My favorite mornings start with Scripture. When my alarm goes off, I switch on the lamp, grab my phone and launch the First5 app while my eyes adjust to the light. This engaging 5-minute devotion has helped me develop a habit of honoring Him with my first moments of the day.
When my focus is on Him, there is order in my world. No matter the chaos of the day, I experience more clarity and calmness. Decisions, ideas and interactions come more easily. It’s totally a God thing.
Unfortunately, my mornings don’t all start with praise.
Instead, I hit the snooze multiple times because I stayed up too late. Or I jump out of bed completely focused on my to do list, not His. If I’m in a bad mood come nightfall, it’s a guarantee that I didn’t pause for prayer in the morning or, just as likely, I prayed but then looked to myself for answers when the trials came.
Francesca Battistelli had it right. “When the crazy kicks in, a circus of distractions is just about to happen.” Even though I am happiest when we are in relationship, I lose sight of what’s really important. I get lazy. I make excuses. And I get selfish. One day leads to two, and days later, I realize I’ve wandered off His path of peace.
This morning was quiet and I had every opportunity to start it my favorite way. I just didn’t do it.
I did things that were nice, but not necessary.
The Holy Spirit used this blog post to remind me what I should have already known. That I needed to re-set my day and start over. With Him.
So I did.