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Mornings Are Awesome Because

I feel like a pop star. Mostly because I am not yet wearing enough clothing (like Lady Gaga on stage or in a video). But also because my short hair sticks up like La Roux (especially if it was wet when I went to bed). Then I commence skipping about my house, making coffee, burning toast, and pausing to read for a few minutes at a time in various locations about the house.

That’s why I am a morning person!

 

Actually the real reason that I became a morning person was because of discipleship. And yes, I did become a morning person. I have as much trouble getting out of bed as the next person, but it’s a habit that I chose to develop by shoving my butt the hell out of bed every morning until it started to happen in its own. I highly recommend it. Start going to discipleship at 6 a.m., and workout classes at 5:30 on the days you don’t have discipleship. Do it consistently for a few months, and you will be a morning person too. I think.

 

Jan was my discipler (if I can make that a word) that summer that I became a morning person. She insisted that when we were mothers we would have to get up before our children to make sure we were full enough of the Lord first. She also showed us many places in scripture where God spoke in the morning and people missed it because they were too lazy. As John Mark said, revivals are born after midnight. Maybe that means staying up late, but maybe we should be waking up closer to “after midnight”—even fewer people do that.

My spirit wants me up and my body wants me asleep. Aren’t we supposed to listen to our spirits and not our bodies? I will not even begin to list the verses about body and spirit. I do recommend looking them up. I was reading through them a couple of weeks ago, and I began to wonder: what is my body pulling me toward, and what does my spirit crave? Which voice is saying what? In this case I know. Spirit says “Morning! Hear the birds! Hear his voice! How rich and beautiful and alive it all is in these smaller hours!”

 

Scripture for you: (Sorry, I am going to mix translations. If you want a fun game, guess which versions I quoted from!)

“So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone” (Exodus 34:4).

“And Jehovah, the God of their fathers, sent to them by his messengers, rising up early and sending, because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling-place” (2 Chronicles 36:15).

“And now, because ye have done all these works, saith Jehovah, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not” (Jeremiah 7:13).

“For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice” (Jeremiah 11:17).

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1:35).

“And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb” (Mark 16:2). (This is Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome. Yes, the first people to see Jesus after the resurrection saw him because they had risen early to tend to him.)

 

If you don’t fill up with light, you spend the day trying to squeeze it out of everyone else. I do. Or your computer, which is considerably less juicy for squeezing; however, you may argue that it does emit more light.

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A Drink Offering

I was just reading Philippians and ran across a line where Paul says, “Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.”

I am familiar with this idea, but I’ve never paid any attention to that specific verse before.

In the old testament, there is a scene–I don’t remember where it is–but God wants to wipe out the people and Moses stands in the gap and says that he would rather be cut off so that the people could know God than to experience God himself.

That is love.

Jesus made that sacrifice ultimately.

The heart of the Lord, which is the heart I seek to have, is that I would become a sacrifice upon the altar of someone else’s faith.

To have that heart would be a miracle. I am not made to love like that apart from his work.

 

UPDATE: Reading this verse brought to mind a chapter in Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra in which he says, “Of all that is written I love only what a man has written with his blood. Write with blood, and you will find that blood is spirit.”

Since then, I have pieced together various other sources that discuss the theme of bloodwriting and self-sacrifice. I hope to expand these ideas for an R&S blog post in the near future. If I finish and they take it, I will post the link on this site for you.