I'm so excited to introduce you all to Nadine from A Secondary Heartbeat today! She has some truly encouraging thoughts to share with you on encountering Jesus throughout the day, not just in your morning routines.
My morning routine isn't fancy. It really isn't inspiring. But it is mine.
When my alarm goes every morning, once I've finished hitting snooze five times, I roll over, grab my phone, and typically hop onto Twitter and Instagram. As I read how others are doing, I slowly wake up. As I lie in bed, I often look at my ceiling and just think mindlessly about what I'll wear. I think about work, about the day that is about to happen, and just try to get ready in my head and in my heart.
I don't have a long or fancy morning routine. I value a later sleep-in over a long morning routine.
The morning isn't my deep heavy spiritual time. I am not the 5am girl who has her Bible out by 5:15. I'm the girl who is simply trying to redeem each part of my day with truth.
I know for myself, I have a real tendency to forget truth. It's easy for me to get caught up in lies and bad conversations. So I have to make sure I'm in my Bible multiple times a day. The scriptures center me so that I can better attempt to live out the gospel all day.
I remember sitting with a pastor from my church at a coffee shop last year. He asked me how my devotional life was, and I squeamishly mentioned that while it wasn't fantastic, it was better than it had been previously.
He encouraged me that instead of trying to have one devotional time each day, I should instead be looking for encounters with Jesus throughout my day.
It was then that I started to be intentional in the morning, in the mid morning, in the afternoon, in the early evening, and at night - at every moment, to be looking for Jesus.
Prayer wise, I find I tend to pray a lot more in the evening than in the morning. I tend to have the most questions for God late at night as I try to fall asleep. So while I try to pray continuously throughout the day as best I can, my big huge prayers are at night.
Once I've determined what type of morning it is (do I work today?), I get ready for my day. Pretty quickly, I'm out the door, two coffee travel mugs in hand.
I need the truth of the Gospel to start off my day. I need it to breathe freely, and to fluently speak truth to the people I encounter at work all day long.
Have you met Nadine from A Secondary Heartbeat yet? I encourage you to hop on over to her blog sometime today and read more about her Story. Her heart is gripped for the gospel, plain and simple. And I just love her honesty, humbleness, and truth filled writing, as Nadine says, "I'm just a girl. I'm nothing fancy. I haven't got much figured out, but what I've got is all because of the transforming and restoring work of the King of kings - His name is Jesus."