GETTING DOWN AND REAL WITH JESUS AND FEELING FULL IN THE PROCESS?
ALL BEFORE YOUR MORNING COFFEE, UMM, WHAT?
If you’re like me, mornings can be rough. Especially when you wake up with the burning eyelids of not enough zzz’s and a full day ahead of you that can feel discouragingly monotonous to the day before (and the one before that.)
You have to think about if your work shirt is clean or if you just left in a crumpled pile on the floor.
Yep. It was the second option.
THERE IS HOPE!
Sometimes, we just need to set ourselves up a little pig out session with the Man Upstairs for an all day pick-me up that will get you going better than espresso.
This past week, I decided to change my pattern and see if what I chose to see or listen to within the first half hour of waking up affected my mood or perspective of the day.
My first realization was that without even being conscious of what I was doing, I had formed the habit of checking some form of social media within the first 30 seconds of opening my eyes. (WHICH IS KINDA SAD REALLY.)
Also, without realizing it, my senses were being saturated with bright pictures, happy smiles and a brain full of sub-conscious comparisons.
Instead of climbing out of bed feeling refreshed and with a hopeful sense of determination for the day ahead, it has too often become more like rolling out of bed feeling emotionally exhausted before my day has even really begun.
I don’t however, think I’m the only one.
Are we starving ourselves of emotional/spiritual/mental nutrition?
By choosing day after day to make social portals become a daily fix that we consume before breakfast, can it at some point begin to consume us?
I think we all know the answer.
Why not be kind to myself and begin my day fueling up with something more sustaining?
So here is what I have tried and I dare you to try it too:
Don’t be afraid to have a morning pig out sesh with your number one fan and the best dose of daily encouragement.
(Here is the part that may seem like a challenge at first, but is insanely satisfying and WORTH IT.)
Instead of scrolling through your instagram or facebook while still laying in bed:
make a little sacrifice this week and refrain from having any physical food before you take in some spiritual fuel for the morning.
Instead of scrolling through your instagram or facebook while still laying in bed, try this instead:
(It will feel as sustaining as french toast, eggs, and bacon on a Monday morning, PROMISE.)
HOW TO INITIATE YOUR SPIRITUAL BREAKFAST DATE:
Choose one or a couple of verses of scripture to read and mediate on them. Read them once straight through. Then read them again, word by word, reading them as though God is having a conversation directly with YOU through His words. Read the verses one last time, and think about how you can try to make it a point to apply what you have read to your day.
For example, yesterday I read Psalm 139:14 “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
And it stuck with me.
I meditated upon it. I read it. Re-read it. And read it again.
Instead of mindlessly scrolling through a feed of a girl’s new blonde highlights (while mine are growing out) or another friend’s exotic travels with my bed head and tired eyes, what my eyes and heart took in was that verse.
And that was exactly what I needed that morning.
I needed to remember that despite life’s distractions, frustrations, and tired mornings, I AM “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
And while I strive daily to be kind and loving to others, I sometimes forget to be kind to myself.
Throughout my day, I focused on honoring God’s plan for my life by trying to have a heart of thankfulness and to even give myself a compliment instead of a comparison.
If you want to feel the difference, try it yourself!
Let God be your morning date and dig in to His word.
Don’t worry, overindulgence is encouraged.
And you won’t regret it!
(ONE LAST REQUEST.)
If you try it out this week and find that it made a difference or you have some constructive criticism, I would love to hear about it!
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But not first thing in the morning, you have a date, remember? 🙂