Ten-step plans are great for reorganizing our closets. A three-day map to potty training can be a game-changer. But, when it comes to ordering my day (and thereby ordering my children’s day) no amount of reading step-by-step instructions or planning ahead substitute for following the minute by minute direction of the Holy Spirit.
As I do most weekday mornings, I woke up today early enough to do my Bible study and get ready for the day before little feet were roaming the house. Over the last ten days I have begun a new morning habit of reaching for my Jesus Calling book after my alarm buzzes, prior to checking the latest in my inbox and Facebook (I wrote about this in my post Before You Look at the Flamingos).
In case you’re wondering if it has made any difference…it has! Changing the very first input of my day, has helped my attitude throughout the day, and prepared my heart for God to better speak to me during my Bible study time.
Back to this morning, the girls played sweetly together in Audrey’s room for twenty minutes while I nursed Beckett. After choosing their clothes and bringing them into Beckett’s room, as is our routine, I could hear the busyness of yesterday in their voices. Just a touch of raggedness tinged their words to each other, “Charlotte, you’re sitting on my socks.”
“Audrey, I was going to give that toy to Beckett.” I have watched our mornings derail rather quickly after a few of those ragged, tired comments. My heart whispered, Lord, help me.
“Girls, we are learning a new song in big church; it’s pretty easy, you want to learn it?” The girls nodded as they pulled on socks and undies. “Your praise will ever be on my lips. Ever be on my lips. Your praise will ever be on my lips. Ever be on my lips.” As I dressed Beckett, I sang the chorus over and over. The girls listened and chimed in here and there, and I felt the presence of the Lord in that little boy’s bedroom as we welcomed Him.
Those moments of praise changed the course of our day. I am sure of it—praise is powerful (that’s why the enemy works so hard to steal our song with disruptions and distractions).
But, here’s the thing—my first-born-make a plan and stick to it—write out a morning schedule—personality wants to cling to that song and that time of worship this morning. I am tempted to declare that every morning we will have a time of worship in Beckett’s room and we will sing that song. Now, starting the morning with praise is never a bad idea. The Bible tells us to enter His courts with thanksgiving and His gates with praise (Psalm 100:4).
However, the course of our morning was changed because the Holy Spirit prompted me and I obeyed. There is no magic formula for a great day. There is no 3-step process for taming a strong will. There is just God on His throne, speaking to me (glory!) through His Holy Spirit.
And, there is a choice. A choice to obey, or a choice to plow ahead with my way and my plans.
Join me today, follow His lead. You may be surprised what your day looks like when you do.
Share with my a time you’ve followed His leading.