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But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. (Psalm 59:16)

I happen to be a morning person. I love to be up while the house is dark and quiet, watching the sun turn the sky from gray to purple to pink to blue and seeing the stars slowly blink out of sight. Of course, I know that not everyone is as happy to be up before the sunrise as I am and there is certainly no judgment if you aren't, but for me mornings are a holy time, full of potential and promise.

This is the time of the day when I haven't said or thought something that I want to take back and I haven't done anything (yet) that would warrant my regret. I have a blank slate of 24 hours on which to spend my day. And who among us doesn't want to spend them wisely?

These moments often cause me to pause for a moment and say, "Thank you, God, for this new opportunity to praise you," and then ask the all-important question: "What do you want me to do for you today, Jesus?"

Would my life look different if I seriously asked this question and waited for the answer each and every morning? Wouldn't the world--or at least my little corner of it--look different? Are you up for the challenge? I am!

Thank You, Jesus, for the blessing of a brand-new start each day. Mercifully, You will allow me to be free of the baggage of yesterday when I come to You for forgiveness. Thank You for Your grace, and love. Amen.


GLYNIS BECKER

Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.