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Monday, September 24, 2007

This Is The Day

Have you forgotten how to greet the day? The knowledge is all but lost to many that a new day is sacred: a gift from God, a rare and precious gift. A new day brings with it a fresh start, to lift your head from the pillow with joy and to observe the clouds peeking through the dark sky and welcome a gift from the Lord.
As a mother of five children from toddler to teen, my days are very full. Often times I am overwhelmed with the list of things that need to be accomplished before the day even begins. If I am given the gift of awakening before one of my children, I quietly head to my place at the table with the glimmering light and my cup of warmth in great appreciation for the new day and an opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus. I open up my bible and begin reading, studying, and praying. I ask God to speak to me, to change me from within, to wash me in His word. I pray for my husband, my children, and for others who I have committed to pray for. My heart is overwhelmed with thankfulness for this time. Often times I don't want it to end.
But I am aware of something else. There have been many many seasons in which stopping and sitting at the feet of Jesus was NOT the first thing I did. I have had seasons in which it worked best for me to meet with my Savior later in the morning due to nursing a newborn or a baby who napped consistently at the same time. But I have also experienced seasons in which I allowed my busyness to prevent me from meeting with my Savior on a regular basis. I somehow had determined that it was "OK". I reasoned that my children were small and it would be easier when they were older. But my own experience has shown me that as my children have grown it does not become easier. Busyness doesn't go away, it just changes or looks different. So, no matter what season you are in, I encourage you to begin today sitting at the feet of Jesus and welcome each new day with great joy and anticipation. This is the Day!

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and
be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

In Him...Chris

Chris can also be found at her personal blog Come to the Table

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Anonymous Lynn said...

Oh Chris,

This is the most important time of my day. Early, my Bible, coffee and my Lord. Thank you.

September 24, 2007 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Lauren at Faith Fuel! said...

The first moments awake are precious ones- and who better to share them with than the Lord Himself. I just crave time alone with Him, and however I can get there, whether it's to the couch where my journal and Bible lay, or it's in bed where I am first waking up talking to Him- it just matters that you get there!

September 24, 2007 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Sitting at the feet of Jesus is my favorite place to be, bless you.

September 24, 2007 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Wonderful encouragement for us all, no matter the season!

Bless you,

September 24, 2007 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Chris you certainly hit the nail of the head. "Busyness doesn't go away, it just changes or looks different." How true is that. There will always be things to do.

Thanks for the encouragement to greet my day with joy and with the Lord!

September 24, 2007 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Wonderful wisdom Chris. I have often let too many other things crowd out time with Jesus. Even with an empty nest it is a struggle to find time if I don't make it a priority. But it is so essential. Thank you for this precious reminder.

September 24, 2007 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger lori said...

What a difference it is in my day and in my life...first on the list....HE seems to STAY on the list... I love when that happens!
AMEN, I love having coffee with HIM.

Such wise words...thank you.

September 24, 2007 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

oh I am so cranky when I've missed my morning with Him....what a different world we'd live in if we all took 5 minutes on our knees before tackling the day!

September 25, 2007 at 10:59 PM  

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