It’s funny–I used to hate Mondays just like Garfield the cat. He was my favorite cartoon to read back in high school and college. And it truly seemed like something bad happened or for some reason I felt awful every Monday. Now I realize why my Mondays were always terrible: it is because I said, “I hate Mondays” and believed in my heart that they were bad.
“…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Mathew 12:34
Last week at Life group (Bible study) we were asked to list some ways to enter into God’s presence on a Monday morning! So the group split into 3 smaller groups for 10 minutes and this is what the group as a whole came up with. (If you like Monday’s like I do now, think of it as how to include and spend time with God on a daily basis.)
- Plan a time and place the night before to quiet yourself and be with God.
- When you wake up in the morning before you get out of bed say “Good morning God, Good morning Jesus, Good morning Holy Spirit.”
- Read a passage from a devotional book.
- Turn on worship music.
- One person said that they sit in their favorite chair and put a sleeping mask on their eyes so they can quiet themselves, focus on Jesus and not get distracted.
- Sing praise and worship to God.
- Ask questions of God in your reading time and then listen; it is often the first thing you ‘hear’ after you ask. You could ask questions like “God where were you in the in the story of Daniel and the lions den?” Other questions might be “What is your love like?” or “What do you want me to do today?”
- Think about how you can reveal God’s presence by thanking Him for every good thing that happens, asking for His help, using scripture throughout the day…
- Find a quiet place to focus on Jesus.
- Thank Jesus throughout your day.
- Listen to a Godly Podcast
- Plead the blood of Jesus over your life, mind and body…
- Dance to the Lord.
- Speak peace over your day.
- Praying in the spirit.
- Tell your mind to be still and say:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)(KJV)
These are just a few ways to help to bring yourself into the presence of God on a Monday morning (or any morning). I am sure there are more. If you have any please make some suggestions. It would be nice to hear what works for you.