Morning Discipline 3 – A New Week, Practicing Gratitude

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Good morning!

It is a new week and I’m so glad you could join me as we continue our journey toward renewing our minds and improving our self-discipline. If you’re just joining me, you can read my article, “Morning and Evening: A New Self Discipline Journey” to learn more about why I am doing this, and how this may benefit you as well.

With that said, let’s start our morning together!


Before we begin let us take some deep breaths to calm our mind and prepare us for this mornings discipline.


I personally like to have some soft music in the background, so if that’s something you like as well below you will find a song you can play for the duration of our time together.

PRAYER For A New Week

Now that we’re calm, let us transition to a time of prayer. Over the next few minutes you can pray on your own or feel free to use the following prayer:

Thank you, Blessed Lord, for today’s Grace and a fresh week.

Oh God, be with me, protect me, guide me, and keep me safe. I hope for a great week with more blessings and testimony. Thank you for being my rock. I’ll always be grateful.


Powerful 10 Best Prayers For Starting a New Week


Affirmations are one way we can speak to our minds and set the tone for our day. Sometimes, when the struggle to make it through the day hits us hardest, it takes the words of our lips to penetrate the deepest reaches of our minds and keep us moving forward.

Here are a few affirmations for this morning that you can put in your pocket and carry with you throughout your day.

As you read through them, repeat each one out loud at least three times before moving to the next. Take your time. Close your eyes and say them to yourself as well. Let these words sink into your heart and mind this morning:

  1. Today is a fresh start.
  2. This week is an opportunity to learn and grow.
  3. I am empowered by the Holy Spirit to face any challenge this week.
  4. I release fear and stress over things I cannot control and give my week to Jesus.


As Christians, our affirmations should be rooted in the strength and power of God who empowers us and strengthens us to face every trial and every day (both good and bad).

Here are some scriptures that further support the affirmations we just spoke to ourselves. Again, repeat each one three times out loud before moving to the next one. Take your time. Maybe try to commit these to memory as well:

  1. Isaiah 43:18-19, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
  2. Proverbs 4:11, “I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths.”
  3. Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
  4. 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”


It is indeed a new week and a new journey. Yesterday has passed, and tomorrow has not yet come. Today is the moment we have been given, and we must seize it and live it like there is no tomorrow.

Our challenge today is this: practice gratitude.

It is easy to go about our day and allow the negative things that happen to build up and take residence in our minds, almost to the point of consuming our thoughts. But we can counter these negative thoughts by practicing gratitude.

By practicing gratitude we provide moments to rewire and renew our mind toward the positive things rather than the negative things. In fact, there are a whole bunch of great benefits we receive when practicing gratitude that we may not even be aware of (check some out HERE).

When negative thoughts creep in to our minds quickly counter it with something we are thankful for.

Better yet, take out a journal and write down something we are thankful for so that we can reference it again later that night as we reflect over your day.

By the way, I’m thankful for you and your desire to join me on this journey!

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