What's YOUR Testimony?????

Friday, January 30, 2009

Coffee, Caffeine and a Prayer.

Mark 1:35~Early in the morning, while it was still dark, he (Jesus) rose up and went out, and departed into a deserted place, and prayed there.

This morning I was up earlier than normal. (I am not a morning person by any means... but when I want a vehicle I must brave the hour before sunrise to take my hubby to work so I can use the van~ we are a one vehicle family!)

My eyes had a hard time adjusting to the 6AM darkness that still lingered. I pulled myself out of bed, pulling on a sweatshirt and my socks and shoes. Gathering my hair in a pony tail and heading off to the kids bedrooms to wake them up for the ride.

After fixing my hubby some lunch, bundling all the kids in warm coats and carrying the twins to the car, we were off for the ride. After a stop at McDonald's for a cup of coffee, we headed home from our short 2 mile drive to work and our short 2 mile ride home.

After a nice cup of coffee and the sun finally coming over the beautiful Utah mountains I was awake! But still kind of grumpy from not getting my full 8 hours of sleep (I am one of those people!). But a devotion, a prayer and making time to meet with my Best Friend this morning and I am ready to face my day.

Jesus rose early so that He could meet with His source of strength. He went alone into a place where He could take time to focus on God and receive from God. Jesus knew how important it was to set that time aside~ first thing in the morning~ to put His focus on the Father.

Now, as I said earlier- I am by no means a morning person! I am a night owl by nature and have been since I was a kid (okay, maybe it was a learned habit because my mom is a night owl too!) but anyhow, I despise mornings... BUT (there is 'that word') I am going to make it a point to try my hardest to crawl out of bed, sleepy-eyed, tired and in need of a good ol' cup o'joe to have time with my Source of Strength before I start my day.

With 5 young kids home all day, 3 meals and a snack to prepare, a hubby working 12 hour days, loads of laundry piling up, homeschool subjects to teach, library books to return, dishes to wash, floors to sweep, vacuuming to do and my list goes on and on... I dont know how I made it recently without tapping into my Source of Strength first thing in the morning!

I know that my new goal is to rise early and meet with God. What about you?

Jesus, your examples are shared in the Bible for a reason. You showed us through your life and examples how important it is for us to take time to draw Strength from the Father. Lord, help me to rise early so I can start my day off right. Allow me to fall asleep fast at night and sleep well through the night so I be rested for my day and be refreshed to meet with you. Lord, thank you for always being there to show me how to live my life... you truly are the perfect example to follow.
In Jesus' Name, Amen

A Praying Mom