Morning

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Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35, NIV)
 
Your first ritual that you do during the day is the highest leveraged ritual, by far, because it has the effect of setting your mind, and setting the context, for the rest of your day. — Eben Pagan
Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don’t squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day’s work. When you find me, you find life, real life, to say nothing of God’s good pleasure. (Proverbs 8:33-35, MSG)
 
Every day of his life he arose very early in the morning to study the Word of God, way down to the close of his life. Mr. Moody used to rise about four o’clock in the morning to study the Bible. He would say to me: “If I am going to get in any study, I have got to get up before the other folks get up,” and he would shut himself up in a remote room in his house, alone with his God and his Bible. —R. A. Torrey
My little lamps were kindled at Thy sun. — J. H. Jowett

Lean

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There’s nothing wrong with leaning, if you lean ultimately and completely on the Lord. In fact, being human you have to lean; you can’t walk the life of faith alone. That’s why you have Christ. You’re built to be a leaner. You’ve got an inner shrine within your heart, and no one can occupy the shrine like He can occupy it. Nothing wrong with leaning, if you’re leaning on the Lord. — Chuck Swindoll

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)

You're blessed when you are out of options and all you can do is lean on God. Because when you realize your need for God, it is only then that you tap into His immeasurable greatness and goodness. You're blessed when you've been stripped of that which is most precious to you. Only then can you be tenderly embraced by the One most precious to you. — Eric Ludy

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10, NLT)

God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him. — Hudson Taylor


Sin

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Sin is life pursuing death. … At its center, sin is the rejection of the presence of God in our lives. God is the source of life, and if we reject that life, we have cut off our source. We diminish in our joy like a river whose source has dried up.

                                                                            — Eugene Peterson

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. (Psalm 51:1-4, NIV)

Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. — Author Unknown

Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” (John 8:10-11, NLT)

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21, NIV)


Midst

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Nothing in the world of nature or of man can really harm the soul that steadily and lovingly trusts the Heavenly Father. He who has Jesus with him in the long life voyage will be taught the lesson of perfect peace in the midst of startling confusion. — Edward Increase Bosworth

The waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. (Matthew 8:24-26, NIV)

We need to remember in times of stress and hardship that “the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them” (Ps. 34:7). It’s not my private battle, it’s His. — Steve Farrar

God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that. (1 Corinthians 1:8-9, MSG)

Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:20, KJV)


Contentment

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Contentment is the product of gratitude and anger is the product of discontentment. … When you acknowledge that God is good in all that He does, and you affirm His goodness by a life of gratitude, it appreciably influences your ability to get along with others, mitigates your propensity to anger and fills your life with contentment. — Walter A. Henrichsen

Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. (1 Timothy 6:6-7, NIV)

Nothing so hinders us in what we are doing as to be longing after something else. — S. Francis De Sales

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:12-13, NIV)

A spirit of calm contentment always accompanies true godliness. The deep peace that comes from deep trust in God’s lovingkindness is not destroyed even by the worst of circumstances, for those Everlasting Arms are still cradling us, we are always “under the Mercy.” — Elisabeth Elliot


Aright

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Do every moment’s duty aright. — George MacDonald

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Romans 90:12, NIV)

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

                                            — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord. (Colossians 3:23, NIV)

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life. — Seneca

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Romans 14:8, NIV)