A week of quiet times...
So this picture has nothing to do with this post, but I thought it was really cute. That is Clara and Adele about 11 years ago. :-)
I thought I would share with you my experiences of developing and maintaining a quiet time in the morning. There is no direct command for us to get up at 5:30 in the morning and spend time in prayer, but there are many references in scripture to people making this a regular practice. Foremost is our Lord, but David and
Abraham also started days in fellowship with God. We are told we should dedicate the first of everything to God. I like to think that includes the time He has given us. Thus I try to be faithful in the discipline of a morning quiet time. Here is a typical example of a week of this morning exercise...
Sunday- Alarm goes off at 6:00. == "Dear Lord..." ZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Monday- Alarm goes off at 5:30. Walking around so I will stay awake. "Father, Thank you for another day... Brendan, what are you doing up? No you don't need coffee... Don;t wake your sis..."
Tuesday- Wake up 19 minutes before the alarm. SMH. "Okay God, I guess you're trying to tell me something." Pray for 30 minutes and study Exodus. SUCCESS!!!
Wednesday- Carrie - "Hey, weren't you supposed to be up an hour ago?"
Thursday- Alarm goes off at 5:30. Again walking around so I stay awake. "Lord teach me to pray..."
Friday- Alarm goes off at 5:30. Dachshund makes me spill my coffee on my devotional book. Clean up mess. 6:05 start praying. "God please forgive me for those things I said about the dog..."
Saturday- Alarm goes off at 6:00. "Father, thank you for another week of grace. I love this time we get to spend together."
Not every week goes so well, but we only have one option in following Christ, to trust in His grace daily. I pray today that you seek God's grace (undeserved favor) from the moment your alarm clock punches you in the proverbial gut.