I discovered this quote a few months ago, was convicted when I read it, and am convicted still. So, I am asking the Lord to turn my conviction into ACTION. Starting tomorrow, I am going to rise early, talk to the Lord, read His Word, and begin my day.
This may seem like a simple or stupid goal to many, but friends, I really, really, r e a l l y like my pillow. Especially in the morning. As much as I enjoy the peaceful quiet of the early hours of the day, and am awed by the beauty of a sunrise, both my flesh and my spirit refuse to partake. Forcing my body to rise before it wants to is a "death to self" moment, and a discipline I sorely need.
And, while reading the Bible and praying in the morning is a biblical model, not a command, I am feeling an urgency to begin my day with Scripture rather than end with it. With the many needs of my household and my children, the Lord is making it abundantly clear that when I am not suited up in my Ephesians 6 gear before I engage in my day, I am choosing to fail. Soldiers do not win battles wearing pajamas and wielding pillows!
It's time for me to cast off my civilian laziness, suit up in full battle gear, and engage in the daily battles of life with passion and purpose. The General of the enemy continuously roams about seeking to devour and destroy me, so there is no time for dilly-dallying or distraction. If I am to "keep alert with all perseverance" (Ephesian 6:18) then I need to start my day with a clear mind and a body ready to fight rather than staggering out of my bedroom in bare feet and tousled hair.
Lord, You know how hard this is for me. Help me fight my flesh - every morning - so I can be prepared before the needs and the trials of the day are able to present themselves. I am tired of being one, two, or twenty-seven steps behind, Lord. I want to be rested and ready for whatever the day will bring, but I cannot do it with You. Because You invite us to approach the throne boldly, I ask with the simplicity and honesty of a child, "Help me not be lazy, and - make me get out of bed!" I ask in Your name, Amen.
"A quiet hour spent alone with God at the beginning of the day, is the best beginning for the toils and cares of the day. A brief season of prayer, looking to God for wisdom and grace and strength, and seeking the assistance of the Holy Spirit - helps us to carry our religion into all of the events of the day. It brings joy and peace within the heart.
And as we place all our concerns in the care and keeping of the Lord, faithfully striving to do His will - we have a joyful trust that however dark or discouraging events may appear - our Father's hand is guiding everything, and will give the wisest direction to all our toils."
"In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation." Psalm 5:3
"Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul." Psalm 143:8 - Thoughts for the Quiet Hour