Daily prayer for yourself is so important! It’s the most productive form of self-care I have found. Praying for yourself first thing in the morning, before you even get out of bed, is the best way to start your day on the right foot.
This prayer includes affirmations of who God is, who you are as God’s child and God’s law of health, harmony, and grace that is guiding and governing you. Become aware of God’s presence and remind yourself of who you are as God’s image and likeness until you can really feel Spirit’s calm presence and power surrounding you. You will feel and know that Spirit is the very essence of your identity.
This type of prayer treatment awakens you spiritually! It’s invigorating.
So start your day right. Give yourself the best gift with this spiritual bath. It will replenish, motivate, and inspire you. 😃
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psalms 34:3
I love going to chapel on Monday morning at my son’s school. During chapel there is an opportunity for teachers and students to “magnify the good” by acknowledging something helpful that another student or teacher did. Students and teachers do a little cheer for that person.
It shows me the value of magnifying the good we see around us, which allows it to become bigger in our thinking.
After a period of feeling fear and doubt, I decided to give gratitude more diligently as a way to “magnify the good”. I have found that a gratitude app really helps me stay on top of this practice. Taking moments to fill my thought with an acknowledgement of good breaks the spell of lack, want, or depression. It gives a keen sense of God’s love, beauty, and goodness.
Gratitude enables us to feel peaceful and joyful! Gratitude has a healing effect.
So magnify the good! Notice the good around you, even the small things. Being aware of God’s presence can fill your consciousness with courage, hope, freedom, and possibilities.
A grateful heart a garden is,
Where there is always room
For every lovely, Godlike grace
To come to perfect bloom….
A grateful heart a temple is,
A shrine so pure and white,
Where angels of His presence keep
Calm watch by day or night.
(Christian Science Hymn 3)
Recently, I was on a walk through the woods — a favorite part of my day — and I was struck with awe. The way the light shines, the color of a leaf, the sparkle of the snow. These are little moments of awe and wonder. Sometimes I pause for these moments — and I’m learning to pause more and more, to slow down, and really allow myself to take in the inspiration and beauty of the moment.
O longing hearts that wait on God
Through all the world so wide;
He knows the angels that you need,
And sends them to your side,
To comfort, guard and guide. –Violet Hay
If you are anything like me, you relish these moments, too! These moments are full of inspiration — a feeling, an intuition, a connection with God. They heal. Pause. Breathe. Feel God’s presence and love. Give gratitude. Smile.
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10