Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. ~Mark 1:35
The good Lord knows I'm not the type of person who gets up before the dawn in order to pray. In the first fuzzy moments between getting out of bed and shuffling to the kitchen to start the coffee, my mind is anything but sharp and prepared to spend time with God. All I can muster before the jolt of caffeine hits is a feeble, "Thank you, Lord, for this day." I guess I could do worse!
After that, you can find me checking my morning email. Okay, that doesn't sound very God-centered, but in a way, it is. I have several verses of the day from multiple sources, and Christian inspirational blogs to turn to. As I sip my Joe, my head clears, and my focus for the purposefully turns to God and His presence.
Once I've had my coffee and taken a shower, I'm fully awake and ready for breakfast - breakfast with God, that is.
I come by this precious devotional in a serendipitous way. My dear blogging friend, Linda, announces a while back that she has to place her mother in an assisted living home, and that her mom has decided to give away some of her Christian books that she's already read and reread. It is a first come, first served arrangement. When I see the title, Breakfast with God, I know it is meant for me. And as fortune would have it, Linda declares that the prize is mine. Oh, happy day!
Now, with breakfast on the table and this devotional and my Bible close at hand, this is truly where a day filled with God's grace, peace and wisdom begins for me. I cherish this time, as I'm usually the only one up at that time in the morning; all is quiet and still.
I can drink my fill of scripture, pray for those in need, and be ready to surrender another day to Jesus.
And if you'd like your own copy of Breakfast with God, it is still in print, and available on Amazon.
My practice may not be your idea of a morning routine or time spent in God's presence. Please do share in the comments how and where you set aside time each day to savor God's loving presence.