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KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 reminds us to set a pattern of preparedness as we begin our day, so that we may be grounded in ke Akua.

Weekly devotional: A pattern of preparedness

July 1, 2022

Contributed by KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
Akā, e ʻoli aku au i kou mana: ʻO ia hoʻi, e hīmeni leo nui aku au i kou aloha i ke kakahiaka; No ka mea, he wahi malu aʻe nei ʻoe noʻu, He puʻuhonua i koʻu lā i pōpilikia ai. E koʻu Ikaika, iā ʻoe nō wau e mele aku ai: No ka mea, ʻo ke Akua nō koʻu wahi e malu ai, ʻo koʻu Akua aloha mai. – Na Halelū 59:16-17

But as for me, I will sing of Your strength; Yes, I will joyfully sing of Your faithfulness in the morning, For You have been my refuge And a place of refuge on the day of my distress. My strength, I will sing praises to You; For God is my refuge, the God who shows me favor. – Psalm 59:16-17

He manaʻo o ke kahu
Do you have a pattern in the morning- such as crawl/fall out of bed, stumble into the bathroom to brush your teeth and jump in the shower? My pattern is to turn on the TV to hear the morning news, brush my teeth, send out the daily devotional, pack my coffee and water, prep my lunch, and jump in the shower. In my stupor, I may gaze out the front east-facing window and see the beauty of a new day.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed that as your morning goes, so does your day? Give your day a great start by beginning with the right focus. Include in your pattern, a time of prayer. Give it to ke Akua. Pray for his guidance for what is to come, that his will be done. Denzel Washington shared his thought about his morning routine. He’ll climb out of bed and put his house slippers. The only thing is that the night before, he pushed his slippers under the bed so in order to reach them, he has to get down on his knees. And he figures that since he’s down there, he might as well as spend some time in prayer.

Once I’m in my office, I’ll check my emails. I subscribe to several daily devotionals which serves as a Bible study for me. It’s interesting that sometimes a similar thought might run through a number of the devotionals. As only God can do, at least one will speak to what is going on in my life. Let God’s word speak to you through his word and the voice of others. Nā Kahu truly appreciate it when readers share how these devotionals speak to you. As your day goes on, find refuge in God who shows you his favor. His presence is a comfort and an assurance that he will never leave us nor forsake. So, remember, as you begin your day, set a pattern of preparedness, that you may be grounded in ke Akua.

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