It has taken some ongoing practice and discipline . . . because the mind is so dull and prone to laziness (especially upon waking) . . . but first thing I try to do, and usually do . . . is . . . the moment of waking up, to immediately put my mind on the Lord and begin praying . . . to start the day.
Just attempting this quickly shows how bound by habit and body--self interest--we are. When I started to make this a new habit, it was amazing how often, each morning, I would wake up, creak out of bed, get dressed and going . . . and then about 20 minutes later realize I had NOT first put my mind on Jesus or prayed . . . .
But this is a habit that can be developed and I find it most helpful in beginning the day focused on the right thing--which is actually on the right PERSON (the Lord, NOT me) . . . . And before you know it, it becomes habitual. Now, of course the focus and pray should not be habitual . . . in the sense of just going through some rote, repetitive motions, verbiage, as if reciting a mantra or repeating a formula. No, that is the whole point--to start the new start deliberately and consciously AWARE and sincerely centered on the person and purpose of Jesus Christ, God. [NOTE: jumping ahead a bit, it is obviously a good idea to bookend the day (upon waking, upon sleeping) with this kind of conscious, determined focus of prayer toward the Spiritual, toward God. This means also that sleep time is simultaneously bookended, so that, hopefully, overall, the dream world begins to show the changed attention to the things of God rather than the things of self and world and flesh. It is very exciting when your dreams start reflecting the ongoing, sanctified changes and renewing happening in your awake state.]
Early in the morn, after waking my wife and I together have coffee and a half grapefruit and "green" herbal/energy type orange juice drink, a shot of apple-cider vinegar w/cayenne and grade B maple syrup . . . and usually talk about God--some doctrine or theology of current interest . . . and/or we watch an early half hour of Bible teaching/preaching and we might talk about the boys, family matters to be addressed or celebrated . . . . But nearly always, this early morning time is spent discussing or reading or watching something about God, about the Gospel . . . and/or applying it to daily life . . . then, if time allows I pray and/or listen to the Spirit as to what I will write here . . . .
[Now, quite to note . . . none of this is meant to say that by doing such things, it makes one "better" or curries favor with the Divine . . . . I find it always helpful to remember and remind, that "good works" and piety . . . is not FOR salvation, but come FROM salvation. The welling peace and joy and comfort and excitement that accrues from consciously pondering the Gospel (that God came in the flesh as Jesus to conquer death, vanquish the Curse and save sinners) produces growing interest and solemn desires . . . to immerse . . . in the Word, Person, Spirit . . . and dwell there always (as much as Given to do) . . . and to be intellectually and emotionally busy with matters, subjects, actions pertaining to . . . scripture and Spirit . . . . ]
And so, will hopefully pick up again tomorrow . . . fwiw, God bless........