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Giving Thanks – Ephesians 1:16-17

Ephesians 1: 16-17

I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

Devotionals

As I read through this several things stand out to me. One is that God is thankful for us. Granted Paul is the author of this book but the bible is also God’s love letter to us.  Keeping with the idea that Paul was the author I also took note of somethings about Paul’s behavior. He was prayerful, thankful, and used prayer to express his gratitude to God.  Paul also used prayer to request wisdom and revelation for those he was thankful for.

These observations led me to some personal revelations, revelations that I pray will bring a greater peace, contentment, and thankfulness to my life. Daily I need to remember to thank God for my family, friends, home, garden, animals, the sunshine, and the rain. Expanding on that idea even just a little further I am going to start a gratitude journal. The beauty of such journal is that is looks differently for different people, but I highly recommend everyone start one. I also need to actively pray for those I love to be drawn closer to God.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for loving me. Seeking me and never giving up on me. Help me to see everyone in my life the way you do. As I pray for those around me to have wisdom, revelation, and a closer walk with you so then may I grow in those areas too. 
In your name I pray,
Amen

Journey to Enjoying the Wee Morning Hours

My Sunshine Wind Chimes. It would be lovely to drink coffee and sit on the porch and listen to these early in the mornings.

My Sunshine Wind Chimes. It would be lovely to drink coffee and sit on the porch and listen to these early in the mornings.

Recently, I have read a great deal about the benefits and blessing to rising early in the morning. By early I mean starting the day before my kids wake up. I have read that there would be great merit to starting my morning as little as fifteen minutes earlier. In fifteen minutes I could stretch, pray, read a devotional, start coffee, listen to the bible as I start breakfast, or I could just relish an uninterrupted shower.

The fact of the matter is the Bible has a great deal to say on this subject. In Psalm 5:3 the psalmist writes, “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”  Later on in Psalms you read, “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. (Psalm 90:14)” In Mark 1:35 you see even Jesus waking early to spend the time in prayer. My only conclusion from these verses is that this must be a sweet time to spend with the Lord.

I imagine, I would have a better chance at starting my days off on the right foot, if I have enjoyed some quiet moments with my maker. I could share my hopes for the day with him and lay my concerns down at his feet. I could find encouragement in his word. I could enjoy the silence of my home, coupled with the hope of a new day. I might even be able to find an extra dose of patience for the kid’s antics.

Instead, now I am dragging my tush out of bed after the big girls have woke me. Most days this leaves me feeling stuck behind the eight ball, constantly trying to catch up. You could argue well, “Sara, you have a good excuse, at the moment. You have a breastfeeding infant in the house.” While it is true I do, I don’t want to use Madelyn as an excuse. The truth is I am not particularly a morning person. This is going to be a discipline I have to develop.

The only major road block I have, aside from my distaste for early mornings, is the kids. I know I can train myself to wake up 20-30 minutes before them. In fact, I have done this several times in the past. Every time I have accomplished this in the past, though, they turn around and start waking up even earlier then they had been.

So that is where I am at in my journey to enjoying the wee morning hours and starting the day with my family off right. (I think part of that must start with going to bed sooner.)

***Are you an early bird or a night owl? If you are a night owl do you ever feel the pull to join the early birds? If you are a converted night owl, how did you overcome your desire to be up late? And finally, any suggestions on dealing with little girls who like to push their wake up time earlier and earlier?***