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A Simple Practice to Add to Your Morning Routine

What is your morning routine? We all have one. Typically, mine begins with a trip to the coffee maker! While there are simple variations to my morning routine I try to follow the same pattern each morning regardless of where I am. The course of the day is charted in the first moments of the morning. While there is no perfect formula for everyone, there are key ingredients. The Word of God Coffee Prayer Coffee Some conversation with those you love Coffee Physical exercise Coffee Adequate time to get ready Coffee A good breakfast …you get the idea. My wife has a dish towel in our kitchen that says, “This house runs on love, laughter, and strong coffee.” She is…

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Will You Do This In the Morning?

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In recent years I have come to realize the importance of the morning hours. There is something special about the quiet – and the coffee! – before the noise of the day. God desires, and deserves, the first. (Read more about the blessing of early mornings.) A friend once said to me that it was his practice not to speak to any man in the morning until first he had spoken to the Lord. David wrote in Psalm 5:3, “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” Most people look at their phones as soon as they awake. We look in the mirror. We look at…

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Early Mornings

Do you love mornings?  I have never considered myself a true morning person.  In fact, I have always envied those people who seem to rise cheerfully “a great while before day.”  Yet the older I get the more the quiet of the early morning hours means to me. This week a dear friend pointed out a wonderful but neglected passage to me.  Job 34:15-17 says, “In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon their bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.” Before the completion of God’s written revelation the Lord often spoke…

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Making the Most of the Mornings

I am not a morning person.  The older I get I am not a night person either!  That being said, I have come to realize the power of the morning hours.  A few extra minutes in the morning and the right priorities can make a world of difference in the entire day.  Early this morning (as I tried to get myself awake) I read a few thoughts written by Oswald Chambers on the importance of mornings. He wrote, “Specific times and places and communion with God go together.  It is by no haphazard chance that in every age men have risen early to pray.  The first thing that marks decline in spiritual life is our relationship to the early morning…When…

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Quiet!!!

Silence is a beautiful thing.  Our noisy world seems to clamor for attention more and more.  In a home with little children quiet is often at a premium.  When our children are small we spend a great deal of energy trying to get them to quiet down.  When they are teenagers we spend our time trying to get them to talk.  My parents have explained to me that when they are gone (thank God we are not there yet!) you spend the first few months just trying to get adjusted to the quiet.  And then grandchildren come. Yes, life is a cycle of noise and quiet.  Both are necessary.  For a Christian, quiet times are times to speak to God…

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