And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him followed him, and they found him and said to him, “Every one is searching for you.” Mark 1:35-37
In the morning, please sit with me, God. Open my heart to your Word so that your grace floods my soul and it is what fuels my day.
Before you talk to anyone in the morning, listen to God. This one practice of a time set aside to pray in your own lonely place can transform your life. It can turn the chaos of your inner running dialogue with your critical self into a quiet conversation of grace with your Creator that replays itself all day long. Set the alarm a little early and put yourself in the presence of God. When your family comes looking for you, let them find you in prayer.
Some more thoughts on Mornings with Jesus:
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Motherhood can feel like the loneliest vocation in the world. Surrounded by children, who frequently bring us to our knees, both literally and figuratively, we can be overwhelmed by isolation. Mothers need community. We can be community for one another. We can encourage on another and hold each other accountable. If you like these short devotions, please share the image and send another woman here. And when you're here, please take a moment to pray with another mother who is visiting. Leave a comment and when you do, pray for the woman whose comment is just above yours. Just a moment--blessed--will begin to build community.
I like to pray when I run in the morning. Often, I listen to Divine Office and pray Morning Prayer or the Office of Readings. Then, I just take up a conversation with God. I'd love to pray for you! Please leave your prayer requests below and we can pray for each other, no matter how we spend our morning prayer time. Meet me back here tomorrow and I'll share the ponderings from my #morningrun.