First Thing In The Morning

First thing in the morning, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel thinks: CUDDLE, my Tibetan Spaniel thinks: PLAY, and my Labrador thinks: FOOD! First thing in the morning I’m thinking about my “TO DO” list! Can anyone relate?
Making lists can be very useful, but when anxious thoughts greet us with the sunrise, nag at us all day, and accompany us to bed, something is out of balance. Recently I became so overwhelmed with my “To Do” list that all I could do was cry. Yet while the storm was ragging within, my dog sat calmly at my feet without a care in the world. How envious I was of her in that moment. She knew where to turn for all her needs and trusted that I’d provide for her. Little did I know at the time, but I also had someone to care for me. . .

Early the next morning I found myself rolling out of bed and onto my knees. Feeling defeated from my struggles I buried my head in my pillow and prayed, “Oh God, there’s way too much on my plate, I’m overwhelmed, and need your help . . .” I lingered awhile with God, talking, listening, crying, and reading some Bible verses. Those early morning prayers became the calm in my storm. I was comforted, renewed, and ready to face the challenges ahead, but this time I knew, I wouldn’t be alone!

Dear friend, turning to God before setting out on our day can be one of the hardest things to do. It certainly was for me, and often still is. My tendency is to think that I can do “life” on my own, when in fact, I was created for companionship – to walk hand in hand, by faith, with my loving Heavenly Father. Thankfully, my never ending “to do” list is there to remind me of my need for God. By the way, that’s not an admission of failure or weakness, rather of victory, humility, and strength! “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

Dear friend, your “to do” list will always be there. Why not invite God to help?

In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3)

by Leila Grandemange

This is an excerpt from the book, Pawz and Pray, Short Reflections About God, Life, and the Dogs I Love!

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6 thoughts on “First Thing In The Morning

  1. Very good devotion Leila. It is something that as Christians we all know, but all too often we get ahead of ourselves instead of allowing God to lead.
    I can remember my early morning “meet ups” with God while I sat on our backyard swing…Bible in hand and notebook in the other.
    Do you find that you actually have MORE TIME to tackle your list once you’ve met with God first!
    It’s simple multiplication: God + me+ no time= God + me + more time!

    Thank you for your thought-provoking and challenging articles Leila!
    Your sister in Christ


    1. Hi Karen, thank you for sharing…. love the simple math, so true! Yes, I agree, I find that I have more time to tackle the list when I put God first. Things just seem to fall into place.
      Thank you for your encouraging words.
      Blessings and love in Christ


  2. Dear Leila,

    Thanks for sharing such good reminders, because I face these things every morning. What you are saying is so true. My mother wrote me once to begin each day with Jesus and take Him with me to my work.

    Love you,



  3. Leila, it is comforting to know someone else feels overwhelmed by a “to do” list and who also turns to outlet Lird for strength and forgiveness. He is the only one who loves unconditionally and meets all our needs. I love my dogs, but they are so dependent on me as I am on my Lord. He is always there patiently waiting for me to realize it is time for me to communicate my needs. 😘


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