I recently read that the first 10-15 minutes of your day can determine how the rest of your day will go. I pondered that for a second as I replayed how many of my days turned out when I jumped out of bed and hit the floor running (and I don’t mean working out!). One or more of my children always needed me before I was ready to start the day. On those days I just didn’t feel filled. I had less patience (if any at all!), I felt crabby (nope, coffee can’t fix that kind grouchy), I was bombarded by negative thoughts (some of which I would beat myself up with over and over again), and my cup was half empty all day. That is not the kind of mom, wife, daughter, sister, or friend I want to be.
Three years ago, when our fifth blessing was born, I was hard pressed to find ANY time to myself. The time I spent in prayer was short and usually while doing something or the spontaneous “God, please help me” prayers. I knew this was only for a season. But I still searched and searched for a powerful and efficient way to pray and give God the time He so much deserved (and that I hungered for). So I found a wonderful Bible called “The One Year Bible New Testament for Busy Moms” which breaks down the New Testament into 5- minute readings so you can read the New Testament in one year. It is perfect for using with my “15-minute Prayer Punch” which uses a power punch of scripture to prepare you for your day.
It is so tempting to press the snooze button and get that extra 15 minutes of sleep, but is it worth it? When I take the first fruits of my morning and spend it with God I feel ready to face the day. I want to be the prayer warrior who prays boldly, believing in God’s mighty power. It doesn’t mean my day will be perfect and that nothing will go wrong. It doesn’t mean I will be the “perfect” mom, wife, daughter, sister or friend. Nor does it mean that my kids will be perfect. But it DOES mean God will be with me every step of the way. He will equip me with what I need to enJOY the JOYS of life and get through the tough times so I don’t have to do it in my own strength. I challenge you to set your alarm 15 minutes early and spend 15 Powerful Minutes with God. It will be worth it!