**Disclaimer: The following posts are lessons, tips, tricks, or just things I have noticed since moving to Nashville. I make no promises that this information will be relevant to you at all. In fact, some of the lessons are downright ridiculous. But maybe, just maybe we’ll learn something together.
I am not a morning person. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
Sure there have been ‘seasons where I rose early, perhaps went for a jog, sat down in my breakfast nook with a cup of coffee and the newspaper, took a long, leisurely time getting ready for the day.
Ok that’s a lie.
The closest I have come to that is the week after I got back from Kenya and I sat up at 7 on the dot every morning wide awake and ready to roar. So I would walk down to starbucks with my Bible, spend some precious hours praying and thinking and writing.
But that faded as quickly as the jet lag.
And so here I am. A night owl trapped in the body of an adult stuck in a world where the morning really matters. I used to get away with it when I did all freelancing because my hours were my own. I could gloriously be inspired at 1 AM and work until 4, snoozle until 11 or noon and do it all again. Oh how I miss those days. But nowadays I work real jobs, with mostly-real hours and that means I have to come face to face with the mornings and conquer them.
So when I came across these quotes by Oswald Chambers about the morning and spending time with God, I did that cartoon audible ‘gulp’ that the characters do when they know they’re busted.
“If you have ever prayed in the dawn you will ask yourself why you were so foolish as not to do it always: it is difficult to get into communion with God in the midst of the hurly-burly of the day.”
“It is by no haphazard chance that in every age men have risen early to pray. The first thing that marks decline in spiritual life is our relationship to the early morning.”
“Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless in the first waking moment of the day you learn to fling the door wide back and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day; but swing the door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every public thing will be stamped with the presence of God.“
Aaaaand he sold me on this last one. ‘Fling the door wide back and let God in’? Love that.
And of course I’m not advocating that the only real time to spend with God is in the morning, but for me, right now, this lesson was huge.
What I’m going to do to wrap my life around it? Pending.