“God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.”
Just over nine years ago, I began doing morning devotions. For years, I half-heartedly tried to develop a consistent habit of morning devotions. It never quite happened because I didn’t stick with it.
Sunday mornings were the only time I interacted with God. I attended church and heard the word, but it was soon crowded out by the demands of work and family the rest of the week.
When I tried doing devotions at home, I would fall asleep or find it to be unenjoyable. If felt like more of an obligation than a blessing. Occasionally, I would stay focused for a few days or a week. Then I’d wander away again, neglecting prayer and study for weeks or months at a time.
There was always a reasonable excuse. That’s what I told myself anyway. I simply didn’t understand that it was a critical part of cultivating growth and joy in my life.
In 2011, my mornings were changed forever after my third child was born. He was just a few weeks old when I decided to buy a Kindle. That way, I could read with one hand while nursing him.
Once it arrived, I charged it up, downloaded some books, devotionals and the Bible (all either free or very low cost) and began reading. Before I knew it, I’d established the habit of daily devotions.
Since I was tethered to my infant son, feeding him at all hours, there were no excuses. This was especially true of the early mornings. I read to keep myself awake–Kindle in one hand, baby in the other. Months later, my son was weaned, but I was hooked on the habit of morning devotions.
For years, I had failed to place God first in this area. Evidence of it was clear in my life. I lacked patience, focus, wisdom, and grace when dealing with others. I had been spiritually anemic. My new strengthened me in my faith and awakened in me a deep hunger for more of His Word.
Nine years have passed. I am up early and make a beeline to my little prayer room with a cup of coffee by 5:30 daily to spend time with Jesus. It is part of the fabric of my life now.
I originally started out with five or ten minutes, but now spend nearly an hour in devotion, prayer and listening to Christian podcasts each morning. The most important change I see in myself is that I yearn for that time with the Lord. It’s fuel for my day.
Sometimes the scriptures from the morning resurface later in the day or week to serve as confirmation, correction, or encouragement to me in my own daily dealings. I think about what opportunities I would miss if I hadn’t spent the time with God.
At other times, the Lord enables me to use them as encouragement to others. God uses my obedience in reading His word to bless people, which is one of the amazing things about His economy.
Willfully choosing to be a “morning person” when it comes to spending time with God has transformed my life. By putting Him first, I invite Him to take Lordship over my life. He deserves it.
I encourage you to try it, even if only for a few minutes as you begin each new day. There’s no better way to begin a new day, connecting with God and being equipped to be used by Him in whatever the day brings.
This may mean sacrificing by going to bed earlier or giving up television or social media time. Compared to the fruit you’ll experience in your life, it’s well worth it.\
Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.