It is a beautiful Saturday morning. The sky is clear, the wind is still and the sun is shining. I sit on my front porch with my Bible on one side and my coffee on the other. I am breathing in the beauty of God's creation.
My morning did not start out this peaceful. I quietly got out of bed at 7:20am and tiptoed into the living room. I sat down at the computer and turned it on, (my first mistake of the morning). Then I heard it, thump, thump, thump, coming from the stairs. "You have got to be kidding me," was the first thing that ran through my head. It was only 7:30am (on a Saturday) and my little one was already awake.
I put her on the couch, filled her sippy cup with chocolate milk and turned the TV on to Dora the Explorer. I got her all settled in for a few Saturday morning cartoons and I turned back to the computer, (my second mistake of the morning). About 15 minutes later, she was done with cartoons and she wanted to play. I was so frustrated. I did not want to play a game at 8:00am."Couldn't she tell that I was busy?!"
She got just as frustrated with me and decided it was time to wake up daddy. She came back out a few minutes later and said, "Daddy and I are having eggs, you can have some if you start being nice." Ouch! Obviously my husband had heard me telling her, "no I am not going to play a game with you."
So I started my day over. I put away the computer. I made a strong pot of coffee, (I should have made it when I woke up, but I was trying to be quiet, so I wouldn't wake anyone up???) and I picked up my Bible.
I turned to the book of Galatians and I went straight to the Fruit of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
Well, I pretty much failed every part of this scripture and it was only 8:30am. I decided to turn back to Galatians 1 and I began to read. I got to Galatians 1:10 and I lingered there for awhile.
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
My mind went immediately to this blog.
I began writing to share my faith journey. I wanted all of my writing to bring Glory to God. I wanted to share God's Word with anyone reading my blog. Yet, this morning I turned on the computer before I opened my Bible. . .
I decided I needed to keep reading. I stopped again at Galatians Chapter 2, verse 2 ". . .I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain."
I continued to read the entire book of Galatians. I need to go back and read it all again. There is a lot more I want to share with you on another day.
I leave you with this promise I made to myself and to God. When I wake up I will reach for Him first and share my reflections with all of you later.
Right now I need to go inside and have my eggs. I guess my husband and daughter decided I started to be nice.
God's blessings to you on this beautiful Saturday morning. May the Son shine brightly upon your day and may you see Him in all you do.