Mornings can be a drag. It can be exhausting. Or it can be the one thing you wake up looking forward too jumping out of bed and excited….
Having coffee with Jesus first thing when I wake up is my way of spending my time with Him. How do I spend time with him through all the chaos and busyness in the world? I get up an hour earlier than I should. I sit in my prayer area with my cup of coffee and pray for his presence to enter in, to speak to me for I am listening. To show me the passage I need to read today. I’ll let him know how I feel, or simply just sit with Him and smile feeling his overwhelming presence. Sometimes I don’t talk I’ll just worship lifting my hands in songs. Some days he speaks to me through the Word, through songs, or through both. When I first started getting up early, I struggled. I didn’t want to get up so early. I wanted my sleep. Im a mom that hardly sleeps, literally running on coffee, no sleep, all oils. But I had to be the one to fight the flesh to get my spirit fed. Our flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41) but we have to overcome that part by continue doing it not quitting. Setting our minds on things above. If we want to lose weight do we just sit and wait for it to come? No! We have to do something about it. We have to push ourselves. If we become sick do we just ignore it? No! We soak ourselves in oils, drink hot tea and pray for healing. We do something about it.
Waking up earlier than usual is hard work, but it’s very much worth it. I had to check my heart. Ask God to cleanse my heart because I wanted more of him and less of me. I was tired of doing this myself. I surrendered and said “Lord I can’t, but you can. Im sorry for trying to do this life on my own when I can’t. You showed me I NEED YOU.” I started off with 20 minutes earlier than waking up my kids for school. I than increased it to 40 minutes. Now its an hour or sometimes even longer with Him. Like today, we totally ran late taking my daughter to school because I just couldn’t get out of my prayer room. It felt so wonderful my heart wanted more and more! Jesus is calling you to spend time with him alone. He wants this deep intimate relationship with you. This intimacy he wants with you is the most beautiful encounter you will experience. I am actually wanting to cry typing this. I thought I had that, but sadly I didn’t. But now I do and I am writing this, sharing it to you, so you too can experience this lovely intimate relationship with Him that He longs for us to have. To be with him, laugh, talk, cry, have a child like attitude with him. That emptiness you feel, that brokenness you have, that longing of something, that insecurity you have, he wants it all! Only He can truly fill you. I never understood this “intimate relationship” until recently. I cried. Still do knowing it’s real. It’s a real deal. Its magnificent. I worship joyfully. I lift my hands knowing he is truly worthy to be praised. Strongholds broken. Complete Healing. Restoration came. My heart fully embracing His Love.
Have you every prayed? Have you prayed a deep prayer? Or a prayer thats so big it seems impossible? How about praying for something so big it scares you. Do you ever wonder when we sing those songs what we really are saying to God. Take a look at these songs & listen to them:
- “Real Love” by Blanca
- “What A Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship
- “Jesus I Need You” by Hillsong Worship
- “Oceans” by Hillsong United
- “Broken Vessels” by Hillsong United
- “In Control” by Tenth Avenue North
- “I Need You God” by Consumed By Fire
These songs we sing, we are not only worshipping and lifting our hands up but we are surrendering ourselves to Him, It really is a deep cry out to God. A prayer. Deep intimate Worship. Cry out to him, let those words sink in, sing it out loud. It doesn’t matter if your off tune or in the car shouting it out, its a worship between you and God. God doesn’t care if your off tune, in fact He LOVES it when we sing to him. Psalm 59:16-17 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress. O my strength, I will sing praises to You; For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me loving kindness.
When we worship, spend time with him alone BEFORE the world, before checking our phone, social media, replying to emails, texts etc it’s far more beautiful than you’ll ever encounter. I promise you this. He will never fail you. I challenge you to Spend time with Him alone today. See what he reveals to you, you’d be surprised♥ Mornings spent well for me is spending it with Jesus sitting in his presence soaking in all He has for me. Im not saying your day will be perfect, shoot I have rough days, but knowing who holds your days who brings you peace through those rough days, makes the mornings you spent with Him so well worth it.
Father, I humbly come to you and release all I have to you. I tried doing this on my own but you’ve shown I can’t do life without you. I struggle getting up early in the mornings but I know spending time with you is far more better than sleep itself. My flesh is weak but my spirit is not. Lord give me strength to do this as I long for your everlasting presence, your unfailing love and your deep intimacy for me. I believe you hold my days ahead and know whats to come, spending my first mornings with you before the world brings peace to me to continue on through the day. I lay my struggles at your feet, I no longer want them. I want more of you and less of me. I want your LOVE and to place you first in my life. Help me to fall deeply in love with you and experience your true genuine affectionate passionate love for me in Jesus name, amen. (feel free to reword or use your own prayer)