A few years ago I read “Kisses from Katie” by Katie Davis who is an missionary in Uganda and mamma to several beautiful orphans. I read her story right before a mission trip to Haiti and her example of complete trust in God transformed my heart. Years later, the one line I can’t get out of my head is “All I need is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus”. The slogan has popped up on Pinterest, Etsy shops, mugs, embroidery hoops and prints everywhere. As trendy as the phrase may be, the truth is that nothing will transform your day like starting it off with coffee and Jesus.
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life”. Psalm 143
The scriptures are filled with reminders to be relationship with the Lord any time of day, I can’t shake the part of this verse that says “Let the MORNING bring me word of your unfailing love…” In college I remember being so frustrated when I was told you needed to get up at least one hours earlier to study the bible every day. I have always jokingly called myself a “mid-morning person”. I don’t enjoy getting up particularly early and I’m in no way a night owl. Maybe I just like my sleep, but I’ve always functioned best mid morning.
Over the past two years I’ve made a priority to start my days reading God’s word, praying and being still. There are days when I can wake up and head right to the coffee maker and enjoy a morning soaking up the scriptures. My heart is quieted with His truth and I begin the day with a focused and intentional heart. Then there are days (many more than I care to admit) that before my feet hit the ground I reach for my phone to check e-mail or scroll through Instagram, and before I realize what is happening my thoughts are filled with comparison, discontentment, envy and the endless to-do list.
Starting my day with truth has lead to such a transformation in my heart. I think it has more to do with consistency than time of day, but I’ve like it says in Psalm 143 starting my day with truth (whether 5 or 50 minutes) reflects that my trust is in the Lord. When my first thoughts are in line with HIS thoughts and truth, my priorities shift from my own agenda to God’s. I’ve been learning lately that instead of praying “Lord, bless my work today” the bigger (and faith-filled) prayer is “Lord, what do YOU want me to accomplish today?” Beginning my day with scripture and being in his word daily give me the strength and grace to accomplish exactly what he has for me that day.
How and when you choose to get in the word is entirely up to you but I encourage you to make commitment to get in God’s word daily and allow him to guide the way you should go.
Do it daily!
Block off time in your planner or iCal. Set an alarm on your phone every day to read God’s word! The She Reads Truth App has a built in reminder you can set to remind you to get in God’s word daily! Give yourself grace here, some days a worship song on repeat can be more powerful than reading three chapters.
Find a plan that works for YOU!
There are 100’s of daily reading plans from She Reads Truth (my favorite online community of women committed to being in the word daily), to First 5 with Proverbs 31 Ministries, Hello Mornings, Read the Bible in a Year plans or devotionals on the YouVersion Bible app.
Be in community!
Find an accountability partner to remind and encourage you. Find a daily what you are learning. Gather a group of girl friends and go through a study together. We are created to grow together and encourage one another on this adventure of life.