Finding Time for Reflections in the Mornings
I admit my biggest struggle occurs when I meet with God in the mornings. Don’t get me wrong. I look forward to my quiet time, but distractions pull me away. My clock’s snooze button competes with my body telling me to stay in bed for 15 more minutes. I finally get out of bed, grab something to drink, locate my bible, pen, and journal. Next, I move forward to reflect on God’s word to nourish my soul.
After years of wrestling with God and myself, I’ve finally settled on a morning routine. It hasn’t been easy, but keeping a structured time with the Lord renews my hope and enables me to face the unknowns that occur each day. What does your time with the Lord look like? Do you haphazardly stumble into your daily time with God? If so, I know the struggle.
Maybe you wake up late for work, or take care of a child or an elderly person the minute your feet hit the floor? Maybe the cares of the day derail you early in the morning?
You, my friend, can find hope in a divine realignment.
Reset Your Mornings with God
Because our schedules do not always follow concrete plans, it is necessary to allow God’s Spirit to intervene and rearrange our paths for us to meet Him throughout the day and night.
Reflecting on God can happen at mid-morning breaks, after lunch, or in the evenings. Some morning times with God occur when tossing and turning at 3:00am as He nudges us out of our sleep. When this opportunity arises, grab a journal and write your prayers, thoughts, or insights God gives during those early hours. Early morning hours are precious moments where I find myself filling journal pages with heartfelt cries to God.
“Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.” Isaiah 50:4
No matter our schedules, we all begin our days at different times. I remember when I worked the night shift, after sleeping during the day, my mornings began at 5:00pm.
Write to Reflect God’s Words to You
- Write down what you remember.
- Following a certain structure is not necessary.
- Record your thoughts as you meditate on the scriptures.
- Write in a journal or on a piece of paper.
- Record the date on the page for future references.
- Jot down one word that resonates with you.
- Build on that same one word the next day.
My favorite journal entry is writing one word. One-word journaling keeps my time with God consistent while anticipating another word He may reveal to my soul the next morning. When I live in constant awareness of Him, I flourish and His presence meets me amid life’s chaos.
“They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.” Psalm 92:13
Above all, find your optimum time with God. Settle on your personal routine. And as the Son rises and His light appears into your day, evening, or night remember to grab your bible, a pen, and journal. Let God meet with you.
2 thoughts on “Finding Time for Reflections in the Mornings”
I love this. I have never been a “first thing in the morning” devotional person so because of that I am easily distracted away from my precious time with the Lord. Another thing is I could never get into journaling either. So my time with the Lord is very erratic. But I do cherish the time He calls me to Himself and I feel the comfort of His nearness no matter what time of day it is.
Lorraine, I agree. No matter what time of day, the Lord is always faithful.