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Those Early Morning Hours


“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every though, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brothers, what whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things” (Philippians: 4:6-9, HCSB).

It’s the early morning hours that get me. It’s that time of day when I’m stumbling around, changing diapers, feeding the baby her bottle, and desperately needing a cup of coffee, that my mind is the most unguarded. It’s then that Satan likes to prey on my fears. It’s then that he draws up my worries and anxieties about this coming deployment. My brain tells me I can’t do it. I’m not cut out for this. I’m not strong enough. I won’t be able to take care of my little girl on my own. My brain asks how I’ll handle sickness, how I’ll handle those stressful days without my husband close by.

But my heart tells a different story. My heart reminds me that I serve a faithful God. My heart reminds me to focus on everything that is right and true. My heart reminds me how much closer I’ll grow to God through this experience. My heart reminds me to take captive every thought and to let my Jesus reign over each day.

If I only listened to my head I’d be a basket case. But instead, I’m learning to pay more attention to my heart. I’m learning to listen to that inner voice of my Savior, who whispers quietly and reminds me that He is there.

So be encouraged dear friends, that you never face this world alone. Vanquish all of the evil, self-degrading thoughts and focus instead on the wonderful words of your Savior. Scripture can be such a powerful form of encouragement. I don’t believe it was happenstance that I was reading Philippians 4 in my devotions this morning. No, I serve a Savior that directs our hearts and minds toward what is right and true. He gave me exactly what I needed to read this morning. He’s just amazing like that!

What is God saying to your heart this morning?