This is one question that I know would massively benefit me if I asked it before my feet hit the ground. Not being a morning person by nature, the start of my day use to be signalled by an annoying iPhone alarm I snoozed over and over or a child, whichever shouts louder at the time. After hitting snooze one too many times, I would peal myself out of bed to get juice and milk and never thought about getting in a quick workout.
I have finally learned that I can not do that anymore! Since November of last year I started going to the gym 3 days a week and working out at 445am before my whole family woke up!(and on my hubby's mornings at the gym I am still waking up at 530 for coffee and prayer chair or quiet time with God before my day begins.)
As a mom of three boisterous fun loving bouncing boys my days are anything but quiet, from the loud screams for breakfast to the shouts of he hit me...and nooowwww I am about to have to try to herd three(oh ya me too...four) people out of the house at quarter to eight to drop Lane off at KINDERGARDEN five mornings a week and then Luke off at preschool at quarter to nine two mornings a week!
Spending time with God is so crucial for me to be able to be the best I can be for them!! Even on my gym days...and well everyday!!! It is just so important that I am intentional about giving HIM my first few moments, minutes....or even the first hour of my day. Because Lord knows...I can't do a thing without Him. (Especially all of that and then some.)
But I must confess my prayers can sometimes be very one way. God can you please sort out this situation for me? Lord please will you heal my friend? Jesus please can you help my boys make good choices? Can you provide that house? That extra income?
I know that God is a loving God, the ultimate parent who wants to please us, but he also wants to have a RELATIONSHIP with us, which means that prayer needs to be a two way street. Just as I love to have conversations with my children rather than just can I have this, can I have that, so too does God. Yes, he hears my arrow prayers, and answers them regularly, but I fear that as soon as he is about to return my prayers with conversation in my spirit, I turn my attention to the housework/iPad/iPhone /next appointment/next errand to run.
I know that this has and will continue to take practice on my part, and being a busy social butterfly who never sits still, being still before God and waiting on him is not an easy thing for me. However I know that waiting on him, seeking His counsel, His guidance, His rest will set me up for the day, no matter what I am facing or experiencing.
Its time we all take control of our faith and our walk with God, and go deeper than ever before because I sense that he has an awful lot to say to me and do through me. God knows what is going on around me and what is set before me, I need to find out what HE wants me to do today and not just follow blindly down my own path. As I am quickly approaching this new year of being a school mom and all the busyness I am sure it will bring....I know I need to be the most intentional in the most important area.
Lord, I am here, I am ready and I am listening. Let my day and each day begin and be productive for YOU!!