First Call

image“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8

At the outset, before I enter into conversation with another human being, I direct my three-ring-circus thoughts to you. Since you were known as the Word before time even began, let me begin this day by first listening to your Word to hear the strong sound of your voice in each line and phrase.

Before I check the status of responsibilities demanding my attention and dictating my schedule, I ask you to rearrange and realign my time. Before I even begin to concentrate on what I must do, or should do, or can’t possibly tackle today, I invite you to reschedule and direct my day.

Supersede my muddled thoughts with a keen awareness that you are brilliant Truth and that you maintain precise order and alignment in this world. Win over my heart with an aim to please you, to seek you, to rest in the strength that you possess especially when weariness is the primary color on my wheel.

Help me to find delight in the ordinary portions of my day – the first sip of piping hot coffee; the landscape of greenery parading down my street; the line of children entering school, each one particularly designed with the capacity to transform their world.

Allow me to focus on celebrating your goodness in the overlooked snatches of my routine – the petite cardinal perched on the lamppost like a red-coated sentry at my door; the soggy pigeon-gray clouds waiting to drop their deluge; the attentive waitress carrying out her work load in precise and regal fashion.

Give me appreciation for the tiniest drops of joy you sprinkle like confetti on the tabletop of today. Catch me off guard with a fresh sense of wonder for the small surprises wrapped in ordinary packaging that you will reveal at various points throughout this not-very-special Tuesday. Help me not to overlook your gifts because I am consumed with keeping pace, increasing my stride, and arriving at a destination that you never called me to reach in the first place.

“On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased” (Psalm 138:3).

Elizabeth A. Mitchell



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    Lois says

    Thirty Minutes Or So and First Call…what wisdom you so beautifully send my way. Thank you, Elizabeth, for using your God-given gift of word crafting and your lyrical voice for His glory and my enlightenment.

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    Jeanie says

    God uses your voice to calm my anxious thoughts and my mind in a race that cannot be won by my plans and ideas!!! Thank you for the calm reprieve today. Blessing my dear friend!!!

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    Margie Maxwell says

    Thank you Elizabeth! This is a keeper❤️ A prayerful devotion that I can use daily. And I know this speaks to so many! Again, thank you for all your labor in the Lord😘

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    Jayne says

    Thank you for reminding me to stop and pause from the busy-ness of my day and self-absorbed thoughts. Thank you for reminding me to re-direct my thoughts to the blessings I’ve been given each day.

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    Carol Booher says

    “tiniest drops of joy…” Oh Jesus, thank you for words that express the “precious” in life. Thank you for that you can enter in to our hearts…joy…

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    jodi jantomaso says

    Thank you for this Elizabeth. A gentle reminder of all that is important at the onset of our day…., ongoing conversation with our beloved Jesus.

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