Filled Within Anticipation

24 May

“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” – Henry Ford

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your enthusiasm at the start of each day?
What daily habits do you have that inspire you?
What role does knowing your purpose and destiny play in your enthusiasm?
What roles do positive and negative friends and family members play?

Almost every morning I wake up filled with anticipation for what the day holds. While lying in bed, I often feel like a little child on Christmas morning eagerly waiting for his parents to get up so that Christmas presents may be opened.

Knowing my destiny makes a big difference and gives me a reason to get out of bed every day with passion. Who I chose as my closest friends also makes a big difference.

For the past month I’ve been saying a simple prayer each morning, “LORD, open my eyes of understanding to the good gifts You want me to receive from You today.” It’s been amazing how God has been answering that prayer – every day.

On May 10 I began a new habit of writing down one question in my journal each morning that the Holy Spirit inspires. I’ve found that God answers His own questions quickly and fruit comes rapidly as a result.

As I journal and review my journals, I see God’s signature on circumstances all around me. That causes my faith to grow. Sharing God’s stories inspires other people. I consider myself a farmer because I delight in sowing good seeds of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, encouragement, etc into the lives of people I am privileged to meet or somehow connect to.

We’ve heart it said, “Attitude is everything!” But, how do I maintain a positive attitude? By dwelling in the secret place of the Most High. How I start my morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. So typically I start my day with several hours of quiet time – singing to God, praising Him for who He is, listening or reading His Word, praying, and journaling. Good habits really are the secret of success. The secret of my future IS hidden in my daily routine. So is yours.

While many days I fail to accomplish all that I hoped, I I frequently remind myself, “Each day I consider my efforts as but one blow against the mighty oak. While today’s efforts may seem trifling, eventually that mighty oak will tumble.”

God wants us to SIMPLIFY our lives. Most things Jesus said were profoundly simple. For example, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

During an inspirational conversation today, Erick Kalenga told me he wants to get a book called “Simple Church.” He went on to say that we need to simplify things so we can do the exact thing that God wants us to do that day. I know I have lots to work on in this regard. How about you?

Prayer Power
Heavenly Father, we praise You as the God of big things and the God of details. Thank You that You often do extraordinary through ordinary things that we do well. We praise You as an on-time God, never early, never late. Help each of us to SIMPLIFY our lives so that we can do the exact things you want us to do each day. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Link of the Day
Photos of visit to Liberia Embassy on May 16, 2008

Photos of visit to Liberia Embassy on May 16, 2008

Blessings to establish daily habits that fill you with anticipation!


Joseph PeckJoseph

Joseph Peck, M.D.
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