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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

oh, oswald.

Do ya'll just love Oswald Chambers?
I do.

I loved "My Utmost for His Highest", the devotional, in high school and I loved it in college. I took a few years off and just picked it up again a few weeks ago. Perhaps I should be embarrassed that something that was spiritually deep for me in the early years of Jesus-life is still spiritually deep, but I'm not. It's the perfect amount to read in the morning and the Lord always uses it to prompt me to confess something, pray for someone, or change some behavior.

In college, I was a morning girl - I'd get up early, spend time with Jesus and love life. I stopped when we got married and started real life jobs and such and I never quite went back to it.
Um, if you got to sleep next to the hottest man on earth - you wouldn't be so quick to get out of bed, either - so quit judging.
Especially after I had kids, when I heard moms talking about getting up early to spend time with the Lord - I thought they were a little nuts. If my babes were asleep in the morning, so was I. Then a few weeks ago, I figured 'hm... I only have a few weeks till tres is here, my kids basically sleep till 7:30 or 8am, I should be taking advantage of this'. I didn't want to set my alarm and wake up Nick (it's on his side of the bed), so I had a frank conversation with the Lord and asked Him to help me wake up early so we could meet.

Each morning since then (excluding my sleep-in gift from my husband last Saturday), my eyes have just opened sometime between 6:30 and 6:40am. This is NOT me being boastful about getting up early, cause I do NOTHING to promote it. I even kind of usually try to fall asleep again, until I feel convicted and roll out. Plus, after two mornings - Nick told me he was proud of me, and I'm a sucker for that.

Anyhow, the point is - I'm loving it. I get dressed real quick, start the coffee, grab Oswald and spend some time with Jesus. I highly suggest it for mamas who need something consistent and semi-quick. Every morning I want to post like sixteen quotes on the old blog to inspire, so maybe if some of you come out of the woodwork saying you read it, we can make it a weekly venture.

love love.


InthemiddleofLIFE said...

i told you He could wake you up! Isn't our Lord sweet? Even for those of us morning slugs...when we ask, He nudges. And coffee, yes. I think it was His special gift to our early morning quiet times. Sometimes I force myself to drink a whole glass of water during the first bit of q.t. just so I don't worship the bean:)

Carrie said...

love this- just spent last ten minutes searching for the book- I KNOW IT IS HERE- so now I will pray that as the Lord has been waking you up, that He will show me the location of this book in our house. In my search did find, Case for Christ by Strobel, another goody. So maybe my plan will be to get up and do a Proverb out of the Message (love that version to switch it up) and some Strobel.
Funny you write this- I just emailed Linds yesterday and said I needed to start my mornings with God.
I emailed Lauren- hoping Linds and I can take her to dinner, have dinner or lunch or coffee and be friends. And I already like her- cause I like her blog!!

Have a great day-

kellycowan said...

NICE! perfect for what we were talking about today. thanks friend.

N. Toft said...

yes. love that ozzy...time to pick it back up. thanks for the nudge. must reclaim the mornings now that the babe's practically a toddler at 8 weeks!