The early morning quiet greets me most mornings at 5:00 AM. The darkness is still an inky black and the only light comes from the bedside lamp I turn on to start my day. There is a complete hush of quiet broken only by the throwing back of the comforter and my footsteps padding into the other room. All of these pieces work together to create my favorite time of the day. A time to renew, restore, read and center.
You see – I have a date! This one is so important to me that my day is not complete until I have had my daily date with God. I have tried to get by without my early morning quiet time, without my devotions, without the Word, but each time my day has resulted in imbalance, lack of focus and at times has been a train wreck. God has been asking me on this date for years and within the last five years, I finally said “yes”. God will never give up in relentlessly pursuing us into a deeper relationship with Him and even through my stubbornness, ability to over schedule my day without Him and my lack of understanding of the importance of centering on Him each day, God never gave up.
This is how I know:
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
God is never going to give up on us, His masterpiece, because He made us in His own image to live a life for Him.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6 NLT)
God is our Shepherd and He lovingly pursues us even when we stray or lose our way. He will never tire of running after us to lead us back home.
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My morning date with God is a time of quiet and stillness. It’s a time to let go of my daily schedule for about 30 minutes and just be. I’m not always successful, but starting with a quick prayer for God to join me and thanking Him for a new day is a great way to start. God reminded me as 2015 began that I needed to spend part of my daily quiet time in His Word. He will meet me there and teach me if I open my heart and ears to His truth. The rest of the time flows as I am led. My date is not perfect but it is always beautiful because God is at the center. God cherishes a daily date with us to meet us in our busy and quiet our souls.
Do you have a daily date with God? Is it more of a weekly or monthly date? How do you sustain the quiet and stillness in the midst of the busy that each new day brings?
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