In my One Year Bible reading plan this morning I came across Proverbs 8:19
My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver!
I then came across this when googling some commentary on it that I thought was encouraging:
Seek him early, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing else. Christ never said, Seek in vain.
I’ve done it before, but recently I am back to being a morning person and it’s been great for me. It all started at the beginning of the month, I read The Miracle Morning and decided I’d go nuts and wake up at 5 in the morning the next day and haven’t stopped waking up early since.
My current schedule is the same, but it prepares me for the rest of my day:
- Get out of bed about 5:01 am and tell Alexa to stop my alarm.
- Head to the bathroom and drink a big glass of water and brush my teeth.
- Head back to my room and sit in my chair with a blanket and open up Echo Prayer app on my phone to do 20 minutes of prayer for myself and others. (Recently the guys from my group have been using Echo prayer’s group feature, which has been awesome to get notified that so and so just prayed for you)
- Get out my journal and journal about the previous day.
- Read my One Year Bible Plan for the day, taking notes in my journal.
- Finish journaling with 3 things I am thankful for.
- Share some of my notes from my Bible reading and then 3 things I’m thankful for with a friend in our shared note that we use on Dropbox Paper.
- Depending on the day:
- I will either read a chapter or 2 from a book or
- Do my Salesforce training
That’s pretty much it. It takes about 2 or so hours, but they seem to go by quick!
Today one of the benefits from waking up early is that the other day when a friend asked to meet up for coffee at 6:40 in the morning, I was able to say yes without really thinking about it, because I knew I would have already been awake almost 2 hours. If he would have asked a month ago, I would have said NOPE, because I knew I would have wanted to sleep.
It’s been awesome to see how something as simple as being disciplined to wake up a little bit earlier to spend some time with the Lord and work on some self-development (if that’s the right word) in the morning have made a huge impact on the rest of my day.
Another perk of being out and about early is getting to see the sunrise, this photo wasn’t the best shot, but I like it because I enjoy getting coffee on this street at a little gem of a place called, Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure (Whoever thought of that name is the best).
Yesterday I wrote about my word of the year, Move. Nick Foster commented about how he does a verse of the year. I liked that a ton, but thought it would take me a while to pick one out. In doing my morning quiet time, I read Matthew 6 and thought:
1. Why wait to pick out a verse of the year?
2. This is perfect…
Matthew 6:25-34 (CSB)
The Cure for Anxiety
25 “Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add one moment to his life-span by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. 30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t he do much more for you—you of little faith? 31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Out of all that, I am going to narrow down to the last two verses for my verse of the year – Matthew 6:33-34
I really don’t get anxious a ton, but when I do it’s always random things that have no business get me anxious. I know when I spend time with God, what seemed like something I would always be worried/anxious about goes away. I want to be intentional of knowing I do that and cut it off from the beginning, by always first seeking God as I start my morning (and throughout the day 1000 more times when I forget).
I love the last part “Each day has enough trouble of its own” because it does, so why do I need to add to it?
Anyone else have a verse of the year they do?