I'm not a morning person. Not even sort of. My family wouldn't even try to talk to me in the mornings when I was growing up. Give me 30 minutes to an hour and I'm great. But every little thing before that moment just irritates me so bad. I don't know why. On top of that I always stay up reading so I'm always exhausted and could easily press snooze for an hour every morning.
However, after I got married I knew if I wanted to consistently spend time with the Lord alone in prayer, journaling and reading the Bible or whatever else I came up with to connect with God, it would have to happen in the morning.
A sweet mentor and friend recommended coffee. I hated coffee, but I genuinely love spending time with Jesus and hated how my consistency with Him was wobbling. So I gave coffee another try and found my way into loving it.
So now each morning I get out of bed and make a cup of coffee, grab a throw blanket, my journal and my Bible and head to the couch. I love that time. It is the most peaceful moment of my day. I love processing things with the Lord as I write. I love reading His Word and seeing how something written so long ago can speak directly to me now. I love the conviction it brings. I love the encouragement I get. I love the instruction I receive.
There have been so many days where I didn't have warm fuzzies. Where my heart was aching over whatever was going on in my life at the time. But coming to that place and making Him a first priority for me, changed my focus. It made the hurts sting less. And it made me notice the joys and blessings along the way.
What are your mornings like? Or do you have another time you refocus?
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