Last night I cleaned out my coffeepot, ground some fresh beans and set all systems to go for this morning. When I stumbled out of my bedroom at 5:30 this a.m., the only thing left to do was push "on".
Once the coffeepot was readied, I turned my attention to pouring my bread ingredients into my bread maker. I ground the wheat berries in my grinder to produce a freshly ground whole wheat flour. After about five minutes of effort, I awakened this morning to this completed loaf.
Why would I go to this trouble the night before, when it seems so much more appealing to just rest and then work it all out the next morning?
For this sacred space of time:
There is nothing like waking up in the pre-dawn quiet hours to an open Bible and listening for the voice of God. My spirit is stilled in His presence, and there is nothing else to distract from His words.
After reading a chapter or so, I leave my Bible open on a counter, a table or another place where I can re-read the words again and again throughout the day. I pray about a verse or two from the reading that the Lord placed upon my heart for that moment, and I may write it on our dining chalkboard as well.
This evening, before going to bed at a decent hour, try doing a bit of prep work for the next morning.
I like to think of my time with the Lord as I would a date with my husband. I prepare my schedule by clearing it, ready my heart and create a calm environment. And then I listen as He speaks. I wouldn't trade these times for anything.
Here is a nugget from 1 Corinthians 4:1 God showed me this morning in our time together: "This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God."
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