Wednesday, April 20, 2011

wake me with the morning light


Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
Your love be with me through the night
and wake me with the morning light.
Amen

I'm sure most of us remember our bedtime prayer or at least a bedtime prayer from when you were a child. The one above is what I have taught my daughter, and when I was typing it, I could just hear her sweet little voice and I know that God grins from ear to ear each and every time she prays that little prayer. I'm so glad that we serve such a tender, loving God that loves my children more than I will ever be able to fathom!

Now, why would I post that bedtime prayer at 10:30 am?
Check out that last line? "and wake me with the morning light." Other songs I've heard say "'til morning light."

Morning...UGH! I'm just not a morning person. So for most of my adult life, I sleep until I absolutely must get out of bed. I hit snooze 5 times and even set my alarm fast so that I might trick myself into actually getting up on time. HA! WHAT A JOKE!

So after my fantastic weekend with God, I decided I need to be deliberate about the choices that I make for a positive change to occur in my life. This must begin with the morning light!

So for the past two days (I admit, I didn't start right away on Monday!) I have been up long before I usually am. I have woken up and completed my 20-something-minute exercise video (30 Day Shred, that'll get your blood pumpin') and then jumped in the shower, make-up, blow dry, straighten, dress, get kids up & ready, and then out the door to work I go.

Now, I listen to my praise music and an audio devotion in my car on my way to work, BUT that is after I've done everything else. Check out these scriptures and see just how specific they are! 

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

It is good to praise the LORD
and make music to your name,
O Most High,
to proclaim your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
Psalm 92:1-2

And I—in righteousness I will see your face;
when I awake, I will be satisfied
with seeing your likeness.
Psalm 17:15

Sow your seed in the morning...
Ecclesiastes 11:6a 

But I will sing of Your strength,
in the morning I will sing of Your love;
for You are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble.
Psalm 59:16 

In the morning...when I awake...in the morning...in the morning...in the morning....

It's like HELLO! ARE YOU GETTING THIS YET!

Even if it is while I am working out, showering, blow drying, bathing kids, making lunches, putting on my make-up, I should be speaking with my Heavenly Daddy. Emptying myself of self, asking to be filled up with the Holy Spirit so that I might spill over on someone throughout the day. I should be praying God's Word that I have diligently been working on hiding in my heart- reciting my memory verses over and over...

And to go above that, before I ever move a single sleepy muscle out of bed, I should be praising Him for allowing me another day to serve Him. And in order to make this happen, make this change stick, I must be deliberate. Self-Disciplined.

I need to want to wake up before the sun rises,
just so I can meet with the Lord.
So, tomorrow morning when I awaken to the tune of Mandisa & TobyMac singing "Good Morning", my first breath will be in thanksgiving to God for another day, and for the ministry that He has commissioned to me.

Bedtime prayers tonight will take on a new meaning!!!

Lord, I'm so excited for You to wake me with the morning light! Thank You for Your mercy and grace!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

oh, how God is faithful!

It's the Monday (now Tuesday, I didn't get this posted on time, lol) after a fantastic weekend of worshipping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Can I get an Amen!?!

I had the awesome privilege to attend Living Proof Live in Little Rock on Friday night and Saturday morning. This is the 4th Christian women's event that I have participated in and each and every time God just shows up, shows out and moves my small self in such a tremendous way; no words can describe that feeling I feel as I let go of all insecurity and lift my hands in praise to the One and Only Living God!

I get so overwhelmed by His presence during these events. I tremble. Literally shake to the core, because He is so real there. So tangible. I just love my Lord y'all! And I am in awe of His power and His mercy for me, a wretched sinner.

LPL was followed by an equally amazing Sunday service at our church. Our small congregation was so moved by the filling of the Holy Spirit in our sanctuary, that before we were even finished with our song-singing and special music, folks were kneeling at the altar in prayer to the King! Wow!

As I reflect on the weekend I just pray that the changes I felt the Lord leading me to make will stick this time. That I won't leave what I gleaned this weekend behind. I want a change in my life so that I can shine brighter for God; I want my husband and children to notice Him working in my life on behalf of our family and I want to glorify God in all that I say and do. God has placed the ball in my court; it is my choice to follow through each and every day and put Him first, seek Him, dialogue with Him, trust Him, be faithful to Him.

If you seek Him, He will be found by you...
1 Chronicles 28:9 NIV

Because He has been faithful to me. Oh, how God has been faithful to me!

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:5

Monday, April 11, 2011

God is my Travel Partner

I've been out for a little while. I haven't been blog-reading or writing lately...just kind of been super busy, which tends to happen when you are a full-time working wife and mother of two! A mother's work is never finished!

A LOT has been happening lately-
  • We got news that my husband could be jobless soon. :-(
  • My daughter had strep throat & a urinary tract infection and
  • My son had to have tubes put in his ears after suffering his 7TH ear infection since December!
  • We looked at a house for rent and are probably going to be moving around the first of June (it is bigger, cheaper, and away from all of the fast-food joints!).
  • I've been preparing for the Beth Moore conference in Little Rock this weekend; helping our pastor's wife put together a fun devotional for us to do at the hotel, turning the conference into a mini-women's-retreat for the 15 ladies that will be attending from our church!
  • Getting ready to begin the Bible study 'No Other Gods' by Kelly Minter on the 25th with my friend Cara.
  • Spring cleaning, Re-Organizing, Purging for a yard sale,
  • Trying to eat healthier, exercise & lose weight
  • Working, working, working
And among all of that, much more! And so what have I been neglecting? What have I been putting on the back burner? Putting to the way-side while I attempt to be this super-mom character?

Time to be still. Time for just me and my Daddy, my Abba Father. Time to let the real Super-Hero rescue me from myself and the crazy busy-ness of this world that we live in.


Psalm 46:10a
"Be still, and know that I am God."

And you know what, I miss Him and that time. Sitting here thinking about it, writing about it just makes me long for it that much more!
I have a business training in Houston tomorrow that I am flying out for at 4:45 today. As soon as I received my reservation confirmations last week I was dreading this trip. I don't like to be far away from my family, especially overnight, and on a boring business trip...ugh!
BUT...I began thinking of how I will have a few hours alone tonight after I check in to the hotel. And some time to myself to catch up on reading while I'm flying...and the trip doesn't seem so dreadful anymore...Especially since I know I won't be alone. God is accompanying me on this trip and Him and I are in desperate need of some quiet fellowship!

So tonight, it will be just me and Him, alone in a quiet hotel suite in Houston, Tx. I have a date with my Lord tonight. Some alone time, reflecting on our relationship, on examining my life and how I live it. Time that I can pour myself out completely to Him, bare myself to Him completely.

Allow Him to fill me up with Him, with the presence of the Holy Spirit.

REGENERATE me

He alone has the power to do that. I could never find a better Peace than Him. No matter how organized or clean my home is, no matter how much weight I lose or how small my waist becomes, no matter how much money we have in the bank...NOTHING can bring me peace and solace like when I step out of myself and step into the presence of my Heavenly Father and allow Him to breathe life into me once again!

He planned this short get-away so that I have a little time to fall back in love with my FIRST TRUE LOVE!

Praise You Father! You are my portion and I cannot wait to spend some alone time with You!
I love You! Cannot wait to meet with You at the Crowne Plaza tonight!