As I write, it’s eight o’clock on a dewy summer morning here in the farmlands of the Midwest.
Earlier, I worked out with my daughter, though I had to cut my session short because of a minor shoulder injury. After that, I cleaned and refilled my birdfeeders. The hummingbirds in particular appreciate a clean feeder and fresh nectar.
I have a long list of other to-do’s today: pruning boxwood bushes, weeding a perennial bed, planting some clematis plants that arrived in the mail earlier this week, and putting the final coats of weather sealer on a couple of benches my daughter and I have been refinishing.
When the temperatures rise, I’ll head inside to cook for my youngest son’s birthday party, which we will celebrate on Saturday. I’ll be making his cake (chocolate with chocolate mint filling), along with homemade ice cream, a potato casserole, and more.
And then, of course, there’s laundry – the chore that never ends.
When I look at a list like that, I tend to want to jump in with both feet and cut my devotional time short.
But experience has taught me that the more I have to do, the more time with God I need before I do it. His comforting Holy Spirit both energizes and calms me for the day to come. The more time I spend with him, the more my actions – and reactions to my family throughout the day – are influenced by him.
So, as soon as this post hits cyberspace, I’ll be headed out to my front porch to read the Bible and a devotional, pray, and meditate on God’s goodness for a bit before attacking my list.
I encourage you, no matter what may be on your to-do list, place time with the Savior at the top. It’s not something we should ever skip, no matter how busy we may be.
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. – Psalm 63:1-3
How do you prepare to face the day? What are your thoughts on the importance of regular devotions?