The slightest bit of sun peeks through the blinds. The pup snuggles. The precious husband brings coffee and a kiss. The computer is opened to three tabs - EXAMENme, BibleGateway, and Matthew Henry's commentary.
And so it begins. And so it fills. Without morning ritual, there is no life in my veins. Listening to my Lord in the beginning of the day allows me to listen with my heart the rest of the day.
And on days like today, as I pray for so many who are needing, the words He speaks are a personal love letter.
But now, God's Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: "Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you. I've called your name. You're mine. When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you. When you're in rough waters, you will not go down. When you're between a rock and a hard place, it won't be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That's how much you mean to me! That's how much I love you! I'd sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you." ~Isaiah 43:1-4 (MSG)