Welcome to the Day!

 

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.””
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-24‬ ‭NIV‬‬
http://bible.com/111/lam.3.22-24.niv

Good morning, World!

It is now 6:00AM, EST. My body woke up around 5:15 and decided it was time to start the day. A few years ago, you could not have convinced me that I would EVER want to be up this early! But here I am! And I love it …

In my book, I mentioned that I had never been a morning person. I have loved to sleep late and stay up late since my teenage years. I would stay up late and read books. I love to read still today.

All that has changed in the last 3 to 4 years. I did specifically ask God to help me become a morning person.  No, it didn’t happen overnight. I still had to get used to being up at this hour. But now, it is my favorite time of the day.

Sometimes it is completely silent until the day begins to dawn and the animals begin to wake up. This time of year, the darkness is full of sounds. Tree frogs, crickets and other bugs. It is fascinating. I just wish I could decipher what they are all saying …

I am sitting on the back porch, screened and protected from mosquitoes. Those bugs love me! I’m not very fond of them.

It is a bit muggy here in East Tennessee, but it’s cool enough to enjoy the morning. There is a bit of dampness in the air. The leaves are very still. After yesterday’s and last night’s storms, it is nice to “hear” the silence of the trees.

The birds are beginning to awaken. I’m now up to three or four different bird sounds. I often wish that I could identify them. I wish that I had been more attentive to people in my life who knew these things. But I guess I was too busy to take notice.

Ah, the things we learn through aging . . .

The squirrels tend to run a little later in their morning routine down the birds. Perhaps the birds are their alarm clock. But when they awaken, there is almost nothing but chatter, and the noise in the woods would make you think there are huge animals tromping around out there!

It is in these early hours that I feel most peaceful. That I feel at ease in the world. In this time, I attempt to have my one-on-one time with the Lord, Jehovah-Sabaoth. Sometimes my mornings are very rich and full of insight, companionship, and a sense of His presence.  Sometimes they are just quietness and observation of the world around me. Regardless, this time has become a necessity for my daily life. It prepares me. It grounds me.

Oh, I’m not saying I do this every day. There are some days I’m absolutely exhausted from the previous day’s work and activities. Most days I can wake up and spend this quiet time, this quality time, which prepares me to face living again.  I love the peace that comes with this quiet time. I find it soothing to my soul and refreshing. It gives me a new sense of confidence that I will be able to face the day and whatever it brings with the peace that God has granted me.

It also allows me to center of my attention on him and his work in my life. This helps me stay focused on the real reason that I’m living. And that is to point others to Jesus. I am to be the hands and feet of God on earth. To quote someone that I don’t remember, I may be the only Jesus that people ever see! You may be the only Jesus that people ever see …

That is a big responsibility, in my opinion. It would have scared me earlier in my life. I would have felt unable and unqualified. Now, I know that I am on a journey, just like everyone else. Perfection is not attainable. Not on this side of heaven! But doing my best every day is something I can do. I don’t try to be “good enough” anymore.

I have enjoyed finding freedom to be who God made me to be as my relationship with him has grown. While I will continually strive to grow closer and to become more Christlike, I will rest in his grace and his love for me. I will not beat myself up for my imperfections. I will not condemn myself.  Instead. I will allow him to work in my life to show me where I need to change and I will actively work toward changing. I will take my mistakes, and I will learn from them. These lessons are for me.  But one day, I may be able to help someone else because of what I’ve been through  in my own journey.

I think that’s enough of my rambling for this morning. Just a little food for thought today.

I pray you’re blessed immensely by his presence in your life. I pray that you grow to know him on a personal level and to recognize his hand as he guide you through your days.

Thank you for tuning in! See you in the future…

Ann

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