Thursday, February 25, 2016

Joy in the Morning

 I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "morning"! 

"Weeping may come for the night, but joy comes with the morning,"--Psalm 30:5

The Psalms hold such beautiful words. As a poet myself, I find the Psalms always bring me so much comfort. The above Psalm has become one of my all-time fave Psalms. These words remind me of the cycle of life and remind me that joy always comes in the morning. There will always be nights but there will also always be mornings.

Each morning, God's mercies are always new. I don't know about you, but I am so glad that God's mercies are new because life is going to be full of nights and hard times, but it also is full of beautiful mornings full of new life.

I love watching the sunsets on the prairies of North Dakota. Hues of pinks and purple creeping over the horizon. I like my sleep and sleeping in, but I'll often give up my sleep to watch these beautiful sunrise. They are a gorgeous reminder that joy does indeed come in the morning.

Morning is time for us to sit and simply be with Jesus. I will admit that I am not always good at that. I want to be better. I want to take the time with my cup of tea or my vanilla latte and  lift my prayers to God. Each morning; each day is a gift given to us from God. I have been especially aware of that lately as so many friends are hurting and some even living their last days. I know that for them eventually that new morning will not be here on earth but will be in heaven. I want to hold onto every morning and every night that I have been given.

"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you!"--Psalm 143:8

So, my friends, may we relish each day! For "This is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it"--Psalm 118:24

Mourning into Dancing (My absolute fave version of this Psalm. I've shared here before but it is based on Psalm 30 so thought I'd share again. Even though Ben lost his life in the Haiti earthquake, he does indeed still sing!)

34 comments:

  1. Tara, beautiful post! Morning is such a great time to bring our prayers to God. I love to be up in the early morning, but the trouble is I so seldom do it. At least we can thank God throughout the day and He still hears. Blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks Gayl! I so seldom do it too. Blessings to you too!

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  2. Tara, I so agree with you in placing value in relishing valuing each morning, each day. We only get so many. May we live them well! And if it makes you feel better, I don't always take the time I should with Jesus in the mornings either. It's such a battle sometimes. :) May we both grow in choosing Him in the mornings, and enjoying the colors he fills our mornings with.

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    1. Jeanne, yes, that is so true. We only get so many. Yes, let us both grow in choosing Him in the mornings and enjoy the colors he fills our mornings with.

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  3. We had similar ideas again this week, even referenced the same Psalm! I love the idea of "relishing" each day—similar to the way relish is something extra tasty added to basic food!

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    1. Oh yes. Love that! And yes we did have similar ideas this week.

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  4. In this time of fell nights, I pay meet adoration to the rising of the sun..."God, please give me tomorrow!"

    #2 or something at FMF. Too sick to check, sorry, here the link

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/02/your-dying-spouse-123-meanings.html

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    1. Andrew, yes, I am sure that you do pay meet adoration in those words; in the setting of a new day. Thinking of you and praying for you and Barbara each and every day.

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  5. hi tara. i'm #21 tonite. i enjoyed your post :) always great to remember that no matter how difficult the suffering of the night, joy will come in the morning:)

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    1. Thanks Martha! Yes, joy does indeed come in the morning!

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  6. So many good songs written about this over the years to celebrate the light that is Jesus, our morning star. Thanks Tara.

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  7. You make mornings so inviting with your words. I sat down to write this morning and my post looks nothing like I expected it to, of course. :) Happy Friday!

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    1. Kristin, thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed your post. Hope you had a great weekend.

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  8. Tara,
    woo the Dakota sunrises! I've not been blessed to see a Northern one, but the Southern ones were without a doubt the widest, most vibrant blessings I had for years and years. :D
    So glad you have the perspective of morning and blessing. We used to joke that Daylight Savings Day was the national day of mourning (morning) because we had to get up early.
    I did finally link up, I think I'm landed at #56.
    Love,
    Tammy

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    1. Tammy, I am telling you nothing can top the beauty of those Dakota sunrises and sunsets; much like what you saw in the southern ones you have experienced. Daylight Savings Day as the national day of mourning..HA! But that is oh so true!

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  9. Yep. I love mornings, too. It's been a long time since I've slept past a sunrise. One thing about sunrises that I've noticed--clouds make them prettier--which is the perfect analogy for life. We might not exactly like the rainy days, but the storms sure bring out the beauty of the Son.

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    1. You know, clouds do make them prettier. I love your analogy.

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  10. Ah yes... the Psalms... and spending mornings with Jesus (and being better at actually doing that!) - all the Yes and Amens and me, toos! xoxo

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  11. Yes, I love beginning my day with coffee and the Word. It's always a good thing! Thanks for sharing these great Psalms with us! Happy Weekend to you!

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    1. Rachel, it is always a good thing. The Psalms are my fave. Hope you had a great weekend!

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  12. Mornings are for Jesus. My life is so much better when I am remembering that. Thanks for the reminder, friend.

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    1. Colleen, so excited to see you here. I have missed you oh so much.

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  13. A beautiful reminder of how to start our days well when we prioritise spending time with Jesus. To waken early enough to watch a sunrise is a rarity for me but treasured all the more for it. Thanks for sharing your joy filled thoughts, Tara! :) x

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  14. I love sunrises here in South Dakota as well Tara. Mornings are beautiful and even more beautiful with Jesus. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Laura, I thought you might understand the beauty and joy in those Dakota sunrises and sunsets.

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  15. Beautiful words! The gift of new mercies every morning is worth waking up for. Of course sunrises are a beautiful surprise too. Thank you for this offering.

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    1. Thanks Mary! New mercies are indeed worth waking up for.

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  16. You've included another reference to God's new mercies. I keep seeing post after post about that. I look forward to that day when I will no longer have to worry about grief or sadness. Be blessed, friend.

    Lynette
    ~#79 this wk

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    1. Lynette, it is always amazing to me how certain phrases, verses, etc pop up in the midst of the different FMF posts. I too look forward to that day when I no longer have to worry about grief or sadness. Be blessed too, friend!

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