Every morning when we wake up, before we even get out of bed, we decide to push snooze (or not), check our social media accounts (or not) and decide if today is going to be a good day (or not).
Today I chose to get out of bed before my 10 month old and have some God time. I didn’t snooze, I didn’t check my phone first thing and I decided to be proactive to making this a good day. I wish I could say that every morning this is what I chose. Most mornings I’m woken to a crying baby, and I struggle to start coffee at the same time I’m warming a bottle. I have immediate irritation and impatience for a small human who demands my attention now. This is an often start to my morning and from speaking with several other moms, I’m not alone.
But today is different. I got out of bed 2 hours earlier than normal, and I sat with my Lord. I read His word and my soul was refreshed. I prayed over my son and my husband (and my dog 🙂 ). I prayed for my sins, my struggles, my worries and even some enemies. My heart is clean, and it is changed all before I finished my cup of coffee. As a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend I know we don’t feel we always have the time to sacrifice a 30 minute time slot. But we must. We must sacrifice sleep, social media, even a hobby to sit and be still. Time with our Lord cleanses our hearts, souls and minds. It strengthens us. After my prayer time, I am ready to conquer and take on the day. I can only pour out to my husband, my son, to others if I am filled. Pouring from an empty soul is like a gas tank running on empty. Soon the car will give up and quit.
We are called to give our first to the Lord. The first of our money and our time. It IS the Lord’s by the way. Its HIS money and HIS time really. We are giving it back to Him. Its a form of praise and thanksgiving for what He has give us.
Even as a working mother I tried to start each day in praise for Him. It seemed that many days there was no time to carve out. Sacrifice of sleep could mean detriment to my health and my attitude. But what I have found was cutting out prayer and time with our Mighty God was the detriment to my health and my attitude. “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 The Lord and my family deserves my first and my uninterrupted focus to the Almighty.