It’s quiet in this house in the wee hours of the morning.
I can faintly hear the crickets chirping outside. Other than that, it’s beautiful silence.
I’m up before the sun.
I love these precious hours of quiet before the day becomes filled with the tempo of on-the-go and the beat of busy.
They refresh this soul of mine.
Psalm 5:3 reads, “In the morning, O Eternal One, listen for my voice; in the day’s first light, I will offer my prayer to You and watch expectantly for your answer.”
Me, my coffee, and time with the One who designed this day.
I write. I pray. I read.
I ready myself for the day ahead.
There are mornings that aren’t quite this peaceful, however. When these hours are filled with tasks, laundry, office work. I find those days aren’t quite as refreshing.
Sure, I get the stuff done that’s on my list, but it’s probably not the most important stuff I could have been doing during those hours.
And I find, those days aren’t quite the same as the hours unfold, and as the day progresses. And I learn this important lesson once again.
Life gets busy, I know. Sometimes it seems there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
Despite that, I pray you make time in your day for quiet. When you are able to listen to “that still small voice.” When you draw away from the world to refresh your soul. When you spend time with the only One who can equip you, prepare you, and provide for you.
There’s nothing like it.
May you be prompted today to do so. Early in the morning, at nap time, at lunch, on your break, at bedtime.
I know from experience, the day will pull you in other directions, but fight for this time. Protect this time. Treat it like an appointment in your datebook.
It’s the most important appointment of your day. And mine.
God bless you, especially today, my friend! May your day be a beautiful reflection of the One who created it!
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Hi Julie! That moment is my favorite moment of the day too, and I also struggle with protecting that time. On the way to the kitchen, I think, “Oh maybe I’ll just throw on a load of laundry.” And 5 minutes of my precious time with Jesus are eaten away. And so on. And so on. Thanks for spurring us on to pursue excellence in our walk with our Savior.
I’m with you, Betsy! I do the same things, and before you know it, I get sidetracked and waste time! That post was probably more for me than anyone. 🙂 Blessings, sweet friend! Hope you and your family are doing well!
Yes, yes , and yes! The tempo of the on the go and the beat of busy-love this! Finding Jesus in the still-making the appointment and keeping it-so important. My day is always more centered when I draw close, listen and just sit in His presence. Beautiful reminder! Hugs, Julie!
Thank you, Mary! My day is always more centered too. Makes all the difference for me! I appreciate you and your heart, and for sharing it here! Bless you, beautiful friend!
Why is this the thing that’s the easiest to let go of when life gets crazy? I love the mornings and I love to sit with Him and my Bible. And then I get my schedule out of whack and this is the first thing to go. Thanks for reminding me of the joy of beginning here. Appreciate you linking up to Testimony Tuesday too, friend. Much love!
Hi Holly! I agree. It’s crazy how I can let time with Him be the first to go when my schedule gets overwhelming. That should be the last thing to go! Will I ever learn?? Thank you for again hosting Testimony Tuesday and for your continued encouragement! Hugs to you, friend!
Me, my TEA, and time with the One who designed this day. I write. I pray. I read. I update my gratitude list. I ready myself for the day ahead. — YEP! One the same track. The one that takes us deeper with the One!! Thanks, Julie. Uplifting post. And just want to say I love your profile headshot. Such an inviting smile. Makes readers want to read your words!! Blessings…
Hi Sheila! Thank you so much! Your words blessed me today. I’m glad we’re on the same page with how we start our days. It’s such a gift, isn’t it??!! Thank you for stopping here today and for sharing your sweet heart! Blessings to you!
Early morning…a sweet precious time. Still. Quiet. Usually no distractions. And my Lord–my Anchor. I cherish those times with Him–just the two of us. A beautiful start to a new day. Beautiful post, Julie.
A beautiful start to a new day. Amen, Sabra! The most precious and peaceful way to begin the day! Thank you for your words that encourage me and others to begin each day in this way! I cherish those time with Him as well. God bless you, Sabra!