"No matter what hardships the world may throw at you, you have - in Me - everything you need to persevere. Despair is a deep pit, and sometimes you totter around its edges, precariously close to falling in. Your only hope at such times is to fix your eyes on Me. The more perplexed you are - bewildered by complex circumstances - the easoer it is to lose your balance. To keep from falling, you must change your focus: from your circumstances to My Presence. This requires strenuous effort on your part, because you have not fully accepted the limitations of your mind. Your natural tendency is to keep thinking about a difficult situation ad nauseam - trying to figure it out. However, I am always nearby, eager to help you change your focus time after time."
I realized something while reading my Bible this morning. I was always pretty curious as to why people always did their devotions in the morning...or at least a lot of people I know. I really didn't know a reason, other than reading and praying early in the morning can help set your heart right early in the morning - a good reason to be sure. But what God revealed to me was something else. I am a morning person, and I do my best work in the morning. My morning hours are my first fruits of time if you will. Since God wants our first fruits of everything, it's only right to consider our time in that too. I don't know if that works for everyone, but for me, that's what I was taught today.