I spend a lot of time in my car. Working downtown, it takes me 55 minutes to get from my garage to my desk. Sometimes it takes longer. When the kids are in school, it includes 30 minutes with them and 30-40 minutes alone. That’s a lot of time each way!
So, about two years ago, I started a quest to redeem that time for the glory of God! Especially the morning commute, which can really determine the trajectory of the day overall! As the saying goes, “The morning hours have gold in them!” But, you really have to try to find the gold if you’re like me! (I am a bit of a night owl and need to be left alone until about 10 am!)
Here are a few things that have helped us make use of the time when the kids are commuting:
- My children are ages four and eight, so we use that time to review spelling words and talk about what we will do after school.
- We pray together aloud. Continue reading
“Blessed is the day whose morning is sanctified. Successful is the day whose first victory is won in prayer. Holy is the day whose dawn finds thee on the top of the mount!” ~Joseph Parker
There’s no doubt about it. The early morning hours are vital to the rest of our day. On the very first day of history, God, in His unsurpassed and perfect creative mind, created the night and the day, evening and morning. He created the hours to our day, and He set them as different and saw them as good.
From the beginning, the morning has had a special place in our day. Like clockwork, morning comes around at the same time everyday, with an anointing over it. Just as Sunday is our day of rest that we wholly devote to the Lord, so is the first part of our days. As Priscilla Shirer calls these times, in “The Resolution for Women“, Sabbath Spaces (or 14 minutes of our day alone with Jesus). We often fail to realize the necessity of this time, because our days are so full until the very end as we try to squeeze out every bit of life in the twenty-four hours we have been given, that we can’t seem to wake up in the morning hours. We live from moment-to-moment, exhausted, drained, and without a boundary to rest and be refreshed.
Here are five (of countless) reasons why the morning is a universal time to be treasured & sanctified: (whether you are a night person or a morning person:)
1. There is nothing more humbling that awakening to the dawn & sunrise, and first thing telling the Lord “Good Morning!” Continue reading
God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! Lamentations 3:22 – 23, NIV
His mercies are created new every morning.
The end of my day feels like it is three lifetimes too long. The kind of day I’d delete if I could find a button for it.
Overwhelmed by all that’s transpired I am face-to-face with my own mess. I am significantly humbled by my efforts to power through today’s circumstances in my own strength. I painfully survey the complete fail I single-handedly created in the span of 24 hours.
Between my need for control and giving fear a place to stay in my heart, I arrive at the end of me. Night finds me wide-eyed, overwhelmed, and achingly restless.
And then God shows up in the waiting room of my despair. Forever faithful is He, even when I am not. This time He leads me on a long walk down the path once traveled by a prophet. Continue reading