The Power of Habit Setting: Devotional Four

I heard a radio program recently highlight the most important indicator of success. It wasn't persistence, creative thinking, or excellent schooling or training. It was habit setting. Our habits demonstrate what we're regularly moving toward, and they should be reflective of our goals. If someone were to observe you for any given 24-hour period, would they discover what's most important to you?
The following devotion is about making regular scripture reading and prayer a habit. It's about soul time. It's a lifeline that God offers us, and that's important.

Day 9
“Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8
The only time chaos doesn’t exist around us as parents is when everyone is sleeping! Thus, even though it is very hard to wake up earlier, I try to be up every morning before my children. I treasure this time to intentionally begin my day and feed my soul before I need to care for others. I like to start by reading a devotional and Scripture and then end in a brief prayer time. I am amazed how God can magnify the benefits of this small sacrifice of time. I discover directives essential to making decisions that day. Or perhaps a word of God meets me exactly where I have been fearful, offering encouragement. One mom once told me that her best inspiration comes when she’s in the shower. When do you get yours? First thing in the morning, while snuggled up in bed, feels like a great time to start to me. Apparently, the psalmist agrees. At least one day this week, have a morning devotional and see what you discover.
Further Reading: Psalm 5:3; Mark 1:35

If you're looking for a devotional, try my free ebook by following the prompts here! This devotion is a sample from it. Another great resource for scriptural reflection is my 11 Affirmations to Build Your Faith from last week. I hope you are enjoying this series. Tune into my social media channels this week for more inspiration on this theme, and stay tuned next week for another devotion!


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