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“Good Mornin! Good Mornin!” oh please.


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I am not a morning person. Never have been. Don’t want to be. Joyce Meyer says we need to be. She isn’t a morning person either she says, but is working  on it. Earlier she gave some good ways to start the day. Sometimes I wish she was wrong.

She speaks of how Dave, her husband wakes up. “Good morning! It’s a great day!” Sounds like my husband. I’d like to slap them both upside the head.

Getting up has always been difficult for me but I never let it get in the way of my responsibilities. Most of it is my attitude of “oh great, another day.”  I really want to change that.

Joyce Meyer said to go into the bathroom when you first get up, stretch and look into the mirror at that person you don’t know and say,

“Something good is going to happen to me today” or “This is the day the Lord has made and I will be glad in it.” yea, right after about 3 cups of java.

She says to even smile while we do this? oh, give me a break lady! My smile machine is wired to show up around 10 A.M. Even then it is an effort to hit the “on” button.

Then she continued this drill of “Miss Morning Sunshine” by speaking God‘s happy words like “a cheerful look brings joy to the heart!”  She must not know what I look like without my makeup or my hair combed.

Her idea of being bright and cheery by 8AM is going to be a real test for me. Maybe I could act like I didn’t see that particular program of hers. That way I can continue to get up grumpy and not feel guilty about it.

So what did God just show me? Proverbs 24:33-34 which says,

“A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man. “

In other words,  get up. Get moving and do it with a smile. Oh, Please God don’t make me do this!

Most of my life I have gotten up before God. Between work and school it was at least 6 A.M. Now that I work at home I want to be lazy in the morning! I deserve that don’t I? As far as I am concerned speaking before 8 A.M. should be outlawed.

Now Mrs. Meyer didn’t say we have to do this. Of course she adds that she wants to get ahead of the devil before he does; I guess that means he gets up earlier than the rest of us? So now I am going to have to do this because I don’t want him around at all.  She called him “grumpy” all day long.

Her point in this lesson of ruining my life is that God has given us the authority to kick the devil out early in our day so we don’t wake up like him. I don’t even want to think about what he must look like first thing in the morning.

She did say this is a work in progress for her but she has found it makes a major difference in the rest of her day. She must not suffer from allergies and have to take Benadryl. You know the antihistamine that makes you feel like you have a hangover the next day?


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Ok, now I have to explain one of the few hangovers in my life. I do not drink now. In college, my roommate and I were invited to a very formal, posh wedding. They served the best dry Champagne; only I didn’t think that the next two days after drinking 8 glasses of it.

Anyway, getting up with Benadryl or Lodrane or Zrtec in my system is hard enough. Initiating a “happy” conversation with the Creator of the Universe is another.

Maybe what Joyce Meyer is telling us is that by using the “Sword of the Spirit” as soon as our feet hit the ground, our day will be better. Showing the enemy the door before we get there will kick him out-of-the-way for us to reach our goals completely without his annoying aggravations and unsightly interruptions.

Or maybe standing in front of the mirror first thing in the morning is enough to scare him off!  l0l!

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12 thoughts on ““Good Mornin! Good Mornin!” oh please.

  1. It is reversed in my household. I am the morning person and my husband is not. But in saying that, I loose some of my morning person-ness if I stay up too late or if the day holds things that I don’t look forward to. Last week was one of those weeks. I will have to try this exercise when it isn’t coming naturally to me. Though my husband would argue that it makes me more “human” to be less than thrilled in the morning. Thanks for the reminder that even then, we should try to have a “happy” conversation with our Creator because He made the day and great things will happen… whether or not I agree at 6am.

    • Thanks! I did stand in front of the mirror this morning right after getting up, repeated some verses and told the devil to leave! Happy conversation may start a little later with the Creator though!

  2. Okay, so this is one of my favorite posts you’ve ever written! I so get where you’re coming from!

    I will think of you when my alarm goes off tomorrow morning. 🙂

  3. Hi Naphtali, I laugh when I remember the Jane Jetston and the mask she wore to cover her morning face, curlers cold cream etc, perhaps we need to buy one of them or have a face lift like many Celebrities do who have a permanent fixed smiles. I do think it’s wonderful to express happiness if we feel it but not just to put it on making out we are Happy Clappy, being real is what it is all about and resolving what is causing us to be upset instead of ignoring it.

    Jesus was known as a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, He also cried, He was real and we are to be too not wear a mask. We too can have tears in our eyes and deep inner Joy like Paul and Silas in prison where I’m sure the food was not Ala -Cart and they were in pain from the whip lashes but their hearts soared. We also can see this as we read the letters of Paul in the Scriptures, he expressed all emotions as Jesus did, it is not a weakness or sin to express hurt, tears are a gift from God like Laughter is and both help us heal and when we hold on to the promises of the Lord regardless of our circumstances we will soar .

    Christian Love Anne.

  4. we are on the same page, lol! blessings!

  5. Go ahead and forgo the mirror and have a cup of java with God! Great piece! 🙂
    God Bless You!

  6. By nature, I’m an early morning person. Maybe it has to do with being born on a farm with two parents who believed everyone ought to get out of bed at 6 AM and do their chores before breakfast.

    Now do I believe everyone has to be an early morning riser like me to please God or fight the devil? No, not really. This would be one of those times I disagree with Joyce.

  7. I too am not a morning person, but I find that if I invite the Spirit’s presence to my day He gives me a different kind of energy. Of course, I also have coffee and a multi-vitamin 😉


    • Thanks Christopher for stopping by. I just checked your blog out; very good! Sounds like you are busy like the rest of us.

      Since I wrote that post the last 2 mornings I have spoken words of faith while staring at myself in the mirror before a cup of coffee. Maybe I should try it after a cup of coffee! I am so thankful God takes us the way we are!

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