Ending Your Day Right

I have this book by Joyce Meyer that I picked up at a Yard Sale called, Starting Your Day Right: Devotions for Each Morning of the Year. It’s a quick daily devotional on beginning your day with God and focusing your heart towards Him and His ways. I usually read it every morning and enjoy the encouragement… there is great truth each day. What I learned yesterday, though, is that even when I may begin my day “right” a lot of things can go wrong. We were on a time crunch to all get moving yesterday morning for our field trip to the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire and… whew!!! Just trying to get out the door was a huge struggle! Evelyn couldn’t find any shoes she wanted to wear (even though she has enough hand me downs to last her for years!) and Elliot was having a meltdown because he wanted to wear short overalls. I was already stressed as I was the one who helped organize this field trip for our Homeschool group that we are a part of. I had to meet all the other families at a specific time and collect money, give name tags/tickets to all of them. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty tense at this point.

So, with a morning that started out right, it soon took a turn and I, sadly, have difficulty controlling my frustration in moments as this, began to boil. I then proceeded to yell and say please move along as we HAVE to go, NOW! I am obviously being very transparent about myself and appreciate your understanding as I share from my heart. I despise this part of me that loses control too easily when things aren’t going the way I think they should or I’ve planned. This is a battle I’ve been fighting for years… and yesterday I felt God remind me that He can make me new at any moment… I shed tears on our way to the Faire and did my best to release my anger to God in our van with the family all witnessing my sobs.
From that point on, the day was not perfect (what day is, other than all the days in God’s Kingdom?), and there were definitely some more intense moments throughout the afternoon.

Once we were back home for the night, I saw the daily devotional book. I sort of laughed to myself as I read the title, Starting Your Day Right. Then God whispered, “You can end your day right.” I thanked Him for His knowing and understanding of my day. I didn’t jump up and do something super-holy or anything… I simply went to my two youngest children (the older child and my husband were camping) and asked them to snuggle and come read together in bed. I also asked them to forgive me for my anger and the yelling I had expressed that day. It was a day ended well.

I am sharing all of this to say that I believe there is great importance to beginning our day “right” or with God as our focus. There are many scriptures that encourage starting our day with the Lord. Here are just a few…

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. -Psalm 5:3

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. – Psalm 59:16

But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you. – Psalm 88:13

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. -Psalm 90:14

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. – Psalm 143:8

I also now am realizing that there is great importance to ending our day “right” with our focus and priority on the Lord. So, I decided to look up what I could find for “ending our day right” in God’s Word. Here’s what I’ve found so far…

Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. -Psalm 55:17

Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. -Ecclesiastes 11:6

Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple. -Luke 21:37-38

I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. -Psalm 16:7

By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life. -Psalm 42:8

On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. -Psalm 63:6

The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. -Psalm 74:16

…to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night… – Psalm 92:2

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry… -Ephesians 4:26

Wow… the Lord truly calls us to focus on Him morning and night… throughout our days to place Him first in all things. Even when we become distracted and our day is out of focus, we always have an opportunity to come back to what should be our priority. God is faithful! His love endures through all of our mistakes and crummy days! As we face the last day of the first month of 2009, I hope you are encouraged to both begin and end your day with the Lord as you continue on your journey!

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2 Responses to Ending Your Day Right

  • Jeanne says:

    I LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing and for being transparent. I slept the day away today…missing my opportunity with God…and now after reading your testimony God was gently asking me to end my day right! Thanks Sis!

  • Dad says:

    Sweetie:
    Oh, our tempers are alike and we don’t understand when others don’t do what they are supposed to do. Then we look in the mirror and remember that we are like them.

    I praise God that you are aware and awash in God’s word.

    I love you!

    DAD