“The first hour is the rudder of the day –

The Golden Hour”

Henry Ward Beecher

How do you spend your first hour? I must admit my first port of call lately has been the computer – check my emails, check all is well with the world. This isn’t particularly a good habit. If the first hour is the rudder – then I should be into the Word.

Why do I check my emails first?

  • It’s addictive
  • It feeds my sense of belonging
  • There is a lack of discipline

Sitting in God’s Presence first:

Opening the Word and sitting in God’s presence, communing with Him is more than a trick to having a good day. It is about

  • Acknowledging that He is in control of my day
  • Acknowledging that He is upmost in my mind
  • Acknowledging that I need Him

So back to tweaking bad habits and establishing good ones! I’ve been here before – it is amazing how subtle changes happen in our life – good and bad ones. I was having my Bible time and suddenly I wasn’t. I was making it a priority and suddenly it wasn’t. But it takes a while for the realisation to sink through and for me to have an honest assessment of what is really going on. Then it is up to having the self control (rejecting my own desires and doing what is right) to make change happen. Of course I can’t do that on my own – so I need the help; the prompting, the guiding, the convicting and enabling of the Holy Spirit.

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