Give me a word, Lord: SUNRISE, COFFEE, AND JESUS

Psalm 119:32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

2 Samuel 22:33-34 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.

Hebrews 12:1 Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

I guess you could say I’m a morning person…some days more than others. There is always a lot to do around here, and we want to beat the heat of the day, but that old bed can feel good! I usually roll out of bed by 5:00 am, but on Saturdays, I may stay in bed until after 6:00. I make a list in my head of all the things I need to accomplish during day, but first I have to make time for God.

It’s so easy to get busy around here the second our eyes open. There is always, always something to do, and there is not a lot of down time at Hodge Lodge. It would be easy for me to not have quiet time with God, but it wouldn’t be rewarding.
I have to get up a little earlier and make myself prioritize my time to include studying God’s word and spending quiet time with Him everyday. It’s not a chore. It’s not a thing on my checklist. It’s something that I feel like I need to do, and it’s something that I want to do. When I spend time in the Word, reflecting on Christ, and speaking quietly with Him, the whole day is just better. It is important for my spiritual well being to sit down with at sunrise with my coffee and my God.

We are all busy. Society says go, go, go. It is like we are in the middle of a never ending race to an unseen finish line. Well, I don’t know about you, but my finish line looks like beautiful pearly gates! I pray that yours does too. If I am to run this race in life well, I need to train. In sports, athletes train hard. They study the rule books, work out, study the plays, learn from their coach, and train for upcoming events because they want to win. We are all racing to our eternal finish line daily. Shouldn’t we train too? Shouldn’t we stay in the Word of God and spend time reflecting on the Word and quietly speaking to our Father? Yes and yes! I’m running to Christ and those pearly gates of heaven. I’ve already won this race in life the minute I asked Christ into my heart so I can just stop training, right? No. Knowing Christ personally just makes me want to train harder. I want to get to know my Father better. I want to walk (or mostly run) in His ways. I want to be sure that I am on the right path. I crave the encouragement, grace, and mercy that I can only receive from Him. I want to run the race well. So I will keep training. I will continue to drink coffee with God at sunrise because I need God the first thing every morning and all day long! Find a time that works best for you and set that time aside daily to spend time with God. You won’t regret it! It is one habit I truly recommend!

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