My mornings look just like yours… only probably more chaotic. Big people and little people rolling out of bed and rolling their eyes. A frisky four-legged creature who thinks she’s a person requires attention. The red coffee pot gurgles and lets off steam. Frozen waffles are placed in the toaster oven and slathered with peanut butter. Last minute decisions on lunches demand furious sandwich making. Forgotten papers show up to be signed. Clothes carefully laid out the night before have lost their appeal in the morning light and force spontaneous fashion choices. And let’s not forget the attitudes. The attitude of I don’t want to get up, I didn’t sleep well and I am tired. Or the I can’t open my eyes because I stayed up too late. Or the just don’t bother me, I am not a morning person. And then there’s the I have a tight agenda this morning and I don’t need you to mess it up by asking questions.
Funny how mornings are something we deal with every day, and yet…they still come as a surprise.
I remember when I was in college and I was introduced to the word, “Quiet Time.” I didn’t really like it. The word… and the idea. You see, I am a person energized by people and the noise that people make. So, quiet time sounded like a punishment. On top of the intro to the word, “Quiet Time,” was the encouragement to have this said quiet time in the morning.
Since I am admitting a lot of things on this blog lately, I will admit to this: I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON. I have faced this morning thing almost 15,000 times in my life… and yet, it still has not found my favor.
But Jesus beckons…
I used to brush off the morning quiet time and say that it just wasn’t for me, and I found another time in the day to spend with Jesus. I rationalized my actions by telling others that God made me this way and HE knows that I am not a morning person. Why in the world would He want to spend time with a grump?
But Jesus invites…
This is not a ploy to get you non-morning people to join me in the dark thirty hour and hang out with Jesus. That is up to you. But I feel I must tell you what God has done in my life and the way He has changed me because I began bringing a sacrifice of praise to Him in the morning. And it is a sacrifice. I sacrifice my sleep. I sacrifice my desire to do nothing. I sacrifice my desire to be a moody non-morning person.
I’m asking GOD for one thing,
only one thing:
To live with him in his house
my whole life long.
I’ll contemplate his beauty;
I’ll study at his feet.
That’s the only quiet, secure place
in a noisy world,
The perfect getaway,
far from the buzz of traffic. Psalm 27: 4 -5 MSG
I have to wake up before the chaos begins. I choose to place my mind and heart before Him first thing instead of allowing my flesh to lead. I intentionally place Him on the throne of my life and ask Him, beg Him to give me His perspective, His presence, His peace, and His power. I desire to love like Him, live like Him, and even look like Him.
The time is not magical, but it is miraculous. Because something happens in those first few minutes (sometimes five, sometimes twenty-five) that prepares me to face the day. That something is a Someone. I invite Him to invade. Invade my thoughts, my decisions, my desires, my plans, my longings, my dreams, my hopes, my fears, my mindset. I cast off fear by ushering in His perfect love.
It is in those first few critical moments of my day that I remind myself that I am nothing and He is everything.
I don’t always get it right. I oversleep. I make bad choices. I yell. I pout. I forget. I fail. But, I am learning that His grace is always sufficient. Always.
Next week, I will talk more about what I do in that morning time… but for now, you might want to read this by my Hello Mornings friend, Heather or this free e-book from Kat at Inspired to Action or this blog post by my friend, Elisa, at More to Be. They all talk about their morning times with Jesus.
And then I also wrote a short and sweet devotional this week over at Keeping It Personal. It is on being “stilled” by God and it features Zephaniah 3:17.
I’ll be praying for you as we seek God together in the mornings. I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment and we’ll chat!
Living for ONE…
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