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In the Dark with Jesus

My alarm clock walks on four legs and meows. She doesn’t take “NO!” for an answer, and she is rather annoying until I succumb to her wishes.

Most mornings she wakes me around 5:00 or 5:30. But there are days, uncanny days when I really don’t need to be up early, when she lets me sleep. Because of this phenomenon, I’ve decided this frustrating kitty is actually a gift from God. He uses her to wake me up so that I will join Him in the dark.

This morning (I’m writing this on Thursday) she didn’t wake me up. Instead, I heard my daughter huffing down stairs, clanging the cat plates, slamming the refrigerator, and I knew Allie must have annoyed her to waking early this morning rather than me. So, I smiled and thanked the Lord for the blessing of another hour in my warm bed and turned over for a little bit more rest. Lauren actually needed to be up early this morning. Imagine that!

But…..though I did enjoy that extra hour under the covers, when I got up, I kind of felt lost. I really didn’t know if I was coming or going! Coffee had to be made; Drew’s shirt had to be ironed because the Lacrosse team had to dress up today. (I rarely iron!) Mike’s lunch needed to be made, and the gym was beckoning me since I missed yesterday. AHHHH!!!! So much to do! I didn’t want to do any of it. I wanted to sit down with my coffee, Bible, candle, and Jesus.

It has been one of those mornings when everything has gotten out of order and turned around. I did finally have my quiet time after everyone went to school and work, but it just didn’t feel the same. I know God is present with me when the sun comes up, but it just seems like I can hear him better that last hour of darkness.

When is your favorite time to sit with the Lord? What helps you in your quiet time to focus and feel His presence?

I pray you have a blessed Friday and weekend. See ya Monday! (Hopefully after an hour in the dark with Jesus!)

Much love,

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:3

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