daily devotional

Would you define the way you wake up as glorious? What if you could? What if I could tell you how?

By definition glorious means having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration. Ahhhhh yeah, wouldn’t you like to wake up like that? Wake up to striking beauty and feel absolutely delighted? This morning, whether you recognized it or not, you most certainly woke up to striking beauty. You have every reason to feel delighted. Is everything perfect … no. But perfection is not required here. You’re surrounded by the miraculous. You’re surrounded by awe inspiring, mind blowing, breath taking beauty. Admire that in your own life today! Wake up glorious.

Your body follows your thoughts wherever they go. If you tell yourself you’re exhausted, then you no doubt feel exhausted. If you tell yourself you can’t, then typically you’re absolutely right, you can’t. Knowing the power my creator placed in my own thoughts (Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinketh, so is he”) I intentionally choose my first thoughts each morning as my alarm rings. Want to know my secret to waking up happy and peppy … well here you go!

The alarm rings and I just let it play, ‘Glorious’ by Maclamore. No, it’s not Christian music and yet here I am as a lover of Jesus who know every word and I can rap it with the best of them.

I feel glorious, glorious
Got a chance to start again
I was born for this, born for this
It’s who I am, how could I forget?
I made it through the darkest part of the night
And now I see the sunrise
Now I feel glorious, glorious
I feel glorious, glorious

Why do I feel glorious? Because I wake up singing it and I’m reminded in Isaiah 60:1 – “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”

My favorite verse says “Another morning, a morning, don’t let self get in my way.”
Another morning is exactly what you and I have been given here. A morning where the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Now that is glorious!!!!! Another morning to not let self get in the way. Oh please tell me I’m not the only one who totally gets in the way of my own self on most days. I talk myself out of doing the things I know I should do. And I convince myself someway or another I’m unworthy of the good stuff in life and incapable of doing the hard stuff in life. Are you in your own way?

God has this great big beautiful life available for each of us and he specifically made us and equipped us with everything we would need to step into our full purpose, and we just get in our own way. How are you in your own way? Is it your negative thoughts about yourself? Ahhhh, yes for most of us it’s all in our head. We convince ourselves for some reason we can’t. We tear ourselves down then tear ourselves into pieces with our self hate and loathing, all while the creator must be tortured watching his masterpiece be torn apart.

Don’t you know YOU are his greatest masterpiece. You are his beloved creation. You’ve got to stop tearing yourself down. You’ve got to get out of your own way. How many times are we blocking our own blessings and breakthroughs by allowing fear and anger, procrastination and negative thoughts to get in the way. We grow weary and give up when it doesn’t happen fast enough for us. But the truth is, your journey may take a long time, but the time is going to pass one way or another. The time can pass as you get better and live up to your God given potential, or it can pass as you lose yourself a little more every day and sink deeper into that hole.

You have yourself another morning here my sister, don’t let self get in your way.

The next line in the song says “I’ve got my breath, I’ve got my faith, and I remember why I came.”

So here you are this morning, you’ve got your breath, you’ve got your faith, now remember why you came.

Why are you here? You’re here to live. Are you? I mean truly … are you living? This isn’t a dress rehearsal. This isn’t practice. This is game time, the real deal, the only life you get and girl you better not be standing on the sidelines watching everyone else play while your life passes you by.

With the rising of the sun this morning you’ve been given a chance to start again. You made it through the darkest part of the night and now you see the sunrise. You can feel glorious. Oh yes you can because the glory of the Almighty is shining on you. You haven’t been forgotten. He hasn’t given up on you or left you behind. Your untapped potential to fulfill your purpose is still in you and today is another chance to rise up and live as the woman you were created to be.

And you know what it will be … it will be glorious! Not perfect … but glorious. Having striking beauty which causes feelings of delighted admiration.