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Steve’s Newsletter – September 2021

When we are young, we have a sense of awe and wonder at most of the things we see, whether that be an ant running
across the pavement or a ‘99’ ice cream with two flakes in it! But as we get older, we sometimes seem to lose that
sense of awe and wonder.

We can too easily get caught up in our thoughts, remembering the past or worrying about the future, to notice
the many amazing things going on around us. We’re too focused on counting all the things we don’t have, to notice
the beauty, love and abundance that is already ours.
So, what is your first thought upon waking in the morning? If you’re like a lot of people, it will be one of resistance. You don’t want to get up. You don’t feel like facing your to-do list!

Your first thoughts in the morning can have a huge impact on the attitude, feelings and energy you carry around with
you for the remainder of the day. The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius once famously wrote: “When you arise in
the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Imagine how different we would feel if we were to wake up with a similar attitude; if we greeted the day with thoughts like: “Wow, what a privilege it is to be alive. I’m so lucky to be here now, experiencing the wonders of life. I am blessed with fresh air, the beauty of nature, my loved ones, the ability to laugh, create and dance. I’m blessed with food and shelter, an imagination and the ability to do kind acts for others. I’m so grateful for today, and I’m going to relish the next 24 hours.”

Are you feeling inspired? It’s not easy to train your mind out of old habits, so to give you a helping hand, here are 10
positive morning thoughts that can help get you in the right frame of mind each day.
1. Thank you God for this gift of a whole new day.
2. How can I best serve God today?
3. I dedicate today to love and kindness.
4. I am going to give this day my very best, so that I may rest my head with deep satisfaction tonight.
5. I have everything that I need right in this moment.
6. I see the world with grateful eyes, and it fills my soul.
7. I will listen to God’s voice today and allow Him to guide me.
8. Let me make the world a better place by shining my light today.
9. My life is a miracle.
10. I carry peace and stillness in my heart as I go about my daily activities.

And God’s continual goodness to us is recorded in His Word:
Acts 14:17b says; ‘…he has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides
you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.’ [NIV]
And Lamentations 3:22-23; ‘Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.’ [NIV]

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Steve