Sadie, our five-year-old granddaughter, dumped her prized collection onto the counter: a clump of moss, lichen-covered sticks, dirt-encrusted rocks, and a Y-shaped twig.
With a smile, she pulled me into a tight hug. “Gigi, that was fun. We found cool treasures on our walk.”
After my walking buddy added yellow dandelion flowers to the pile, she shared the news. “Mommy, come see what we found. I found more than Gigi. Gigi didn’t even see the sparkly rocks.”
Sadie had observed things I’d missed, like the mica-infused rocks she picked up. While we chatted, we washed the rocks with a toothbrush until the mica sparkled in the sunlight beaming through the kitchen window.
“Sadie, isn’t God amazing? He creates so many beautiful things for us to see. We almost missed the dandelions, but you spotted them.”
Our conversation led me to wonder how much of God’s bounty we miss. Busy schedules and a noisy world often deafen and blind us to His goodness.
Besides the wonders of creation which remind us of His presence and power, He provides “every good gift and every perfect gift” (James 1:17). He offers messages of His love, protection, and guidance. He gives us opportunities to serve others.
Questions to Consider and Actions to Take
How many of God’s treasures do we find each day, and how many do we miss?
How can we sharpen our observation skills?
Prayer and Bible study honor God and attune our hearts to His. Whether we set our clocks earlier or designate a later time of day, we need time to talk with Him, to be still in His presence and listen.
Morning prayers awaken us to notice God’s blessings. Even when the day starts faster than we anticipate and promises to be busier than a five-year-old on Saturday morning, we can voice prayers from Scripture before our heads leave the pillow.
Find verses to mark in your Bible or write them in a bedside journal. When you wake up, read the passage as a prayer. Add your personal greeting to the Lord, your praise, and requests. You’ll soon memorize the verses and pray them from your heart before your eyes open.
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Scripture to Pray
My favorite morning prayer directs my attention to God and tunes my ears to His guidance:
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.Psalm 143:8
These verses remind us to pray and look to Him:
Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God. For to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.Psalm 5:2-3
This prayer asks for alignment of our words and thoughts with God’s:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.Psalm 19:14
When we lack wisdom in trials, we can offer this verse in prayer:
Father, your Word tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). I commit this trial to You, Lord and ask for Your wisdom.
Benefits of Morning Prayer
God has planned each treasure-filled day of our lives. Some gifts bring smiles, like a child’s giggle or a friend’s encouragement. A hymn of praise fosters worship and gratitude. A cool breeze or the smell of freshly cut grass helps us take a deep breath and rest for a moment.
Difficult moments may camouflage benefits. Tucked into a family challenge, God offers grace to endure. Hidden in a toddler’s temper tantrum may lie a lesson about our lack of contentment or insistence on our own way. Sandwiched between an unexpected bill and a pending decision, we can find a reminder to seek God’s wisdom.
Our heavenly Father sprinkles messages like sparkly rocks and wildflowers onto our pathway each day. Morning prayers based on God’s Word awaken our hearts to look and listen for His presence and His blessings.
Are you in a storm, seeking assurance of His peace? Do reminders of the Lord’s presence help you battle loneliness or despair? Would assurance of His power help you fight the enemies of fear and worry?
Start your treasure hunt each day with morning prayers and revel in the blessings you’ll discover along the way. Offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the Father’s goodness and determine to find more of His gifts today.
How do you seek God’s daily treasures?
(All verses are taken from the NKJV)
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