Tip #14 Pray for Perspective

Boredom. Laziness. Exhaustion. Sickness. Sinful desires. Distraction. Forgetfulness. Children. Responsibilities.

There are so many factors that affect bedtime and wake time.

It takes continual sacrifice, focus, initiative, and flexibility to create a successful early-morning routine, and it is super-easy to get discouraged when we don’t have what it takes.

We must keep our “eyes on the prize” if we are to make becoming an early-riser a lifetime habit. And, we are wholly dependent on God’s abundant grace to keep us going.

So, we must pray—beg for His presence in our moments—that we might make the hard choices, by His empowering Spirit.

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Lara wrote these beautiful words which embody a great perspective behind our early morning efforts, and she’s graciously allowed me to share them with you today.

It’s Yours. Not mine.

I wake into Your day. Not mine.
You made it and hold it.
Love it. Control it.
Working it all towards a further unfolding
of His plan.
I’m so small in the grand scheme –
me stepping around folded clothes
and creaky stairs,
not wanting to wake little ones holding their teddy bears.
While You sit enthroned in glorious splendor.
I’m so small yet so loved.
So small yet pursued from above,
by my Maker.
Pursued. And purchased.
At a high price that I wouldn’t live
under the advice of a world that’s
confused and fearful,
desperate and tearful,
weak and scornful.
But purchased with crimson that little me
would have redemption.
Set free to be a giver of love,
a pourer of grace,
a receiver of mercy,
a stander in faith.
So I sit in my morning chair.
Breathing a few moments of quiet air.
Drinking Your living water that my soul
would joyfully bear today.
It’s Yours.
Not mine.

Perspective—our point of view—alongside our view toward the end goal is incredibly important. Especially when the road becomes bumpy. It is all-too-easy to give up if we don’t continually remind ourselves what this life is truly all about.

Glorifying God and enjoying His presence in our every moment.

But we will stumble, and we will forget, and we will get sick, and we will be lazy, and we will need Jesus. So when we do, let us run to our God who loves, comforts, strengthens, and empowers.

What helps you keep perspective amidst the difficulties of rising early? What role have you seen prayer play your efforts toward the end-goal?

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  • Elizabeth Bagnol says:

    When I think about the pure joy of craving to be with my Savior and linger in His loving presence in the morning, it shifts my perspective to knowing that He is always waiting there for me, no matter how long it takes to get my morning habit shifted into gear. Like my children, it took a few steps for one to walk, and the other, I just lost count, but either way I was always there excited to catch them. I imagine the Lord is just so excited to catch us with open arms by shear fact we are taking steps. This gives me perspective when life happens, sickness, kids up in the middle of the night, irresponsibly staying up too late, whatever, He is there eternally loving us through our imperfection to our perfection in Christ.

  • betsy says:

    Wow… what a GREAT read!! My kids are my wake up call.
    Inspirational word around my house is a HUGE role in my prayer life. I have bought from, Blessings Unlimetid, which like I said is soooo inporant to me to have aroung the house, and is helping me to have a new, positive outlook on like<3

  • ddindenver says:

    Pray for me, ladies, that I might get a “perspective.” Any perspective would do! I have no perspective at the moment. Can’t get off the “half measures” (“which avail us nothing”, AA Big Book) couch. I feel paralyzed in time, unable to move forward or backward. I pray and my words are like soundless gongs, signifying nothing. Poor in spirit doesn’t even come close. I do so appreciate your stories of courage and sacrifice.

    • Amanda Cross says:

      I don’t have any words that will change this for you overnight, but asking the Lord to wrap you in His loving arms. Here are a few scriptures that were in one of my readings for today.

      For this is what the high and lofty One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.’ — Isaiah 57:15

      This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. — Isaiah 66:2

      Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay. — Psalm 40:17

      The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people. — Psalm 69:33
      He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. — Psalm 72:13

    • Kelly says:

      ddindenver, praying for you sweet friend. Be assured God hears your prayers.

    • ddindenver–sounds like a time in the desert. We all have spent time there–even Jesus. I don’t know if it helps you but I try to hold fast to the promise that God makes a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Praying for you, my sister, and trusting that the Holy Spirit comforter will bring comfort to you and your heart and mind will be guarded in Jesus Christ our Lord. (Isaiah 43:18-21 and Philippians 4:6-7)

    • ddindenver, I’ll be praying that God makes His presence very real for you. Keep meeting with Him, even on the days when you aren’t feeling it, because He is there. He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deut. 31:6)

  • Paula says:

    Thanks for sharing this! It is a great encouragement. I was reminded this week that Jesus made a huge sacrifice for me. The least I can do is make a little sacrifice of getting up each morning. It honestly is hard to get up but I benefit so much from it. God is too good to us!

    • Katie Orr says:

      The benefit is SO WORTH the sacrifice, isn’t it? Now, if future-Katie will remember this on the mornings like today where I turned my alarm off and rolled over…

  • Julia says:

    Beautiful. Calm. Assurance.

  • Those questions are great challenges for me now. I am asking God to give me a new perspective of Him every morning, of why I am doing this challenge and of His big dream in my life.

    Prayer is important.

  • Judy says:

    Wow…This post is so powerful and really spoke to me this morning.

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