Changing Things Up



This morning started out amazing.

First, I slept. Yay! Then I woke up feeling exceptionally happy for no apparent reason.

With my next heartbeat I felt extraordinary gratitude. Rather than bolting out of the bed to check the wood stove, I pulled the goose down comforter over my shoulders. Annnd that familiar pain shot through my arms.

I didn’t care. I snuggled in and had a long talk with God.

I started by thanking Him, beginning with the obvious blessings in my life: good health, comfortable bed, a warm home, firewood, a variety of food…

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving; go into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name.” *

Soon I asked for specific blessings for my family, friends and essentially everyone I know. Before long I was back to telling God how great I think He is, how good it is to know Him.

I gotta tell all y’alls, this scenario is rare. I typically begin my days with prayer and thanksgiving for my life – from my desk or armchair with a Bible, a freshly brewed latte or mug of tea, a good fire crackling in the stove…

Me lingering in bed rarely happens. During this exceptionally harsh winter my morning dialogues have started with “Thank You, Jesus. Now, please help me,” just to get out of bed – and then I hit the floor running. Today without thinking or planning I changed things up a little.


What’s more, I think I’m better for… Wow. Sunshine!

And good just keeps on coming.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38 (NLT)

*Psalm 100:4  (NLT)



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8 responses to “Changing Things Up

  1. I’ve spent my life in a love / hate relationship with sleep (commonly known as insomnia). In my many decades of reading advice on how to sleep better, I recently ran across someone suggesting enjoying your time lying in bed when you first wake up (rather than throwing off the covers and jumping out of bed). So I’ve been practicing this lately and sleeping better because of it. Now I read this and think I need to add a step to that. Thanks for the insight.

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    • ‘Good to hear from you, Mary. I’ve read experts recommening both the bolt and thevmore leisurely approach. Every body is different and unique, so we must seek what works best for ourselves and be adaptable. ❤


  2. What a thought! Waking to just praise God can have amazing results! I must remember to do this every day.

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  3. That sounds refreshing. A little change is good.


  4. Sunshine warms the soul.

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  5. Günaydın &

    Good morning &

    Guten Morgen &

    Bonjour &

    Buongiorno &

    ¡buenos días



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