The Morning Glory
I awaken to the glory of the morn',
sunshine streaking, birds cheerfully cheeping,
another day is born.
The Morning Glory inaudibly climbs,
and shares its shy beauty, so rare.
And, we know that behind its mystery,
Our Creative God is there.
He blesses us with sunshine,
He blesses us with rain,
because it's only through the showers,
that do we not, remain the same.
So, as this new day awakens,
and I'm cradled securely in Your arms,
May Your love forever keep me safe,
and sheltered from all storms.
~ by Sandra Lewis Pringle ~
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After I had written this I was reading Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney and she writes about sleep and getting up in the morning:
Sleep is a gift from God. Scriptures says He grants sleep to those He loves (Psalms 127:2), and He makes our sleep sweet (Proverbs 3:24). Sleep is a sweet restorer of physical strength. Thus we must make sure to get enough sleep daily so that our bodies are fully replenished with the strength they need.
God has designed our bodies to require sleep . . . our temptation related to sleep is not to get too little but to get too much. Proverbs 20:13 has some direct words for those of us (me) in this category: "Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty ; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread."I do love my sleep, not that I sleep-in until midday (on weekends I am usually up by 8:30am feeling quite happy) - but I do not jump out of bed with joy during the week, rather crawl out relucantly, feeling grumpy. I don't really feel much like "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. (Psalms 5:3). It is something I really need to work on, it is going to take a lot of effort and prayer.
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The verse below is for my sons who aren't always keen about getting up in the morning - this should be above their beds!!
How long wilt thou sleep , O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep. Proverbs 6:9-10
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Good morning to all those in Australia, it is probably some other time in other parts of the world! P.S. welcome to October.