For me, there is no better way to start my day with a cup of coffee, quiet, and a whole lot of Jesus. Each morning I start my day with a prayer and then I read my daily devotional and The Bible. This 15-20 minutes each morning starts my day, focuses my thoughts on Him, and strengthens me for the day.
One of the great things about God is that he loves us even when we are not perfect. When I come to God first thing in the morning I am not perfect, I am not put together, I am pretty much a sleepy mess. I pray throughout my day all day, but I love starting my day with an intentional prayer of thankfulness and gratitude. I also pray for my schedule or anything out of the ordinary I have ahead of me for the day. I pray for strength in the unknown, and I pray for my husband and kids and family and friends. I pray for patience and grace, and I pray for opportunities to spread the good news.
I have read Jesus Calling for several years and have started reading Jesus Always this year. This is a short read and I love the scriptures that go along with each day.
Now my favorite part of my quiet time, reading The Bible. I love spending time in the word. I switch back and forth between new and old testaments. Currently I am reading Exodus.
I love my New Living Life Application Study Bible. It reads easily and also expands on the scripture making it easy to understand. I don’t know what I would do without the explanations, they are so helpful.
That is how I begin each morning, but I also like to squeeze in a little more in the afternoon as well. Right now I am reading The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. This has been an amazing study over the armor that God gives us. I have learned so much.
When I finish this book I also have Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla, which I am excited to read. I ordered both of these off of Amazon.
Another book that I have loved reading was The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Brandon is reading God’s Power to Change your Life by Rick Warren and he cannot say enough good things about it as well.
Something else I do is write down three things I am grateful for each day in my planner. This just helps me end the day with positives. That was a resolution of mine this year.
Do you have quiet time? What does it look like? I know it can be hard, but I wake up early just to squeeze in the time because I am a busy Mama but I NEED Jesus. I hope you have a great day!