your first waking moments


What do you do with your first waking moments? Some days we don’t have a choice — a crying toddler stands at our bedside with urgent needs, or we wake to a nurse making her early morning rounds. But, what do you do if you wake to a day whose first moments await your decision about how they’ll be spent? How do you spend that first 120 seconds?

  • You could choose to check social media — who posted what while you slept?
  • Or you might, heart-rate escalating, run through your day’s overwhelming to-do list.
  • You might, heart-drooping, run through the list of yesterday’s failures.

Can I suggest a better way?

Can I suggest, instead, that you make a habit of spending your first moments in wonder and worship? Say no to the social media habit (which could very well begin your day with comparison and insecurity). Start a new practice, instead. Every minute counts, and daily habits formed, even those that only last 120 seconds, can be used by the Holy Spirit to grow wisdom and set right your early-morning thinking, no matter today’s list or yesterday’s failure.

So try this: 1) open eyes, 2) shut alarm off, and 3) click on a website called Light for the Day. Your eyes get to travel to places worldwide you might never go in person. Your mind gets to hear God’s words meant just for you. You get to wonder at the majesty of green Asian mountains or Russian blankets of snow or regal Namibian wildlife.

Your morning begins with your first thoughts on God — the God who created all the breathtaking beauty before you on the screen. You, a little bitty human being, have the privilege of starting your day with almighty God’s majesty spread before you, both in word and in creation.

You get to wonder and worship.

Here’s the link: You can make the site your homepage, or save the link to your phone’s home screen.  After you’ve clicked on the link, both the description of the day’s photo and a  fuller version of the verse appear by clicking on the little “i” at the bottom right corner. And the arrows in the bottom right corner take you back through a week of beautiful pics.

Here’s one more suggestion, a suggestion within the suggestion: Don’t skim past the words of the verse. Some days as I’ve found myself marveling at the photo and rushing to click and discover it’s location, I’ve treated God’s words as secondary. Train yourself, instead, to stop and dwell on the verse, reading the words over and over, asking God to help you hide them in your heart.

For His word, dwelling richly within you by the power of His Spirit, changes. And no 120 seconds of intentional redirect toward God’s existence, toward His spoken truth, toward your Creator are too few.

On the days when you get to choose, don’t waste your first waking moments.


Photo: the Rose Garden in Washington Park, Portland, Oregon, USA; used with permission from Paul Crawford and the Light for the Day staff.


About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and work as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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