One of my favorite verses in the Bible is, “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,” Deuteronomy 10:12 NIV
This verse continually challenges me in my daily walk. I fear the Lord but yet I don’t always honor and exalt Him. Obedience, love and serving Him I do but it doesn’t always happen.
Instead of becoming frustrated with myself and my shortcomings I go to God in prayer. I stay connected to Him because He is the only one that can change me. Step by step. So for me…
I want to be Christ-like. I know that I can’t be completely sinless so I will strive to sin less.
My night routine is pretty simple. After exercise (only 3x per week…I know I know), I head to the shower and start listening to worship music. Worship allows me to declutter my mind and focus on Christ. I seek the Holy Spirit to fill me so that I worship in Spirit and in truth.
After my shower I finish worship, and then start listening to several bible chapters using the YouVersion Bible Reading Plan as I start my self-care. There are a lot of options for you on there so I recommend that you try it – it is a free app. I then start journaling my prayer to my future husband. I love these moments just praying over him and guessing what he may be going through so that I can pray for him.
After that, I read the Bible chapter according to the plan I set out for my What’s App Bible Study Group and share as God leads me with that group. Depending on the night and how exhausted I am, I may also journal to my future hubby. Vying for my attention before I hit the bed is my adorable Shorkie who needs some mama rubs as we prepare for bed.
The routine continues
In bed I will say a short prayer. After prayer I then use my Fitbit app to play a 2-minute stress-reliever audio. What I love about this specific audio is that it reminds me release my jaw, drop my shoulders, relax my forehead, etc. Truly, I didn’t realize I was still going to bed so wound up until I tried that. It helps me wind down. At this time I will then say my Godly Night Affirmation Meditation in my mind. If I am not knocked out within the 2 minutes, I then start playing on my Balance Meditation app, the sounds of the Ocean.
You all know I am an island girl. There is nothing like the sound of the waves crashing into the shore. Can I tell you… I am getting sleepy right about now :).
Recently, I was asked if I had a godly morning affirmation meditation. At the time I didn’t but the more I reflected on it, the more I gravitated to the idea. After all, every morning between my prayer and me cheering myself on before I went off to work, I realized that I did have somewhat of an affirmation. Just not formal.
For me, my morning ritual has to start with prayer. Then worship and just me talking to God. As soon as I step in the shower I then start listening to Godly podcasts. During my self-care and getting ready for work, I marvel at God’s beautiful creation when I look in the mirror. I then start giving HIM thanks.
My life was not like this before. In school, I was called the ugly duckling. But I was ok with that because it allowed me to focus on what was important, my grades. Now over 40, those words would still resonate in my head, but adopting positive affirmation meditations, praying to God, and ensuring that I captured every thought and answered it with truth from the Bible.
So, for those of you that may just need something positive to start your day after your morning prayer and while you are getting ready and looking in the mirror, here is an affirmation that I would love to share with you:
Godly Morning Affirmation Meditation
Here is your Godly Morning Affirmation Meditation
I am Called. I am loved. I am Kept
I am the daughter of the Most High God, created in HIS image
I was created to praise, worship, adore, and revere HIM
The LORD will fulfill HIS purpose for me
HIS good and perfect will that was prepared in advance for me to do
God’s strength runs through my veins
HE provides and protects me
Nothing/ no one can snatch me from HIS hands
I take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ
I am beautiful. I am Youthful. I am timeless at every age
I bring enormous value
I am a lighthouse shining brightly that will attract the right ship to anchor