I end each night and start each day with a prayer. Ending the day with a prayer ensures I have given thanks for the many blessings that I received during the day, and any troubling concerns I bring it up to the Lord at that time. I try to fall asleep while reading the Bible so I can continue my knowledge quest of God almighty, and our Lord Jesus Christ. How my life may have been different if I had performed this ritual in my twenties as opposed to my sixties.
While I traverse my dark season as so many people are doing today, I can’t help but be so grateful for all of the blessings I received in my life, when I was not following the 10 commandments, and not following God’s word, not appreciating the fact that the Son of God, sacrificed his life and suffered horribly to pay for my sins with his blood.
I have read the Bible, Old Testament to New Testament recently and continue to re-read the New Testament starting with the book of Matthew, the birth of Jesus and the short amount of time he spent on this earth with his twelve disciples. I prayed deeply with the Holy Spirit to have me maintain what I am reading and to have a deep rooted understanding of what I am reading. I have been rewarded with a thirst for the Bible and the words to extend my knowledge of the words and thereby getting closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
My morning ritual of waking up and meditating and praying has been augmented by me picking up my e-reader and opening up the Bible where I left off the night before. I usually don’t remember the last few lines of scripture as I am falling asleep so I pick up where I left off. Since I am in the dark season, my messages have been in relation to me repenting for my sins, one by one from my childhood during my prayers and meditation. The scripture readings in the book of Proverbs are very clear about sins of a certain nature and I became afraid that I may not be forgiven for my past sins. As I read the scripture I had to rub my eyes to be sure what I had read. The scripture read;
Proverbs 22:17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
Proverbs 22:18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee, they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
Proverbs 22:19 That thy trust may be in the Lord, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
I was so elated to find this scripture, a message to me that my trust in the Lord was made known to me this day, even to thee. My day was surely blessed and it was an amazing day of Joy, Peace and Love.
Each new day is a new opportunity to gain knowledge and is one of my 7 daily accountabilities to the Lord.
They are to live each day I am blessed on this earth with :
Virtue: Morals and Ethics,
Knowledge: Gain new spiritual knowledge daily
Temperance: No excess alcohol or any substance
Patience: Be patient for your prayers to manifest ( they will when you are ready)
Godliness: Follow the 10 commandments. That’s it.
Brotherly Kindness: Be kind to all mankind.
Charity: Help someone less fortunate than you. Don’t give to get.