When eyelids open and the sun is peaking around the closed window shade most of me wants to slide further under the covers. When the monitor bolts on with baby’s first morning stirring most of me wants to roll over. When the alarm starts to sing most of me wants to hit snooze again and again.
Mornings are rough. Mornings remind me of the work I have to do, the needs waiting to be met. By the time I get out of my warm bed my mind is already racing with the day’s tasks.
I begin working down my list and by late morning I realize I haven’t met with God. I have not talked with Him, read His word, or even quieted my heart long enough to hear Him.
Busy, busy. And I wonder why I am hungry, discouraged, and frustrated. Things are getting done yet I feel empty, depleted.
Have you ever had a morning where you didn’t eat breakfast and you quickly ate a bowl of cereal or a granola bar? How do you feel by late morning on those days? If you are like me, your stomach growls, you feel more agitated and frustrated.
Spiritually it’s the same. Those mornings I rush into my day. Those mornings I start running down my mental list. Those mornings I seek the work before the Creator. Those mornings are rough. Those mornings leave me running on empty.
Morning fruit and oats are important. The fiber and calories sustain us longer. God’s word, talking with Him and being still with Him. Now that is our spiritual bowl of fruit and oats! And that bowl, that bowl of fruit and oats will sustain us longer.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” ESV
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. NKJV
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ESV
My morning spiritual food is vital. It changes my thoughts when I dwell on who God is. Then that spills over into my attitude, the focus is off myself. And finally it ultimately affect all my relationships- I am more patient, more kind, more merciful, more loving.