I have been trying really hard to not sleep during the day. When I do, I will take an hour long nap instead of a 4 hour nap in the morning and a 2 hour nap in the afternoon. Now, even when I don’t sleep well the night before, I try to wait till bed time to sleep. This worked out so well last night. I fell asleep at 9:45. Of course I woke up at 4:10, but I kind of dozed back off till my alarm went off at 5:20.
I am starting to love early mornings. I get that time with the kids, drink coffee, do my Bible study (currently doing a She Reads Truth Lent study), and spend some time praising Jesus through song. I also get to see the sun rise over the hills. We have a fantastic view from our house.
I love this song and have listened to it over and over this morning.
I also just LOVE this song. It’s a great reminder that we are loved and He has a plan. Have courage. Sometimes we have to wait for something, but He will be glorified through His plan. He wants good for us who love Him.
I’m a little behind in the She Reads Truth Lent study, but I’m okay with that. It’s not about being perfect but about drawing near to Jesus and spending time with Him. In turn, He teaches me about Him and His plan. Today’s study was very relevant for me coming out of a season of darkness. Check it out! The Plagues Continue.
If you’re turned off by all things God/Jesus, I pray that you would give Him a chance. While I was in the darkness I was bitter and angry towards Him. All of a sudden He gave me peace and joy. He reminded me that He is in control and that despite the hard (that happens because of sin in the world), He truly does want good to come. Sometimes we have to wait, but the good eventually comes “Miracles happen when you fix your eyes on Jesus.” And honestly I wouldn’t appreciate the good without the hard. He has taught me so much over the past several years. I love others better. I have less judgment. I’m stronger, I have more courage, I am able to be vulnerable, I have grown so much, I am able to be there for others, and I just want to share Him with others. My family is also stronger. We have grown together.
Today I pray that you would give Him a chance. He loves you no matter what you’ve done and what you’ve been through. He loves you just as you are (I mean, I’m an alcoholic and He loves me).
Have a good Monday!
If you’re turned off by all things God/Jesus
I’m an atheist, but I’m trying to read past the mentions of deities to the deeper meaning rather than allowing myself to be turned off by it. (I have to admit, it’s a bit of a struggle!)
I’ve been listening to that first video, and I too love it. But I have to imagine that the ‘Jesus’ she’s singing about is just your average Joe — I hope that doesn’t offend!
I appreciate that! Thanks for your comment ☺️.
I have this different way of praising God, but I think it’s valid? I try to do it through my actions. Do good, all day long. Smile to strangers, spread joy, compliment people, be nice to the waitress that brings me coffee, smile to the bus driver, ask my boss about her weekend, be kind to my students, show them I love them and believe in them, tell my coworkers how beautiful they look, share snacks with the kids, give them my pens when they need new ones, be nicer to my fellow bloggers. I hope it’s enough. I love that you’re enjoying your early mornings and sleeping less. You seem so much better to me, Courtney ❤️