Wake up. Take a moment with God.
Bust it downstairs and wake up my son for school.
Have a love snuggle with my husband (ahhhh, NICE!)
Head for the kitchen, put dishes away.
Go wake up son again for school.
Get breakfast started. Get out stuff to make lunch (while seriously applauding all who’ve figured out how to make it the night before!)
Knock on son’s door to see how it’s going…
He’s still under the covers??
He needs to be on the bus in 15 minutes, people!
Make lunch…don’t forget the napkin note!
Call to son who has just now left his room.
He’s still in pj’s & sportin’ his peacock hairdo’ from the night before?!
Lunch made…Oh my gosh, his homework!
I never got to check it last night…again!!
Speed-check homework and hope for the best.
Get breakfast on table.
Call to son
There is NO WAY I’m waking his sister and driving him to school…
He’s here! He’s in the kitchen!!
Eat! Eat! Eat!
Shoes! Shoes! Don’t forget your shoes!
Get school folder and lunch in book bag…Why won’t it fit?!
Okay, shoes…lunch…book bag…Your violin! Where’s your violin?!
Okay, bus is coming!
Give me a kiss!
More or less, that’s the typical first hour of awakening in our home! Surely we can’t be the only ones who hustle like this to get our days (& our families) rolling out that door!
So, how do you keep your focus on God during all that wildness?
I mean, for real, if that’s just the first hour of the day, how do we even stand a chance of keeping our eyes on the prize of Christ when the flurry around us is a constant, never-ending (albeit beautiful) frenzy of demands and time constraints?Why not settle your heart on one of these verses, and let God take it from there…After all, it’s only through Him that we’ll find the peace, strength, and clarity that we all so desperately need!
Look to The Lord and his strength;
Seek his face always.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you,
never will I forsake you.”
This is what the LORD says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the LORD.”
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
To the one who seeks him;
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life…
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
Be strong, and take heart,
all you who hope in the LORD.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.