(I wrote this a few days ago.)
The Olympic Games begin this evening in our city, and for us, a far better, bigger thing begins this morning- right now- in our home. Yesterday a good guy passed a word onto my husband that was spoken to a dear friend of ours, E. “Someone told him, pray for an hour a day and your life will be changed.” We had talked about a plan like this for our days recently- getting up early-real early, but we’ve been horribly sick the first few days of these intentions.... Lord, meet with us now! For far too long we’ve rushed through our “devos” as if we really only have such a slim amount of time to ever spend on the Lord. Forgive us, God. How sad... withholding from ourselves the pleasure of meeting with God and dwelling with him, lingering with him for enough time to make it matter. Meet with us now, Lord, in your mercy. Change us Lord, for your great glory, for our great good.
I can already see that soon this little-more-than-an-hour is going to feel way too short. Come Lord Jesus!
And now today.... I will add:
This is a good, sweet plan for us. Hard, but good... excellent and needful. Some mornings are harder than others to just GET UP, but always this is the most worthwhile time. It has been an enormous blessing for me to have a head start on the day before our kids are up. Having a solid chunk of time instead of a rushed panicky time for devotions, instead of racing to squeeze in a "quiet time" before our early birds start chirping, my heart can start the day with so much more peace than I ever have otherwise. And isn't that who he is for us anyway? "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)