One Thing You CAN’T Fail To Do

Yes, it’t that morning time with the Lord. That one thing you CAN’T fail to do.

It’s the sweetest part of my day, the honey of life, the one daily delight to look forward to that adds more to my life than any other activity or ritual could.

That morning time with the Lord. Oh, how sweet. I have found that rushing through or skipping it is disastrous. A day that isn’t started quieting my heart and soaking in His Word- it just isn’t the same.

If you are struggling to make that time with Jesus happen every morning, I’d encourage you with a few things.

Just do it whether or not you “feel it”.

Don’t wait till you wake up and feel like it. Make a conscious choice to do what will strengthen and help you.

Too often Christians rely on their feelings, but the Christian life is not to be lived by our feelings, but by faith.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” II Corinthians 5:7

Set your alarm and GET UP.

This is huge! Of course, it greatly helps to go to bed at a reasonable hour the night before.:)

Figure out your schedule and work backwards instead of getting up when you feel like it. So, if I know I need to be ready to eat breakfast and start the day’s work at a certain time, I need to work backwards, allowing time for a run, shower, cooking breakfast, and whatever else

Time with the Lord belongs at the beginning, first of all.

Shut off your phone.

I usually have my phone on airplane mode for the night anyways, but I have made a habit to not turn it off airplane mode till after my quiet time.

There is nothing as distracting as that alluring device dinging beside you, or even just sitting there calling your name, while you are trying to focus on time in the Word and prayer.

Make a routine.

Whether or not you are much of a “schedule” person, make some morning habits that turn into a healthy routine that helps you consistently start your day with the Lord.

My morning routine (usually) looks like this:

Get up. I try- at home especially- to get up at the same time every morning. This helps my body know when it’s time to get up, and I usually end up waking before my alarm.

I detest the snooze button, because I feel like it’s nothing but laziness for me to push it. If I have decided the night before what time I need to get up, then why would I let my flesh overrule in the morning and chop into what is going to be more beneficial (time with the Lord) than that extra sleep in the long run?

And if you’re really so tired that you can hardly drag yourself out of bed, than maybe you need to discipline yourself to go to bed earlier.

Brew coffee and get a snack.ย Yes, I usually drink coffee and eat something before 6am. That’s a whole ‘nother story…:)

Sit on the couch for quiet time.ย What I actually do during my quiet time varies a bit, but my Bible, journal, prayer journal, and pen are almost always there, and I usually start with Bible reading and then move on to whatever. I LOVE keeping record of what I’m asking the Lord for and how He answers, so my prayer journal is perfect for that.

Place extreme value upon this time.

We cannot even realize the value of the Word of God. We don’t know the full power of coming boldly to the Throne of grace. How can we fathom His worthiness of our praise and adoration? He is so holy, so righteous, so loving.

Truly, seeking Him FIRST in the morning should be extremely important, more important even than our physical food. It is our sustenance, our spiritual daily nourishment.

“Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” -Job 23:12

 

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16 Comments

  1. This is a good post, with good feedback too! It is a discipline to keep our phones off until after our quiet time with the Lord. One thing that has been an immense help to me is by changing my perspective. Instead of “I won’t look at my phone until after I read”, I’ve learned for myself (and maybe others?) to see that quiet time as (reverently speaking) a “date” with the Lord Jesus. He gave.His.life for me. He desires alone time, quality time, that best morning time, the first place with me, His Bride. Do I delight to meet Him there? “Turn your eyes upon JESUS, look FULL in His wonderful face; and the things of earth (cell phones) will grow strangely dim, in the LIGHT of HIS glory and grace.”

  2. Hi Allison! I know this is completely off-topic here, but I keep going back to your post on encouraging your brothers, and how you mentioned learning their love languages. Do you have a link to a good assessment test for discovering your love language? I want to be very careful about where I go on the internet, so I’m hesitant about just clicking on any random link from Google for an assessment test :/ Also it’d be nice to know of a specific one that you have found most helpful.
    Thanks!
    Grace

    P.S. Great points in this post ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Hello Allison. Thank you for this post. I found it encouraging.
    I struggle with getting up early to do a devotional/bible and prayer time. Is there a time you go to bed at or could recommend going to bed at to help with getting up early?
    I also struggle with wanting to go on my phone first thing in the morning when I wake up. Can you offer some advice on how to reach for my bible first and not my phone? I have read your post on how to not be a slave to our phones but it is still something I struggle with.
    Is there a designated length of time before you go to bed that you put your phone on airplane mode?
    Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Jennifer!

      I’m glad it was an encouragement- praise the Lord!

      I would recommend tracking your sleep for a week like this:
      -Decide what time you will get up every morning, and then do that.
      -Also write down when you go to bed every night. Try for no less than 7 hours.
      -At the end of the week, evaluate. What was your nightly average? Are you pretty tired?
      -Make a goal off your results. For example, if you got up at 5:30 every morning and went to bed at 10:30, but felt behind on sleep at the end of the day, try going to bed at 9:30 or 10. Most adults need 7-8 hours sleep.
      The point is to figure out what time you need to get up and how much sleep your body needs and figure out your bedtime in light of those factors.

      As far as help for how to not go on your phone in the morning: SELF CONTROL. This is the only thing I know of. Just decide you aren’t going to do it. Maybe have a friend or family member hold you accountable as well.

      Personally, I turn my phone on airplane mode at night, but have it with me for an alarm clock (which I rarely need because I usually wake up before it goes off anyways.)
      Then in the morning I immediately take my phone to the kitchen and leave it there while I go brew coffee, grab a snack, and settle in for my quiet time in the livingroom.

      I hope this helps! I’m cheerin’ for you!
      -Allison

    2. Just a suggestion I have found helpful: If you have been using your phone for an alarm clock, try getting an “old fashioned” alarm clock to use and then put the phone in another room where you will not see it until after your time with God.

  4. So good, Allison! Spending time with Jesus every morning is so important; thank you for the encouragement!! I’m working on not letting my mind drift to other things that I’ll be doing afterwards, but just keeping it focused on Him/His Word.

  5. Amen, Allison!!! I have always tried to make my time with Jesus a priority every morning, but in the past couple months I have been really trying to make sure that happens before ANYTHING else. It’s sometimes a temptation to go check my phone, or start something going before anyone gets up, but I’m trying to be very purposeful about coming downstairs, grabbing my Bible and verse review cards, and finding a comfy spot for a half hour or so. Also, one thing I always do is before bed, I put my phone in a catch-all box on my desk. Then, in the morning, I don’t open the box until after quiet time. (Unless I have to get into the box for something, but then I don’t touch the phone). It’s been really helpful and so good!!! Thank you for the encouragement!!

  6. Thanks for the tips! I’m trying to make spending time with the Lord more regular and encouragement is always great ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Thank you for the tips and encouragement! This is an area I’ve struggled in for a long time. Thank the Lord that He is patient and faithful – even when I’m not!

  8. Spending time with God is a privilege that we often take for granted. How amazing that the God spoke the universe into existence would delight in spending time with us!

  9. Allison, thanks so much for your encouragement in spending time with the Lord. I especially appreciate what you said about deciding to get up at a certain time, and sticking with it!! I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live yet not I but Christ liveth in me and the live which I now live in the flesh I live in the faith of the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.

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