Spend­ing time with God is the key to our strength and suc­cess in all ar­eas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your sched­ule, but al­ways work your sched­ule around Him. — Joyce Meyer (b. 1943)

Activated - - NEWS - Mare­sha Voorn is a home­school ed­u­ca­tor and works part-time in mind/body/spirit heal­ing. By Mare­sha Voorn

I find that the days I start with God are the best. He’s like a good cup of cof­fee: I breathe deeply of its aroma, sa­vor its taste, en­joy its warmth on a cold morn­ing, and let its good­ness stir me into ac­tion for the day. It makes get­ting up in the morn­ing some­thing to look for­ward to, and I carry the happy mem­ory of it through­out the day.

When I start the day off with God, I have the as­sur­ance that He is with me, He’s on my side, and He hears my prayers and will an­swer them. It’s a won­der­ful re­as­sur­ance to have. Just like I love to hear my hus­band say: “Call me if some­thing comes up or you need any­thing. I look for­ward to see­ing you this evening. I love you.” When God prom­ises to spend the day with me and be there to help me in what­ever comes up, I know that’s what He’ll do. He’s a true gen­tle­man, and He can­not break His Word. He says: “I love those who love me, and those who seek me dili­gently will find me,” and “My Pres­ence will go with

1 you, and I will give you rest.”

2 When I seek Him first thing in the morn­ing, His pres­ence tends to linger through­out the day, bring­ing with it an aware­ness of His near­ness and abil­ity to lead and guide my thoughts and ac­tions to be as pro­duc­tive as they can be. The con­nec­tion has been made, and af­ter that, it’s eas­ier to re­tain the thought of Him through­out the day.

The still­ness of the morn­ing, be­fore all the busy­ness of the day floods into our mind, is a per­fect time to hear God whis­per into the ears of our soul. He loves to hear from us through our prayers, but He also loves to com­mu­ni­cate back. He can give us wisdom, in­spi­ra­tion, and ideas, as well as peace. Whether we need some prac­ti­cal guid­ance, spir­i­tual in­sight, or just peace of mind to get us through the day, it’s worth tak­ing the time to seek, hear, and know Him.

1. Proverbs 8:17 2. Ex­o­dus 33:14

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