Monday, January 30, 2012

The Best Part of Waking Up...

What’s your best part of waking up every morning? Is it Folgers in your cup? Pancakes and sausage? Reading your daily devotions and morning news?

The best part of waking up for me is the peace and quiet around the house, and a chance to read the day’s devotions from “Jesus Calling,” along with a quick K-cup of coffee.

Over the years, I’ve found that my day runs so much smoother if I connect with God first, and then move on with the rest of my daily routine. And this is an example of what I mean by a smoother day:

I had a leisurely twenty minutes to deposit money at my bank down the road, and then pick up my daughter from school. But twenty minutes flew by quickly when I discovered AFTER I left the bank that they gave me some elderly man’s cash and driver’s license.

I know this doesn’t sound like a smooth day, but looking back—the poor guy got his cash and driver’s license back, my daughter eventually got picked up from school and we’re all okay. Smooth I said, not perfect.

Anyway, there are so many great devotional books to read, and currently I really like this one written by Sarah Young.

“Jesus Calling” is filled with short one-page daily readings written in first person as if Jesus were speaking directly to you. Of course, these readings are not inspired as Scripture is, but definitely a way to draw us closer to Him.

What's the best part of your day, after you're awake? Have you ever heard that your mind is freshest at the beginning of the day? For me, I believe it’s true. It’s the best time of day to schedule writing assignments. I think it would be great to finish my writing quota for the day, before I’m too exhausted to put my fingers to the keyboard.

Notice that I said, “I think it would be great.” What I really need now is some discipline for staying in my chair to write, and staying out of social media until I’m finished writing for the day…

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” --Psalm 118:24
~Marjorie DeVries


  1. Nice post.

    I always look out the window and say, "Good morning God!"

  2. Beautiful post, Marjorie! When I do manage to wake before my kiddos, I cherish the quiet as well. {though it is rare in this phase of my life. :)}

  3. Very interesting.

    In my case, I go through one year Bibles. I've read John MacArthur's OYB for the past several years, and am now doing Charles Stanley's.