My daily routine used to consist of my television being my alarm clock. I had it set to come on each morning at 7am. Matt Lauer and Katie Couric would say, “Good morning.” Julie and I would turn over, fix our pillows and watch the news. We’d get up, shortly after, and get ready for the day.
This was before the kids had to be at school by 7:30-7:50, and before I had a daily morning time with The Lord. This was also before I had a workout routine, but I still had a routine. We all have a routine, but does The Lord have a place in it, a primary place?
About nine years ago, I was introduced to a men’s Bible-study in my town that was/is led by a man named Sam Hunter. Sam’s great. He’s a normal guy that really draws you in to ask questions and makes you want to know what does God want for your life. One day, like many Thursday’s, he was encouraging us to have a daily time with The Lord and His Word. He had a coffee cup in his hands, cupping it between them, as he spoke of “that first cup of coffee in the morning.” He said, “You know that first cup of coffee in the morning and how great that is? I want you to consider to start spending that time with The Lord and in His Word. Say, Good morning Lord, and spend that with Him.”
The funny thing is that I hated coffee. The smell and taste had always made me sick, but Sam inspired me. That night, I went to the grocery store. The Lord put the store manager on the coffee isle with me, who encouraged me. He said, “Some people say that real men drink their coffee black.” He said, that he used lots of cream and sugar, and I could make it taste the way I wanted it to.
I had always had a difficult time waking up in the morning. My “super Christian friends,” as I saw them, woke up at 5am and spent that first hour of the day with The Lord and His Word, and then some would run and/or workout. Maybe I could do this. Maybe Sam was right. I was inspired to give it a try. That night, Julie saw me in the kitchen making coffee and said, “Are you making coffee?” I told her I was going to start waking up and having a “quiet time” (as its called in my Christian circles).
I set the alarm for five o’clock. The next morning, I stumbled out of bed to the coffee machine, which had already been set and was ready. I fixed it just so. I drug myself to the den. I said to The Lord, “Lord, I don’t want to do this. I don’t want to be down here. I want to be in bed. My heart’s not in this, but, I’m going to do this whether I feel like it or not, every day. I need You to change my heart, so that I want to do this. Whether You change my heart or not, I’m going to do it.” I did just that, and He honored that prayer. He changed my heart. Today, years later, I love this time with Him. Its precious to me.
We all have a routine each day. It may be haphazard or it may be very structured, where we do exactly the same thing every morning. The question is, what part of my day and what priority does The Lord play in my routine?
I thought I’d share my morning routine. I don’t consider myself a “super Christian.” Hopefully, though, I am seen by The Lord as a man after His heart and His desire for my life, and after His heart for mankind.
My morning consists of the alarm going off between 5-5:30, except on Saturday and Sunday. Those days I don’t use an alarm and get up between 7-8 o’clock. The coffee is made. I let the dog out. I go to the den with my iPad and coffee. (On warmer days I often go outside.) I sit in the quiet and dimly lit den and say, “Good morning Lord.” I may speak briefly to Him or just get started. I open Facebook and go to the SSA devotional group that I’m a member of. It has a suggested chapter, this morning’s was Luke 5. I open YouVersion Bible app. I turn the reader on and listen and follow along. Then, after, I turn my Pandora app on to Instrumental Praise Radio, then return to my devotional group on Facebook. I read the devotional, then think about my life and others. I think, “What can I write to encourage others today in response?” I then type something out and share it on Facebook. After, I turn my journal app on called Day One. I then talk to The Lord, referring to Him as Lord and You. Sometimes I speak out-loud, and other times I simply am quiet and just write. I journal about the day before and what may be going on that might be bothering me, and pray for others on my mind. Depending on my schedule, I may sit there for thirty minutes to over an hour, then go about my day.
I’ve gone through many devotionals, and have been using this one mentioned for the last year. I can add you if you ask. I’ve done My Utmost for His Highest many times, Jesus Calling and others. I’ve also used books like Destined to Reign and others.
I remember having Matt Lauer and Katie Couric say, “Good morning.” I’m so glad that I altered my daily routine to have me saying, “Good morning” to The Lord instead.
That time with Him each morning has helped shape my life to become a different person than I used to be. I wouldn’t give that time up with Him each morning for anything. I encourage you to consider spending that first part of the day with Him.