Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Time with my Father - Part I

Everyone has a morning routine. It’s what wakes the mind and soul, bringing the body out of slumber. First thoughts could be about work, family, health, spirituality and so on.

My first thoughts as I wipe sleep away are usually wondering what my Father will show me that day. I’ll lie in bed for a good 15-20 minutes savoring that time. Although experts are conflicted about when the mind absorbs the most, I believe the morning is prime time to experience all things new.

Scripture says, “…Each morning He awakens me eager to learn His teaching;” (Is 50:4 CEV).
And that has been the case for me.

However, be aware that God will use any method to grab your attention and let you know you’re on the correct path or need a change of course. It might be through His Word, affirmation of other believers, creative outlets such as art and song, or maybe it could be through rock climbing, and yes, even a donkey (Num 22:28) or a fish (Jonah 1:17).

Here’s the fun part. A friend of mine, Heather, wrote about her connection with God and numbers. Read about it here. Another girlfriend of mine, Amy, learned a bit about patience through one of her spiritual gifts - craftsmanship. Read hers here.

So what's mine?

It’s actually connected with the first thing I do every day. From where I lay, I reach up and pull the blinds open. Without fail, God always speaks to me in that moment. I cannot begin to describe to you the inexplicable beauty I see every morning. Yes, even on what most of us would call gloomy gray days because I know it is meant just for me. The majesty of what I see brings an immediate smile to my sleepy face. I will tell you about one particular morning at a later time.

For now I will leave you with this. God desires to speak to each one of us and because He made each one of us unique, His way of speaking to you will be equally unique. For me, I have to have my time of reading, reflection, and worship either outside or near a window. I know everything God makes is good and He consistently places that beauty along my path every day because He knows I need it. And it always brings me to a place of worship.

 30-33"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. (Matthew 6:30-33, The Message)

Find those moments on the path of your day to day walk. Breathe it in like air you need to survive. Feel Him speak to your heart and stir your soul. Worship Him for it. Your Father has laid it out for you, just you, uniquely you.


  1. I love reading your entries. God speaks through you so clearly, so beautifully...when I'm not sure about ANYTHING, I can read your blog and KNOW the only important thing...Father God.

  2. Whenever I read your posts it reminds me of how much I miss our time together. You have an amazing relationship with our Father and I love reading about it. I LOVE the fact that He desires a relationship with each of us and will use many different methods to reach out us. He is so AWESOME!

  3. Lisa A...wow, you are wonderfully made. Just like you enjoy the beauty our Creator provides us in nature, you too are beautiful...in your writing and your thoughts. Inspiring my friend...

  4. I love that picture of your morning:) Thanks for sharing what is uniquely yours and God's with us:*


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