Friday, August 23, 2013

Good Morning, God!

Before coming here to write this post I said a quick prayer, "God, I've been without words these days but I would love to share with others how our morning time together this week has blessed me. Can you give me the words, even if only a few? If the words don't come that's okay. You showed me this week how three words can still bring glory to You. Thank you, Father. In Jesus' name I pray."

What would happen to this place I've created here if I had no words to share with you? At times the lack of words makes me sad. It leads me to question if He called me to write in the first place.

I've learned enough to know the answer is found when we seek Him.

But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. ~ Deuteronomy 4:29

I decided to accept a challengeThe HelloMornings Challenge.

My day now begins at 4:30 a.m. After showering and grabbing a much needed cup of coffee, I check-in on Twitter to tell my #HelloMorning and #HMCShine friends that I'm up and I then go meet God for at least 30-45 minutes.

For this HelloMornings series we are studying from the Book of Ephesians utilizing the Quench Bible Study, Glorious Grace, by Lara Williams and Katie Orr.

I've always been drawn to Paul, this follower of Jesus Christ. I remember when I first discovered Paul was previously known as Saul. As a relatively new Christian I'm always grateful for these new discoveries. Maybe I was drawn to Paul because the first book in the Bible I opened up as an adult and began to study was Philippians.

"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." ~ Philippians 4:19

I could try to share with you all I've learned about Paul through the first week of this study but the thoughts twirling around in my head are not translating to the written form. One thing God made overly clear to me this week was to trust Him and the plans He has for me.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~ Jeremiah 29:11

He also reminded me how deep His love is for me. So instead of fighting a battle to find words, I will continue to seek Him.

"Life is all about the Lord God. His gift. His calling. His pursuit. His healing. His salvation. His redemption. His plan. His will. His grace. And in God's grace He blesses His children abundantly." ~ Glorious Grace

I'm choosing to drown myself in God's glorious grace and trust that He does have plans for me. I completely surrender to Him and with the few words He does give me; I will proclaim how He gives life.

And I will pray as Paul prayed,

"...that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." ~ Ephesians 3:16-19


  1. Beth,

    I connect with what you said about not finding the words and wondering if you were supposed to be writing. I think I wrote today for some of the same reasons you shared. This journey through Ephesians will be a blessing.


    1. Thank you, Cheli. It help to know when we are not alone in our thoughts. I appreciate you sharing.

  2. Beth,
    So excited that you are waking early in order to "drown" yourself in God's Holy word. God has been waking me at an early hour for quite awhile in order that we might spend time together. I have been challenged lately to not only drink in His word, but to really work on committing verses to memory so that they will be in my "emergency kit" for when I need to draw upon them...both petition verses and praise verses. Will be happily thinking of you when I am up early!!
    Love you big bunches ((hugs)),

    1. Committing verses to memory is something I'd love to commit to but it's something I always struggle with. A have a few that I'm grateful to be able to drawn upon when really needed. I will be thinking of you too when I wake.
      And love you big bunches too, Bev. (((hugs)))

  3. 4:30!!! Wow! The earliest I've made it to is 5:30 during a season where it was about the only time I could get study done. My schedule allows for closer to 6-6:30 now. :) Thankful for that (says this recovering night owl).

    I'm so glad you are jumping into the challenge this fall!

    1. We will see if I am able to keep up the 4:30am wake-up call. I was feeling it over the weekend but ready to begin again tomorrow. Thank you for your heart to lead us all through this study. It has been a blessing already.


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