I have decided that my mornings are too sludgy. You know the feeling when you just can’t pull yourself out of bed after hitting snooze for the 4th time. I have had a problem with this all of my life since I was born a true night owl. I have flipped the leaf over though and have started having my morning coffee on the deck in quiet time with God – reading my Bible, praying and just enjoying the fresh air. It is a great way to start the day! To be honest though, I started doing the early riser thing because we have a new puppy named Kipper who forces me to go outside at the crack of dawn for nature’s call. It wasn’t my inner calling for quiet time that led me to dawn devotions but it has turned out to be a blessing. There has been one problem with this. I usually leave the puppy on the deck with me during this time “alone”. I start out with prayer…..”Dear Lord, thank you for…… (Kipper, don’t bite!) my family and for (ouch – get down)….thank you for forgiveness (don’t bark at the neighbor dogs) and please help me with….okay this isn’t working I will read the Bible instead….Chapter 1 verse 6…..(Kipper, you just bit a hole in Proverbs!) okay go get your ball”. Thus begins a tragic unraveling of my quiet time to find peace and balance ending with a game of fetch literally and mentally.
I now realize how many things distract me from having peace. The world is like Kipper, demanding my attention. If I am tired, I am busy, or I am on one of my “techie” devices, my time to renew is the first thing to go out the window. I have to wrestle my thoughts to submission just to be still and it isn’t until then that I realize how much I need it. This takes practice and repetition just like physical exercise. Busy has been my “normal” for too long. Some days it is so hard to get my brain to slow down and be at peace for even a short amount of time. This leads to defeat, feeling that this contentment is not possible. The world wins. The world around us is trying to distract us and get our attention but the payoff for us personally isn’t attractive or fulfilling. We usually suffer a depletion of balance and our spiritual tank becomes empty. Spending time in peaceful thought or prayer, even if it’s for a short time, will renew your mind, help restore balance, and make your day go better whether it’s on the deck in the morning or before bed at night. Ask God to help you find this time. He will help make it happen. What I have learned from experience: Have your quiet time first – then love up that puppy! (Don’t chew on the deck furniture Kipper).
Psalm 46:He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”