There's no better way to start your day than with an inspirational message. No matter what you believe, whether it's God, another higher power, or just your own inner strength, it helps to stay focused by starting your day in prayer, or by reading.
For Christians, that includes reading passages from the Bible. It also includes listening to preachers read from the Bible and interpret how those passages apply to your life today.
Just in time for the new year is the Bible In One Year app for Android and iOS devices. It's one way to get a powerful message any time of day. The app features a daily message from married couple Pippa and Nicky Gumbel. He's the Vicar of the Holy Trinity Brompton Anglican church in London, and the author of books such as "The Jesus Lifestyle."
Each day, they write an in-depth inspirational message that's intended to get your day started right. On December 23, for instance, their message centered on "Hope Filled Words."
Nicky Gumbel writes about real-life, relatable events to get his message across. In this example, he talks about a man whose son died in a car crash. He tells the story, then recites passages from the Old Testament and the New Testament that explain how God and Jesus would handle life's most hopeless situations.