Today I am over at Club31 Women helping fellow morning haters, um, I mean, "non-morning people" get into God's word.
I am not, let me repeat, I am not a morning person. As matter of fact, I absolutely do not understand those of you who wake up all chipper, jump out of bed, throw open the curtains, and welcome the day with a smile and a song. It seems unnatural to me. It’s just wrong.
No matter what time I go to bed the night before, getting out of bed the next morning is pure torture. My eyes feel like they have had acid sprayed in them, my ears are assaulted by screaming birds, the last thing I want to do is talk, and I walk like a zombie to the bathroom.
Begin With The Word
Now try to read your Bible is this state. It just doesn’t work. And yet I know that it is good for my soul to begin the day by focusing on the one Person by whose power I breathe and move and make it through my day (Acts 17:28).
Beginning the day with the word of God is important because the moment we open our eyes we are engaging in war. This war is against the weaknesses of our flesh, the very alluring, yet false promises of the world, and the sly schemes of Satan.
We need to strap on our armor and engage all that comes at us with wisdom and faith. But our armor is not found in positive thinking, pep talks, or new schedules. Not even the natural state of a “morning person” is enough to start warring. Our armor is the word of God. It is how our minds are renewed, our faith strengthened, wisdom is learned, and temptations overcome.
There is no way around it, whether we are a morning person or not, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to begin the day in God’s word.
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
How to Begin the Day With the Lord
Now, I am not talking about staggering out of bed in order to do an in-depth Bible study. Believe me, I could never do that first thing in the morning. I study later in the day. I am simply talking about getting the word of God in us shortly after we wake up.
But how does someone who only feels half alive in the morning begin the day with the Lord?
Let me share with you something that has been a huge help to me. Electronics. That’s right, electronics are not all bad. I believe they are a gift from God that sadly have been misused and even used for evil, but that doesn’t make it bad in and of itself.