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Day 36 – Issue 20

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Be Still Know

Psalm 119:105 NLT

‘Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.’

My preference is to start the day early. The alarm breaks into my sleep and I quietly slide from the bed in an attempt to leave Jayne sleeping. I emerge downstairs to set everything in motion for the day, from checking heating, tidying away from the night before, creating Jayne’s packed lunch and setting the table for breakfast. However, before all of that I choose to take a moment with God.

Each one of us is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14, NKJV) by God and so we are each wired to encounter him in distinct ways. No two marriages are the same. I discovered that the way Katey and I established and built our marriage was irrelevant when I married Jayne. It was back to the drawing board. General principles there may be, but the specific practice is unique. So it is with God. My friendship, while sharing a common framework of understanding with yours, is a unique journey of discovery which I choose to explore, or sadly sometimes refuse or ignore.

As for me I want to take control of my first thought and start the day in expressing gratitude to God, no matter the circumstances or my own feelings. So my little routine is to light a candle which stands on a small altar I have established within my kitchen/diner. Important for me, for I cook and organise home life from that kitchen, so I want God closest to me in that space. As I take a moment and stand before that candle, I cross myself in recognition that I am placing myself deliberately under the authority of the risen Christ. I then light the candle and pray. It’s a fresh, spontaneous prayer each day, fresh as each new breakfast, inviting God to lead and nourish me into this new day. It’s always built around the theme of light; God the light within, God the light who leads me through the day, God’s light that I want to make visible to those around me as a light that drives away the darkness of fear and hopelessness.

QUESTION: In what ways do you greet God at the start of each day?

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, at the start of each new day, I welcome you to lead me and guide me.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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