For a really long time, Mondays have been my favorite day of the week. I crave a restart button in my life, and Mondays often provide just that. Here are my 4 reasons that I hope will help why you should love Mondays too.
New Grace and Mercy Mondays mornings are a great time to reflect on the previous week and create new intentions about the coming one. I look at areas where I have failed or have gone off track, and start a new dialogue with God about them. I seek his forgiveness and mercy, and he pours his grace over the “should have and should not have beens.” It’s a gift to start fresh and I am able to recommit to the important things without dragging the failure of the past week along with me. Grace is available every day, but I often feel the need for it most on Monday mornings when my negative self-talk and tiredness want to bring me down.
New Faith Looking at the previous week, I get to see where God has been at work. I ask myself some questions to help me get a right perspective and take away some of the blurriness. Where do I see God’s fingerprints? Where are my prayers being answered? When am I accepting God “at work” as coincidence? Did I respond the same way I always do to situations, or was there God-growth in my hardness? Do I see change in hard situations? Is God revealing a new calling or gifting? Where God provide what I needed? What did God do that was unexpected? Delightful? Hard? All of these questions lead me to refocusing my heart on the kingdom and produces in me a deeper faith.
New Opportunities Peering ahead and planning a new week is exciting. Sure, we all have the things we have to do and need to do, but if we are honest, we have lots of extra time too. Mondays get me excited about all of the things I hope to do, and they give me the opportunity to plan ahead to squeeze the goodness into all of the fringe time I can find. Looking at my calendar I start to squeeze in things that make my life good, beautiful, and full. This week I’m looking for time to do these things:
- Coffee with a very old friend so we can encourage each other on our journey as families with Autism.
- Reading the Lego Brick edition of some Shakespeare with my family.
- Cook a good dinner.
- Pray about the details of a mission trip I believe God is calling me to.
- Send out encouraging post cards to friends I know are hurting.
- Soak up the Pacific Ocean.
- Go for a long beach walk with my hubby.
Fringe time is the best and Mondays give me the opportunity to use it to its fullest by planning ahead. Planning is important and comes very naturally to me, but God also wants me to be flexible. As I plan, I dedicate the week, and all that it will be, to the Lord for his glory and his purposes. I also dedicate my heart to him asking for help to stay in tune with the Holy Spirit so that I will be willing to set my plans aside when he asks. When my heart is right with God, I can embrace change as a new opportunity for obedience and not as an inconvenience. [pullquote] When my heart is right with God, I can embrace change as a new opportunity for obedience and not as an inconvenience. -Summer Green[/pullquote]
New Praise When I regularly refocus my eyes on God and kingdom life, I can’t help but praise him. His work in my life is intimate, tangible and beautiful. This becomes a new living praise that is based on my very own relationship and encounter with God himself and not on the experiences of someone else. Worship becomes real and not rote, and it not only pleases God but it opens my heart, out of gratitude, to living the life he sets before me. New grace, mercy, faith, opportunities, and praise are all beautiful byproducts of Monday mornings spent with Jesus.
Happy Monday Friends!