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Day 1 - Wake Up Before the Sun: Embracing the Morning's First Light

Good morning, and welcome to "As a Man Thinketh", the devotional that's here to guide you through not just the motions, but the emotions and devotions of life. As we embark on this journey together, we're greeted with a challenge that may seem daunting at first: wake up before the sun. But what does this really mean? 😴🌅

The Significance of the Early Morning

If we take a moment to leaf through the pages of history and scripture, we find a consistent theme; one that highlights the importance of the early morning hours. Jesus, a figure who has inspired billions, found solace in the serenity of dawn, often retreating to pray and meditate. This act alone speaks volumes about the power held in the quiet moments before daybreak. 🌄🙏

But why, you might ask, is waking up before the sun so important? There's a certain magic in the stillness of the morning, a time when the rest of the world is yet to stir, and the clamor of daily life has not yet begun. It's in these precious moments that we can truly connect with ourselves and set the tone for the day ahead.

Discovering Clarity in the Quiet

For those who have delved into the depths of James Allen's classic, "As a Man Thinketh", you may have already begun to grasp the profound impact our thoughts have on our reality. If you haven't, I can't recommend it enough. As you journey through my devotional on the YouVersion app, let's reflect on a pivotal verse that encapsulates the essence of our challenge:

"Cause me to hear your loving-kindness in the morning; for in you do I trust. Cause me to know the way in which I should walk; for I lift up my soul to you." - Psalms 143:8 📖

Whether you're a leader in business, a pillar in your family, or simply navigating the waters of life, there's an undeniable longing within each of us to uncover the path that's laid out before us. What better time to seek this guidance than at the break of day, when the world is at its most receptive and our minds are uncluttered by the day's demands?

Embracing the Challenge with Open Arms

I understand the hesitation, the temptation to hit snooze, and the comfort of warm blankets. But I want to challenge you, as I challenge myself, to rise with the morning stars and listen for the whispers of wisdom that only the dawn can impart. It's about more than just dragging yourself out of bed; it's about awakening to the possibilities that each new day holds. 🌟🛌

Let's be honest, it's tough. The bed is cozy, the world outside is dark and quiet, and every ounce of your being may resist the change. But imagine the satisfaction of greeting the sun as it climbs over the horizon, of having that precious time to meditate, to plan, and to embrace the loving-kindness that the Psalmist speaks of. ☀️🧘

As we move forward with this challenge, think of it not as a sacrifice, but as an investment—an investment in your spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being. And remember, it's not about perfection; it's about progress. Some days you may rise before the sun with ease, other days it may be a struggle. But each day is a fresh opportunity to strive for alignment with the divine plan for your life.

And so, I leave you with this encouragement: wake up, find out what God has for you first thing before you do anything else. Your soul, your purpose, and your day deserve that first moment of undivided attention. May you find peace in the predawn silence, strength in the solitude, and joy in the journey.

God bless and let's make the most of these early hours together. Share your experiences, thoughts, and revelations in the comments below. Let's encourage and support one another as we take on this challenge and witness the transformative power of waking up before the sun. 🙌🌞

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Scott Atse
Scott Atse

Please I have a question.

I do sleep late in the night. How can I meet up with this early waking up challenge or what time will you recommend that I wake up?

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