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Let's Make this Day Great!

Mindset is just about everything. So what is your mind set on?

When awakening, if we think about it, we have a choice about our thoughts. As a small child, (okay maybe as a fully grown woman too), I remember waking up and thinking 'what do I have to be excited about today?' Once I hit on what it was, I was ready to set about the business of the day. hmmm.

And now, what do I think about? I think about my thoughts and my attitude at the start of the day. So morning after morning, before my mind can run away with what is wrong, I choose to think what the psalmist did,

This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!1

And then I grab my hot cup of Italian Roast and my Bible

and start my day with Jesus.

Because I have recently been asked how and what I pray, it is something like the following... oh, and I write my prayers daily as I have a squirrel problem.

Here you go, Hailey. You could pray like this:

Dear loving Heavenly Father,

Hear my prayer for I will be ‘less than’ today if I do not connect with you. You are my strength…my rock, my fortress, and my savior ~ my protection.You are God, my only safe haven.3

Search me, O God and know my heart…point out anything in me that offends you,4

        [be still a moment… is there anything you should say ‘sorry’ for?]

I know that the psalmist said you will not hear my prayer if I have sin in my heart,5 so forgive me, Lord, and create a clean heart in me, O God.6

Fill me afresh with your Holy Spirit.7

Lord, I ask you for your wisdom; help me to see things as you do.  Would you bless my life as well, and let me be a blessing to someone else today? Rather than worrying about disturbing trends and occurrences, remind me to hit my knees and pray--and by all means, to guard what I watch and listen to!

I pray for those who are far from you, who do not even know they are lost without you.  O God, draw them to yourself, I pray.  Put someone in their path today to speak of you please.  [say their names]

I pray O God for those who need your healing touch today. [names] You are a miracle-working God who commands us to pray continually because you are listening, you never forget our prayers and you love us.  You never grow weary of hearing from us and you do not fall asleep on us either.8

God, I lift up those who need your protection [names]

        I lift up those who need your strength and peace [names]

        I lift up those who are grieving and lonely [names]

        I lift up those who are caught in addiction…set them free! [names]

I pray protection for our military men and women--[names]

I pray for all of those poor people in Israel, Gaza . . . Ukraine ... O God, help.

And for our country, I pray - O God, draw people back to you!  Forgive us for how we have turned our backs on you and your ways. Draw our president and vice president and other elected officials to yourself, soften and change their hearts, Lord God, to see things as you do. 

Lord, I commit myself to you.  I want to honor you God, with my thoughts and words and deeds.  “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”9 Help me be a little more like Jesus today than I was yesterday.

And now Lord, I just gotta look around and say thank you.  Lord, I thank you for my eyesight, my hearing and my mind.  Lord, I thank you for Heaven, freedom, the Word of God, ______, ______,_______....   Remind me all day long to thank you for the good things I see and people I encounter--cause me to be a grateful person, dear Lord.  Remind me to give thanks in all circumstances because I know this is your will for me.10

Okay, well I guess that is all for now, God. Thank you for hearing my prayer--and thanks that I can pray all of these things in the power that is in the name of Jesus, Amen! Talk to you later, Lord, I am sure of it.

"Talking to Jesus"...listen:

Talking to Jesus draws us closer to him and makes us better people too,


1 - Psalm 118.24

2 - Psalm 18.1-2

3 - Psalm 43.2a 

4 - Psalm 139.23-24 

5 - Psalm 66.18

6 - Psalm 51.10a

7 - Ephesians 5.18

8 - Psalm 121.4

9 - Psalm 19.14

10 - 1 Thessalonians 5.18

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