Here we are, blessed with another day. I’m guessing you’d like to start it uplifted. After all, it’s more fun and refreshing to be encouraged rather than discouraged, right?

But, sometimes we can’t control what’s happening around us or to us. Some days we wake up tired and cranky and in a mood not even coffee can cure. Some days we wish for a week of weekends because, goodness, we could use a break.

Sometimes that break is in the inspiration within our reach.

No, we may not be able to control what’s happening around us, but we can control how we react to it.

Yes, we may wake up cranky, but we can choose our attitude the rest of the day.

No, we may not be able to have a week of weekends, but we can make the best of the day that’s ahead.

We can choose to start our day uplifted.

How to start your day uplifted

1. Start the day with God.

Beginning the day with God sets the tone for the rest of the day. It helps us keep a proper perspective on the day ahead as we put our trust in God and ask for His guidance. Doing so also reminds us we won’t be alone today, no matter what comes our way. Reading scripture, reading a devotional, praying, journaling, sitting in silence are simple, yet powerful ways to start the day with God.

Remind me each morning of your constant love, for I put my trust in you. My prayers go up to you; show me the way I should go.

Psalm 143:8 GNT

2. Drink a full glass of water after waking.

Many studies have shown that drinking 16 ounces of water immediately after waking in the morning revs up our metabolisms, helps our bodies flush out toxins, hydrates us, gives our brain fuel, and may help us eat less. I’m all about this! It’s such a simple way to begin the day healthy and positive.

3. If possible, take a early morning walk.

Is there anything better than fresh morning air? Getting that air into our lungs does something for our minds, our bodies, our attitudes. Even if it’s just 10 minutes, a brisk walk outside helps set the tone for the day. Or choose a different exercise. But, if possible, find a way to get moving in the morning. It makes all the difference.

4. Choose to look at the day ahead differently.

Sometimes all it takes to start your day uplifted is to choose to look at it differently. What if we looked the day ahead as a gift? Instead of dreading what’s ahead, what if we embraced the adventure of it all? What if we chose to use our time to be a blessing and a burden-lifter to those around us? We get one chance to live this day. Let’s make it count.

5. Start thankful.

What if today was the very last day we took a breath on this earth? Would we live it differently? Would we love others differently? Or, would we be a bit more thankful? Let’s be noticers of the blessings in our lives today and thank God for each one. Allow your heart to be filled with gratitude as you begin your day, then watch what happens to you and to those around you. Thankfulness is contagious!

We’ve heard it said, “Each day is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” (Bil Keane) May you and I open the gift we’ve been given today with great anticipation and excitement, and as we open it, may we be generous enough to share it with others.

It’s a blessing to start this day uplifted, together. God bless you, friend!

Much love,

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