I love sitting in my kitchen in the morning looking out my windows into my backyard. My kitchen is my hub....my center....my peaceful place. I especially like it early in the morning because it is quiet. It is still. There is no clutter yet, no noise yet, no activity yet. I am able to sit here, pray, reflect, and write and be in the presence of my amazing Lord. I am able to see Him all around me, in every living thing out my window, to even the family pictures up on my wall. I am able to sit and be with Him, breath and WAIT to HEAR what He has to share with me for today. Whether it is what to share with all of you or how I should discuss a topic with my hubby or even how to approach my chores for the week. I love it.
I think that is why I get restless when anyone else gets up too early or starts making noise (tv, etc) around me early in the morning. I think it is also why I feel compelled to get up earlier than everyone else.
Because I KNOW if I don't spend my first moments with God in this place, this position, I will NOT be able to be who HE designed me to be:
loving, caring, giving, kind, courageous, generous, patient, merciful.
You might be wondering why I don't just pick another room for peace and quiet when others are up...I could....I have....but there is something about this exact spot I am sitting right now that allows me to see, hear, feel HIS presence in such a way that I can't explain.....
I have had to learn how to balance my early mornings over the years. I remember one year my dear hubby wanted to get up at the same time I did so we could alternate going to the gym when we had a membership. That was hard but I realized I was able to adjust and just rethink my morning routine. God provided for me the right window of time for me to be with HIM still in the morning.
Over the years I have learned to become flexible with the seasons of life and with my hubbies schedule. I may still react not as great as I would like initially to a change but I am able to rebound and take it to Him quicker. He always provides an answer.
This last year my adrenal fatigue has been good and bad. I have had to really learn to be flexible and adjust to how I spend my first waking moments with God. Again He has helped me make it work.
This last week has been a beautiful example. After visiting with my nutrition coach a few weeks ago and realizing I was still not giving myself sufficient sleep to heal, I decided I would not set an alarm anymore. I would be diligent in getting to bed between 8:30-9:30 and sleep for at-least 9 hours.
I was trying not to freak and wonder "When am I going to get my time with God!?!" But before I could even freak....I took it straight to HIM and He truly took care of it. Since I have been respectful of my bodies needs and getting to sleep when I should each night He has ensured I get up rested and ready to do His work, to be with Him. You see when you put Him first, especially for your day....He provides with abundance....overflowing.
Some mornings I don't have as much lingering time as I would like but every morning I do receive exactly as much time as He needs me to have so I can HEAR all HE has to put upon my heart for the day.....and that is all I need!
Do you find yourself scrounging for time in your day?
Feeling overwhelmed for time?
Do you take time for God?
Take it to HIM first each day and you will be amazed how much more you get done each day......trust me! Or don't believe me just try it yourself and you will see :)!!!!
PS....The book for today (pictured above) is one I purchased on my nook YEARS ago....I love love love it! Because even when I have my least amount of time in the morning I can rely on it to give me exactly what I need. And the funny thing is I may not be consistent with using it every morning, but when I happen to be between other devotionals or I am out and about or traveling.....it is there and it has ALWAYS BEEN EXACTLY THE MESSAGE I NEEDED AT THAT MOMENT!!!