Thursday, December 17, 2009

proper perspective.

A quiet morning with a loving God puts the
events of the upcoming day into proper perspective.
-Janette Oke
I woke up late this morning. As a matter of fact, I've woken up late for the mornings. I really thought once we got back to normal time (after Daylight Savings and such) that I'd get back to my early morning quiet time routine. But for whatever reason...staying up too late? Being woken by Rosie kitty one too many times? Just plain tired?...I have not been getting up early to spend time with God before starting my day. I just wake up, hop out of bed and I'm off and running. Grab my coffee...pull out the makings of school lunches...start jotting things down on my daily list of what needs to be done...sip my coffee...sign papers for school...grab socks out of the dryer...turn on morning shows...send one kid out the door and run the other to, maybe...sip more coffee...get ready...feed animals...and go.
Next thing I know I am into my day full throttle and I haven't even really said as much as a "Good morning, God. Thank you for this day."....let alone taken the time to have a full-on quiet time with Him.
Not good. And it shows. Mornings like this lead to days full of stress and worry and strife. When I DO take the time to start my day with God things seem to go a lot smoother. I mean, the events are still the same...more than likely. But I am different. How I handle those events is different. My attitude is different...and more often than not, better.
Yes. I need to get back into the habit of quiet time with God first thing in the morning. I need to pray with His word...and write in my prayer journal. I need to give it ALL to Him...and follow His lead. It really is a matter of making it a a good way. It used to be I had plenty of room in my life for plenty of bad habits. Thankfully God has delivered me from so many of those habits...and has left me lots of room to replace them with good habits. Good habits like morning quiet times. It really is the only way to start the day with the "proper perspective".
Lord, please help me to get back into the habit of meeting with you each morning. Help me to wake up early...before everyone spend time with you. Just the two of us. I miss those times...and I miss You. Thank you God...Amen.


Talitha said...

Goodness, Michelle, you have a habit of making me cry... or maybe I'm just crying a lot lately. I do that when I'm stressed. God's little reminders are so perfect and so timely. Thank you for this... I definitely needed the reminder.

Hullabaloo Homestead said...

About a week or two after day light savings I was in order. After that I have really been having trouble getting into the swing of things too.

Anonymous said...

anything important must be done first. in my humble opinion.

Unknown said...

Mmmm... come January, I'm thinking I need to reset my entire body, including mind, spirit, and soul. Loose 10 pounds I picked up this year (yikes!), get back into routines, worship, and prayer.

Erin Wallace said...

I just want to tell you that you are such an inspiration to me. The lovely photos, the amazing reflections; your blog is as close to perfection as they get.

sarah said...

First thing in the morning is so true.. it is my quiet time and the start of my day with HIM. If I don't get that something is missing. Some days are so hard with life and how busy it can be. He has the appointment set and I mess it up... the wonderful thing about another day coming.. you can start all over fresh and new.

A Friend Across the Miles said...


Thanks for the reminder - I NEED it!


Nancy said...

So true, so true. Meet him first. A habit I need to return to as well. I'm going to get my Bible right now (it's early).

Blessings, dear friend.

Magnolia Handspun said...

Went walking with Sarah this morning and we were talking about how grateful we were to have had the opportunity to get to know you Michelle. Your blog, your words inspire.
...and we appreciate that and you.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Wren said...

You can say that again friend. That last little prayer is another one for the medicine cabinet... I am trying SO HARD to do the same, but failing right now. Too much on my plate. COME JAN 1 it's me and my Bible-page-a-day. I CANT WAIT>>> thank you.. : )