I believe it’s to start my day BEFORE they are awake, planting my self in the Word and prayer so that by the time anyone else is awake, I’m firmly rooted in Christ’s love for me, established in remembering/applying the gospel today in daily life, and ready to serve and share with each of them.
I start by going to bed at a reasonable hour the night before. Yup- my “quiet time” starts the night before by getting enough sleep that I can get up. This used to be hard for Andy, but as he saw my heart change as a result, he now encourages me each evening to go lay down.
I set my alarm and beg God to help me get up when it will go off. He does daily. I have a small light and my Bible next to my bed and I just roll over and grab them. Some days it’s duty, others a delight, but daily I seek Him first and it feels like such a HUGE win!!!
This planting daily has lead to a renewed hunger and thirst for Him. Somedays nap time is spent praying and listening to sermons, or at night Andy and I study the Word or read great books to spur us more in Christ. It has become a model to my children and I'm prepared to share with them daily.
I'll share more of the fruit of this small (yet hard to put in action at first) step in my next several posts, but today let me encourage you as you read this- You need to be planted in His Word. If you aren't already daily being transformed by the renewal if your mind then take this step to start a daily time with Him. Dig down deep and ask Him to help you obey Him by starting each day in His Word and prayer.