In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
I don’t know about you, but I’m not much of a morning person. In fact, I can be downright grumpy. But a number of years ago God showed me the verse above and others like it. “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning, I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Was God really calling me to get out of bed a few min- utes earlier to talk to Him? I confessed to Him that I wasn’t sure I could do it and I needed His gentle, loving help.
The most amazing thing happened the very next morning. My alarm went off to get me up to do my devotions and I really, really wanted to go back to sleep. But suddenly I heard a tapping at my back door. Who could be at my back door so early? I thought. I dragged myself out of bed, only to find no one there. I crawled back into my warm, comfy bed, only to have that tapping rudely call me to check the back door again. I got there, and no one was there. I went back into my room and waited, thinking someone must be playing a trick on me.
Soon, the tapping started again. I got down on all fours and sneaked out under my dining-room table. I was staring at my glass door, when I saw the most amazing thing. A tiny bird was sitting on my deck tapping on the glass. Ha! What a funny way for God to awaken me, I thought. How tender! How loving! How hilarious! That little bird came back every morning for the next three days, luring me out of bed. (One morning I even had my children Robby and Lexi sneak out with me to see him so people would actually believe me!) I believe that was God’s big answer to me—He really does want my attention first thing in the morning. I confess it has been hard for me, but since that little bird visited my deck I’ve been giving my best effort to hear God’s voice in the morning !
Copy Psalm 5:3 into your journal and write a prayer to God asking Him to help you to talk to Him “in the morning.”
Dannah Gresh is an author, a speaker, and the creator of the True Girl live events. She has sold over 1.5 million books, including Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl, A Girl’s Guide to Understanding Best Friends and Mean Girls, 8 Great Dates for Moms and Daughters, the bestselling And the Bride Wore White, and Lies Girls Believe. She and her husband live in Pennsylvania on a hobby farm. www.dannahgresh.com.
Her new book, 8 Great Dates for Moms and Daughters, includes fun mother-daughter get-togethers, perfect one-on-one or for a small group of moms and their energetic 8-12-year-old daughters. Each date focuses on one topic surrounding beauty and modesty and is full of fun while at the same time imparting a life and faith-enhancing message.