I need to vent a little…Do you mind if I use this space today to admit how tired I am right now? This happens every time I don’t obey and follow God, I run ahead and out of breath shout, “I beat you!” only to realize the only thing I’ve gained by running at too fast a pace are shin splints and a sink full of dishes.
He has been telling me to get up earlier in the mornings. When He “tells” me something, it’s not audible, it’s more of a whispering into my spirit, but He can sure get His point across loudly in a whisper.
So I have been disobeying. If you know me at all, you know I am NOT a morning person. The snooze button on my alarm and I are best buddies. Since I’ve been experiencing Him in such vivid ways through prayer I knew I needed to recruit some accountability partners to help me pray about getting up early. My 7 year old daughter Caroline was one of them. She is the queen of accountability. J So we prayed before bed about my sin and that I would obey and wake earlier. I told her I had sinned that morning by not obeying and it made my whole day much more hectic than necessary. I tried to squish in my chores and appointments instead of enjoying them at God’s pace He was setting for me. And I most definitely missed out on some “divine appointments” He had scheduled for me because I was so crazy trying to get in what I had planned.
Well, you know the saying “Be careful what you wish for?” The night we prayed God had me out of bed at 2:00am wide awake and raring to go. Oh my. I kept hearing that phrase in my head, “Go where wisdom gathers, not where wisdom scatters” from Lysa TerKeurst’s newest book, “TheBest Yes.” So I realized God wanted me to write my post about that phrase yesterday. Yes, sir. At 2:00am. I did it, posted it, went back to bed and slept.
First thing Caroline asked when she woke up was if God helped me get up early. Why, yes He did, sweet daughter. She laughed so hard when I told her what God did, and I have a feeling God was laughing with her. He just loves to make a point.
I plan on waking up at a respectable, early-for-me, hour tomorrow and I know He will bless my effort. And since I’m now telling you all about this, I’ll have a LOT more accountability partners! Yikes! :)
“The decisions you make determine the schedule you keep. The schedule you keep determines the life you live. And how you live your life determines how you spend your soul.”
(The Best Yes by Lisa TerKerurst, pg 28.)
How is your schedule feeling to you? Is there room for divine appointments? What tiny "move" can you make in your schedule to open up time for some "soul space?"
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21