It is a new day 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.
MUSIC FOR A NEW DAY
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 Quality Mental Health
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:
Lord, you call to me often.
I’m not always able to hear you. Sometimes, I ignore you. Sometimes I don’t know it’s you. Help me to hear your voice and be ready to listen whenever you call to me. Help me to remember that you see more than I do and desire to help me through whatever I’m going through or is ahead of me.
When I’ve grown expectant that you will do things my way, help me to respond to your way instead. Help me to recognize the voices I listen to aren’t from you. May I hear your voice above all others and be willing to turn towards you.
Amen.Prayer of Responsiveness to God’s Voice | http://www.crosswalk.com
AFFIRMATIONS for Quality Mental Health
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:
- I will get through today.
- I am more than my thoughts.
- I am loved and appreciated even when it seems like I’m not.
- Every day is a gift.
SCRIPTURES For Quality Mental Health
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:
- John 14:27, “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
- Galatians 1:10, “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
- Deuteronomy 31:8, “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
- Psalm 18:32, “God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect.”
It is indeed a new day 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: stop and breathe.
Whenever you start to feel overwhelmed by something a good way to step back and recenter is to close your eyes and breathe for a few moments. You can use the breathing exercise from above, or simply take slow deep breaths until you have regained composure.
Today, whenever you feel anxiety coming on, stop and breathe.
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