From Psalm 90:
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!
From Ephesians 6:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood . . . 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
It has to start in the morning. I was also struck this week again by the words of John 15 and the importance of abiding in Him, verses that also fit in nicely with these. Finding His strength isn’t something we stumble into by a stroke of luck. His words and wisdom don’t meet us in a time of need despite years of ignoring Him the rest of the time.
Each morning, finding that time, making that time to dig in, to suit up, to pump up, to fuel up, to prepare.
When we seek, He satisfies.
My day needs to consistently start in His Word. Reading, meditating, making it my own armor. I might think the biggest battle I face will be schedule management or finances or relationships or housekeeping or child-rearing. But, the biggest battle is the one I don’t see and the one that needs the most preparation. I need the full armor outfit — the breastplate, the shoes, the helmet, the sword, the shield, the belt, all of it. I can’t enter my day with a part of me unprotected.
In the morning I like to mentally put on each of these pieces through prayer. Thanking God for each one and recognizing its place in protecting my faith and life. As I establish my day in Him, so He establishes the work of my hands.
Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness to walk through the day and satisfying me with your love and protection! ~Amen