Before I even roll out of bed in the mornings, I have made it my practice to breathe a short prayer of thanksgiving for each new day! Often just that simple prayer is just the beginning, but it gets me thinking of what the day holds and I ask the Lord to give me the grace to accomplish what He would want, (“Thy will be done”!).
I have long been a coffee lover, and I used to have a coffee pot with a timer on it so that my coffee would be ready for me when I woke up. (Does that make me an addict?!)
This past Christmas, though, my wonderful husband bought me a Keurig and I LOVE it. (Definitely addicted! :0)
Here are a few of my favorite K-Cups:
Once my coffee is in hand, this is how I typically start my mornings…
A good cup of coffee in one of my Starbucks cups, I settle in on the couch (after opening the blinds to let the sun in :0), and I spend time reading my Bible and counting my blessings. Having an empty nest means that my mornings are for the most part, quiet. It wasn’t that way for 30 years, so I’m learning to appreciate it.
Since Christmas I have been reading the devotional, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and making a list of 1,000 blessings in a journal (prompted by the book, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp). In case you’re curious, I’m on #645! I think I’ll make it to 1,000 by the new year, and plan to continue until the pages are full!
That devotional is on standby right now though, because we are in the middle of IMMERSED at church. IMMERSED is a seven week church-wide emphasis that includes Bible Study lessons for every age group and sermons each week pertaining to the week’s focus.
I’ve been reading the 40-day devotional that goes with it and you can see my last post about it here: https://wateringcanblog.com/2013/10/02/hope
For a former night person you would think this would be a challenge, but I’ve been waking up earlier and have enjoyed the mornings more than I have in the past. I miss those early morning cuddles with kids, but not the crazy–rush out the door–school days!
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and spiritually speaking, I can say that this time of reading, prayer and focusing on God is the most important part of my day!
To be honest, I’m still struggling with tears. This process of letting go is not easy for me. I’m not walking around depressed, but I do have my bouts of tears as I’m packing away what remains of their stuff.
This testimony is true:
Have a great day!!
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