the magic of morning

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The morning shows up right outside my window. I get up in the dark and all I see is me in that window, reflected back, tired. And then slow morning comes right on time like a dream, a whisper. And I can’t see me in the glass anymore. Light does his work there – takes away our tired reflections, opens up the way, shows us the rocking chair and the tree line and the sky.

I need morning today. I need to wrap the light around me like a shimmery cloak and wear it to the grocery store. I need the new fresh squeezed orange juice mercies; to stand up and stretch and shake off the sleepy, tired ways of the last few weeks. I need morning to come up beside me, take me by the hand, and lead me down the quiet path of joy. I need a year of mornings.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  -Lamentations 3:22-23

What do you need today?


  1. Kelly says

    Emily your post today is beautiful. Like the Kelly above me said, I too like it when you write about just being. Isn’t it wonderful how the morning sends the darkness on its way?
    I am loving our sunshiney-bright-with-hope morning here today. The only need I have for the day is safety for my family returning home from NC.

  2. says

    I love mornings too, Emily, once I get out of the bed! It’s just that initial “aww, do I HAVE to get up?” that gets me! But once I am up, see the light beginning to come through the windows, smell the coffee and I am lovingly greeted by my little doggie, I love mornings, because it is a time that, no matter how yesterday went, because of Him, I CAN begin again!
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  3. says

    I absolutely needed this post this morning–I feel same way.

    Mornings are my favorite–that newness that comes after a long and dark night in which we can find hope for a chance to begin again.

    It’s a beautiful morning in eastern NC! :)

  4. says

    you named it so well for me today. morning. and i got it because we’re out of school for president’s day. i got 1.5 hours of quiet. and coffee. and scripture. and writing. and now i can vacuum!
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  5. Donna Bivins says

    Early morning is my favorite time of the day. I love sitting in the darkness with the Lord, mentally preparing for the day and waiting for the first light of morning.

    My need today? Assurance. Of His love, His promises, and that I am right where I should be.

  6. says

    I love your words today, Emily. (Actually, every day, but particularly today.)
    I, too, need a year of mornings and the shimmery cloak of light wrapped around me.
    I am so grateful for the morning, the fresh start, even if I’m grumpy getting of bed!

  7. says

    HI Emily I’m so glad I found your blog. I LOVE it!. I’ve recently become a follower. I’m new to blogging and have been looking for a site like yours. My passion is writing and you touch on many of the feelings that go along with being a writer. Thanks.
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  8. Kirsten Victor says

    At night I often can’t wait ’til early morning, when I may be the only one awake. Then I enjoy seeing the sun lighting the vistas. But, at night, I’m also always hoping for an uninterrupted sleep ’til then!

  9. says

    I need hope. I’ve had a few revelations these last couple of weeks and I realized that although I was tongue-in-cheek stating it, when I declared a few years back that I was giving up Hope because it hurt more than it felt it was worth, I truly did give it up. And that has had some ramifications I didn’t realize were going to happen. So, I need some hope back.
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  10. says

    “Light does his work there – takes away our tired reflections”…you too? And what I need you said it: “I need the new fresh squeezed orange juice mercies; to stand up and stretch and shake off the sleepy, tired ways of the last few weeks.” Thank God for how He speaks to us through others….He knew just what I needed and you hit the bull’s eye. Thanks Emily.
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  11. says

    my life exists in a way so that i rarely see the mornings. but His light is already shining and ready for me when I’m ready to sit up and start. my favorite time is in the early morning hours when I’m trying hard to fall asleep, when the rest of the world has met its slumber and I know that – for me – is God is waiting there awake.
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  12. says

    I too, need and love the magic of morning. Beautiful post, Emily, that so speaks to my soul! I love the dark quiet of my house in the early morning when it’s just me (usually) awake and I get to enjoy watching and hearing my household wake up. Love this post!

  13. says

    So sweet Emily. These verses and the hymn ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ have great meaning for me. The hymn is a family hymn and the verses have come with it…so precious and priceless this reality–to know and breathe it in deeply. My husband and I recited these verses back to one another on our wedding day and I am so blessed as they have really sung over our marriage and all that He has done in this journey…

    many, many mornings and blessings to you in these days:)

    (p.s. I really need to/want to/everything has been calling me to embrace these mornings literally…oh dear, such a sticking point, but there’s so much waiting I know:)
    Abby´s last blog post ..Sweet Interlude

  14. amy says

    Emily, this thoroughly embraced my heart this morning. I need to read it a few more times and let the beauty of these words and the wonderful images they create sink deep. I too need mornings. That is why I get up at 6am, to be enveloped by them, although I never saw it this way before. Thankyou!!!! :)

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