time to know the answers and to accept.

    Have a blessed day!
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  13. You are so right! We moms tend to hit the ground running with rarely a moment to stop. We NEED to give that day to the Lord and get our mind set on that. As you said, it doesn’t mean our day will be perfect but it certainly means that our focus will be more God-centered! Thanks so much for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday.
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  14. I have to have my Chai Tea Latte! It is true, that when I pray throughout the day, I am calm, at peace. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!
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  15. I really loved the prayer by George Dawson. Your thoughts are precious….thank you!!

    Thank you for linking up over at WholeHearted Home this week. I hope to see you again next week, Lord willing.
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  16. This is so true, Jenni. I’m struggling with my morning quiet times at the moment because of chronic sinusitis but this example of how simple prayer can still make a difference to your day really helps me right now. Thanks for your clear wise words.
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