October 29, 2014

Quiet Mornings // Wednesday's Words

Welcome to another week of Wednesday's Words with Jenni and me! Be sure to link up your post so we can read your sweet words! I'm also linking up with Madison and Rachel for Community Brew!

I shared yesterday how the Lord has really had the act of slowing down on my heart lately.  It isn't just about slowing down though, it is about being thankful for the blessings the Lord is trying to give me in the craziness of life.  It is about noticing the how much I love quiet moments in the morning rather than rushing around getting ready for work.  It is noticing and really seeing the people I interact with everyday rather than only worrying about checking things off my to do list.  But not only is it noticing,  it is noticing and giving thanks for those moments.  

Those small, seemingly insignificant moments are one of God's many ways of showing me his love and grace.  It is His way of nudging me to let me know He is there even during my errands.  That He is there with me at work.  That He is there while I'm cooking or doing the dishes.  The Lord is right there walking beside me as I do life, and He is making himself present in so many ways that I don't notice if I'm not looking.  And when I don't notice, I can't be grateful for His small gifts. 

So how do I make seeing these small gifts a priority? One way I'm working on this is by waking up earlier to spend time in the word and in prayer before I do anything.  Before I check social media, before I shower and get ready for the day, and before I can let my mind start wandering to my to do list or random thoughts...I focus my thoughts on the Lord.  

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 our I entrust my life.
Psalm 143:8

I start off with prayer.  I'm absolutely loving my "Give Me Jesus" journal from Life Lived Beautifully during my prayer time.  It gives me a guided way to journal my prayers and to pray over scripture.  I know I've mentioned The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson a few times recently, but one of the things I really took away from reading that book was paying attention to scripture the Lord reveals to me and circling those promises in prayer.  My "Give Me Jesus" journal has been perfect for that.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  
And if we know that he hears us -whatever we ask- we know that we have what asked of him.
1 John 5:14-15

What I love about starting my morning off with quiet time with Jesus is that it allows me to align my heart with His word before I align it with anything else.  I notice that the mornings that I prioritize my quiet time, my day is just better.  I notice the Lord's small gifts.  I have the desire to be thankful for those gifts.  Which in turn means I spend more time in prayer.  Starting my day with quiet time allows my heart to be aligned with the Lord rather than worldly distractions.  

Another way that I am practicing being thankful in the everyday is keeping a list of the simple things that bring me joy.  This list is of things as simple as clean sheets that smell like fabric softener, my morning coffee, and kisses from my puppies.  It is amazing the difference in my day when I realize how many small gifts I have after looking at my list for the day.  I got this idea from Ann Voskamp in One Thousand Gifts.  I'm going to be honest, at first I didn't think it would make a difference.  I didn't see why writing down things that can seem so insignificant could make me be thankful.  But really it has changed the way I look at those small things.  They aren't insignificant.  They are small ways that the Lord is showing me his love.  And there is something about realizing how much you have to be thankful for written down that makes you fall in love with your savior in a whole new way.  

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7

So friends, how do you prioritize your day to make time for the Lord and the small ways He is showing you that He loves you? Do you keep a prayer journal or do you have a certain devotional you love? I'm always looking for new inspirations for ways to grow in the Lord.  I can't wait to read your words!

Now it is your turn to share your thoughts! What has the Lord taught you about prioritizing your time in order to enjoy the small, daily blessings?
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