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25,000 Mornings by Fay Rowe

Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

25,000 Mornings: Ancient Wisdom for a Modern Life by Fay Rowe

In her preface author Fay Rowe explains that, “A few years ago, a television ad for the state of Michigan said we have 25,000 mornings, give or take a few. Michigan has given us 68.49 years.”

“I’ve lived a considerable number of mornings already, and I’ve learned a few things about life. One of the most important things I’ve learned about life is this: We need God in it.

Adding, “I hope these simple devotional offerings help you begin your morning with a sense of joy and peace, and with expectation for what God has for you—and has for you to do—in the rest of your day.”

While simple, there is depth here too.

Immediately my attention was captured when Rowe addressed one of my biggest concerns in life, “Often, we let the cares and busyness of life crowd out the joy of God’s wonderful gift. When that happens, even our time with family and friends—or time that could be spent in joyful productivity and fruitfulness—is marred.”

Marred.  Ouch!

Note – For some inexplicable reason I thought that there would be devotionals for 25,000 mornings.  If you thought that too, you’re not alone.  If you didn’t, feel free to laugh at my silliness.

In her first of the 141 devotionals — aptly entitled 25,000 Mornings — the author wrote:

God said he’s given us all things richly to enjoy, didn’t he?

If every new morning truly is from him, filled with his mercy and loving kindness, then deciding to enjoy each one sounds like wisdom to me.

But we don’t always do that, do we? Often, we let the cares and busyness of life crowd out the joy of God’s wonderful gift.

When that happens, even our time with family and friends—or time that could be spent in joyful productivity and fruitfulness—is marred. Overlooking the good in our lives, we find ourselves focusing on the troubles and evils around us, and we end up wishing away our precious time.

I’ve already used up a considerable number of mornings, so I’m more than ready to start enjoying them on purpose—to be more “in the moments” of my days, to resist wishing them away for any reason, because God is in them with me.

I’ve decided to enjoy the sunshine and maybe even the rain. I’ll smell the coffee and enjoy a cup once in a while—maybe even two or three, if the morning is slow. And I’ll be thankful for the day, even if it calls for ironing, as this one does.

Today, enjoy the gift—and don’t miss all the other gifts hidden in the package.

“Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

Fay Rowe writes with warmth and wisdom.  If you like that kind of conversational wisdom, you’ll enjoy reading the other one hundred and forty devotionals too.

 

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 […] “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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