Monday, May 9, 2022

In the Morning

By: Joanne Viola

Everyone must have a morning routine, although it most likely varies from person to person. Mine consists of grabbing a mug full of black coffee, getting my Bible, and sitting on the couch near the window. Depending on the time of year, it may still be dark out, or a hint of dawn breaking may be seen.

It’s my favorite time of day because of the stillness and quiet it offer, filling my soul with a calm and peace.

The words come softly. “In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus.”

The melody alone soothes and the words infuse hope and faith.

But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.” (Micah 7:7-8, NASB)

Enemies can come in many shapes – hopelessness, despair, financial difficulty, a challenging child, a work deadline, health problems. An enemy is anything or anyone which comes against you. On any given day, it can be a host of situations.

As we rise rise each morning, we need to fill our hearts and mind with the reminder:

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31, NASB)

Who or what, indeed?

As we rise each morning and allow Him to put His strength – the steel – back into our hearts, our minds, and our bones, we can rise again to face the day. Whatever may be threatening to darken your day, be assured that the Lord will dispel the darkness and He will be a light for you.

Maybe you need a little push to rise today…


 Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash


  1. Lovely post, Joanne! I never used to be a morning person, but I love mornings now. I love the stillness and quietness where I can meet the Lord before anything intrudes on my day. So refreshing and life giving! I love the song by Fernando Ortega. I have a hand painted decorative sign just outside my bedroom door, which I see each morning, it says, "In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus".

    1. I love that you have a hand painted sign as a reminder each morning!

  2. As I read your first couple of paragraphs, that song came to mind--then I saw you mentioned it!

    Just recently I was very disappointed in myself with how I reacted to something. This line encouraged me: "Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise." Then this came to mind from Psalm 37:24: "though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand." And from Proverbs 24:16a: "For the righteous falls seven times and rises again." When I stumble and fall, Satan does not have the final victory, praise the Lord. God lifts us up again.

  3. I love the quiet stillness of the morning for my quiet time with Jesus. What a beautiful song.


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