“ My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up” (Psalm 5:3).

Someone once said, “There’s nothing quite so early as morning.” An alarm clock is a mechanism used to scare the daylights into you. There ought to be a better way of starting the day than having to get up. These are the sentiments of many of us when it comes to getting out of bed in the morning!

For so many of us, our mornings are a mad dash to get up, get ready for the day, get something in our stomachs, and rush out the door, and we forget about spending time with God.  We have every intention of spending time with God at some point during the day, but God desires to spend time with us in the morning.  David had a great desire that the first Person that would hear his voice as he began his day would be his God!  Who hears your voice first in the morning? I challenge you to begin a new habit this month. Wake up 30 minutes early and do not begin getting ready for the day; you do not need to because you woke up early!  Spend that time with God before you do anything else, and develop the habit that David had of talking to God in the morning and looking up to Him. “Looking up” signifies that David was looking for direction for that day from God.  We talk to God in prayer, He talks to us and gives us direction through His Word. You may not find a lifechanging verse every morning, but you will find the mind of Christ as you develop a habit of talking to Him first. When you take a trip in your car, you don’t make major adjustments every mile; sometimes you just get mile markers to let you know you are headed in the right direction. 

What time do you normally wake up?  6:00 a.m.? Tomorrow, set your alarm for 5:30 a.m.  Do you normally get up at 7:00 a.m.? Tomorrow, get up at 6:30 a.m.  When speaking of our devotion time, most people’s excuse is, “I don’t have enough time!”  Could we not say right now that we have more time than we have ever had?  Use it for God’s glory!

May God bless you as you speak to Him first tomorrow morning!

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Jason Atwood

Jason Atwood, Assistant Pastor

Jason Atwood grew up in the Corpus Christi, Texas area, and in November 2006, Pastor Atwood was called to be the first pastor of Heritage Baptist Church of Corpus Christi. The church was meeting in a small one-bedroom house. God blessed, and they moved to a new 5-acre site to allow continued growth. In 2019, God led Pastor Atwood to join our staff. He is a tremendous help to Pastor Trieber in both the church and the college ministry. He is married to Aimee, and they have three boys — Will, Connor, and Jack.