In the Morning

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In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.  Psalm 5:3

What are your mornings like?

If they are anything like mine, possibly not the best part of your day.  Maybe, even the worst.

There is something about having slept for the night that seems to "reset" my body  - and not in a good way.

I can be stiff and achey.  My joints can hurt. My heart might not be behaving well.  I'm often cold - even when the house is warm.  It's not always my favorite time of day.  It's hard just to get moving.  And my brain certainly isn't awake!

I muddle through waking up, taking meds, having some tea to warm my body.  If I don't wake on time, weekdays greet me with two children ready for their home school day to start.

It's not exactly the way I often picture my days beginning.

It's almost as if the day is off and running without me.

It's been one of my long-time goals to make sure I start the day with God.  Prayer, Scripture reading, working on memory verses, and writing these devotionals.  I picture me waking quietly before the household wakes and having alone time to accomplish these tasks.

It's a nice picture, but it doesn't jive with reality.  At least not my reality.

Besides not waking easily.  I don't like going to bed.  It seems like I'm feeling my best in the evenings.

So then, one might ask, why not do your alone time at night?

The humiliating response?

I forget.

I keep going with all I am doing - you know, important things like watching television or chatting on my computer; and by the time I remember, I'm too tired to even think.

Next thing I know - it's morning again.

It's a cycle I need to break - want to break.

Why am I writing about this?  It's not exactly an encouraging devotional, and I know that.  I guess I want to know how others handle this.  Is it a problem?  Have you found a solution?  With all the in's and out's of your particular challenges, how do you stay close to God?  

I've learned that is paramount in my life.  Yet, I often don't spend the time I want to simply because of life.

I feel I am short--changing myself - and God.

So, for today, I'd love to hear from you, my dear readers.  Do you struggle with God-time?  Have you figured out what works?  Would you be willing to share how you handle finding time for God in the midst of your life?

Father God, Thank you that you want to hear from us first thing in the morning.  Thank you that our relationship with you is so important.  Help us to place that same importance on it that you do.  Amen and amen.

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