Good morning, and happy Monday!
There's no Weekend Lookbook today because I was sick over the holiday weekend, and I didn't think posting pictures of me reading the Divergent Series was very inspiring. Over the weekend, I didn't take some time to reflect on my morning routine.
Mornings are my favorite part of the day. I'm excited to go to bed at night just so I can wake up to a fresh day, sit quietly, read books, and drink coffee while the sun comes up full of possibility and creative energy.
My mornings follow a routine. Every morning Sunday wakes me up by cuddling up next to me. I crawl out of bed, change into my gym clothes, and take Sunday for a walk around the pool. When we come back in, I make my bed while the coffee pot brews filling my kitchen with it's divine aroma. When I hear the chirp signaling coffee is ready, I light my candle and sit down with a hot cup of coffee and a stack of books and read my devotional.
Devotionals are gateways into the word of God. When I first started reading the Bible in 2007, I didn't know where to start. The Bible is a couple thousand pages long, it took me a year (and a very disciplined schedule) to read cover to cover in 2011. The Bible can be overwhelming. Where do you start?
Do you open it up randomly and hope the spirit guides you to the right passage for what you're going through today?
Do you start a the beginning?
The beginning of the new testament?
Or maybe with John 3:16...For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believed in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
This is where devotionals can give us starting points. Many devotionals are 365 books with a page for each day of the year. So if you know what day it is, you know where to start. They provide verses from the scriptures along with a short writing to help us apply it to our own lives. I like to pick out a new devotional for each year, but I could easily read Sarah Young's Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence every year. This year, I'm reading Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions by Billy Graham and I've got Hearing from God Each Morning: 365 Daily Devotions by Joyce Meyer on deck for next year.
If there's time after I finish reading my Bible and journaling, I usually peruse my favorite blogs. The other morning one of my favorite bloggers, Stefanie Sterjovski, posted this video and I found myself convicted of the way I've been reading God's word.
Lately, I've been treating my time with the Lord as something to check off my to-do list so I can rush off to write a blog post, read this month's issue of Vanity Fair (which serves as my newspaper), or catch up on e-mail. There's so much great content available to us to read and learn from, and use as inspiration, and it feels like there's never enough time in the morning to take it all in.
I'm a reader with a long list of books, blogs, and magazines on my to-read list. Sometimes the Bible and my devotional can just feel like another book on my list instead of the living, breathing word of God.
If you're like me and you catch yourself treating God as something to cross off your to-do list, let's remind ourselves the Bible isn't a quick pep-talk to help get us through the day. Opening the pages of the Bible is an opportunity to have a conversation with God.
We're ignoring the vast story of what's it all about. Come at the scriptures as a place to meet with Jesus. To know and be known, to read, listen, pray, and open up your life to the God who spoke in the text and speaks in the Spirit, and let it become a place where every single day you meet with God. (John Mark Comer)
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