The past few weeks I've fallen in love with quiet time. Honestly... I've never been good about making intentional time to be with the Lord and read my Bible, except for spotty weeks here and there, and never has it been the first thing I do in the morning. I go to bed now excited that I get to wake up, make a cup of coffee and sit on my couch for thirty minutes to an hour with Phoebe. It's definitely not easy to get up at 5AM but I began praying that the Lord would make Himself my desire first thing in the morning... and ask and you shall receive. This morning I even woke up at 4AM dreaming about a Bible verse that talked about the ocean. I had to make myself sleep longer. WHAT.
The most special thing that's happened for me during my quiet time is that I feel waves and waves of peace come over me. I have so many questions, and I feel like this is the perfect place to bring them. First thing in the morning, I get to lay all my cards out on the table, ask my questions, then shift my thoughts to praying for others – instead of starting off my day thinking about my own personal to-do list. It has been so wonderfully freeing (like every other thing God has been teaching me this past year!). My heart is being made new every day by a God that delights in me, knows all one billion of my weaknesses, and desires to fill those weaknesses with Himself. Yes, Lord.
If you get the chance on Monday, I encourage you to get up fifteen minutes earlier than usual to just sit. On the couch. Out on your porch. Upright in your bed. You don't even have to say anything... just listen. Cup of coffee in one hand, palm up in the other. And take in your peace for the day ahead. I promise you won't regret it.
+ some links for your weekend:
- Still my favorite cards, all-around.
- Playing this on repeat.
- A gorgeous laptop sleeve.
- J. Crew Factory is 30% off – this looks especially cozy.
- My favorite hymn... is it yours, too?
- Also, I wanting to go to the IF:Gathering next February in Austin (though I'm down to watch in someone's home here as well!). Anyone reading know if they're going or hosting? Registration opens September 30th, and last year it sold out in 45 minutes!
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