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A Moment to Pause
Each day comes bearing gifts, Untie the ribbons. -Ann Ruth Schabacker
Try getting up before daybreak. See the dawn emerge like a chorus in the morning twilight. You'll hear it whisper, Today is a gift to you. As you watch for that soaring burst of sun, let the serene beauty of that simple moment be stored in your soul.
The sun has been called the "eye of heaven," and its rising each day proclaims the glory of creation and symbolizes new life. Each time the sun peeks above the horizon, it brings a fresh promise-the gift of another day. Greet the day by beginning it well.
Develop a routine for getting up in the morning-your personally designed "order of the day." Wake up a little early, brew a special cup of tea or flavored coffee, and, before it gets hectic, spend a few moments in anticipation of what this day might bring. Seek the quiet comfort of a renewed heart and be thankful for the gift of today.
A Moment to Reflect
God has given you today, this twenty-four hours, a block of time carved specifically for you. Nobody else will have a day like yours. You will have a few frustrations, but you will also have enriching joys, hopes, and invitations that you won't want to miss.
God is merciful to lift the curtain on each day with a new dawn. With it comes inspiration and renewed strength. Be encouraged this day with the moments God has given you. Let him show you the true value of time and how to enjoy it. Happiness is yours today.
When dawn breaks up another night, And sunshine splits the dark with light; My God, I pray with renewed heart, Thank you for a brand-new start.
Each morning when my day is new, Dear Lord, I place my trust in you; Then all the worries on my mind, Soon disappear, and peace I find.
Excerpted from Soul Retreats for Women by Lila Empson Excerpted by permission.
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