18 January 2016

Your presence is water - Week 3

4:25 AM

This week started with a worship song by Anthony J. Brown and Group Therapy that set the atmosphere for my week. The song says "Your presence is water" and when you really grasp the magnitude of His presence it makes seeking Him and knowing Him through His word all that more vital. Without water, our physical bodies will literally shut down and die. Without His presence, our spiritual lives will shut down and die.  I entered this week with a desperation to be in His presence. 

Isaiah 43:18-19 • Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! 

John 4:14 • but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

Proverbs 11:24-25 • The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blessed others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. 

Hosea 12:4 • He struggled with God. He struggled with the Angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favor. 

Jeremiah 29:11 • For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

James 5:16 • Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

10 January 2016

His Word is my lamp - Week 2

5:27 PM

This week's verses:

Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. • Matthew 6:18

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. • 2 Chronicles 7:14

I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth. • 3 John 4

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting. • James 1:6

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion. • Phillipians 1:6

He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer. • 1 Peter 3:11-12

I will remember my covenant between me and you. • Genesis 9:15

They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to pray. • Acts 2:42

Be strong in the grace that is Christ Jesus. • 2 Timothy 2:1

09 January 2016

Morning Routine

5:57 PM

I am addicted to my cell phone.  It is true and the first step is to admit it, right?

From sun up to sun down, the wee hours of the morning and late at night, I'm attached to checking something on my phone.

Perhaps it's the 22 voicemails or the 58,000 emails sitting in four email accounts.  Maybe it's the 99 unplayed podcasts or the constant stream of Facebook alerts and unread messages.  Maybe just the constant flow of information. I don't know, but I'm addicted.

Since September when we moved to the new house I've been trying to be extremely intentional about creating a sanctuary space in my home.  I've shaped my space where I don't have a tv in my room, I don't allow any work to be done in there, and I try to avoid bringing things in there that add chatter and noise to the space.  It is truly my place to relax, recharge, and retire.

Except for my phone.

In my efforts to be intentional, I've been trying to not sleep with my phone on my bed.  I try to make sure I set it on the nightstand.  However, I am still aware that I check it quite regularly.

My morning #coffeewithChrist time has been important to me for a long time.  I've always set my alarm at 5:30 to give myself time to spend in His presence and to start my day in peace.  However, my alarm is set on my phone so in waking, I see all the messages and alerts that have come in during the night.  The woo of all that information can sometimes win.  

Last year I wasn't so good about turning down the noise.  I wasted way too much time scrolling Facebook and Instagram.  In the past several months I've entered into a season of asking God some really big prayers and the thing I've been telling myself is that "no one on Facebook can give me what I'm asking for. I need God, not them".  It's true.

A few months ago I heard a wellness tip on the podcast Friend Zone and Fran suggested that you wake up, go through your morning routine, all without checking your phone.  I think about it every morning when I go to grab my phone.  I haven't quite been successful just yet.

It's so important though. I've read numerous articles with titles like "What successful women's morning routines look like" and "what successful women do before you wake up".  I think I'm pretty good but I must admit I let myself off the hook a bit much.

So this year I've really been trying to be intentional about setting down my phone. Everything I need is right here in front of me.  I want to enjoy my mornings not lose them do the chatter of my newsfeed.  I want to spend more time praying my big prayers to the God who can answer them, not idolizing the public lives of others on social media.  I want to enjoy my son's presence fully and the presence of anyone in my company at the time. I want to be present.

I am fortunate, so fortunate, to have an amazing prayer room space where I go. Some mornings I sit there and  I don't want to leave.  I open my Bible, ask God what He is trying to say to me, I write scriptures down, journal, pray, check my calendar for the day, plan, commit my plans to the Lord and when I leave that space I feel like a new woman.  It sounds perfect but sometimes those commas are filled with a quick scroll on Facebook, the desire to post a picture or respond to a text. Not perfect but I'm trying.

My morning routine is becoming vital to how I go out into the world.  What about you? What's your sacred morning routine?

04 January 2016

03 January 2016

Filling my thoughts with His thoughts - Week 1

4:10 PM

This week's verses:

Jeremiah 31:3-4 • I will always love you; that's why I've been so patient and kind to draw you to my heart. You are precious to Me and I will build you up again.

Proverbs 3:5 • Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. 

Proverbs 16:3 • Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.

Jeremiah 29:11 • For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and future. 

Psalms 34:7 • For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear Him. 
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