Tuesday, January 15, 2013

hello mornings: steadfast in prayer

a goodbye kiss from hubby on his way to work, a fresh cup of coffee on my bedside table, a quiet and dark house, children sleeping peacefully as the sun is barely beginning to rise, flipping open my devotional to absorb God's Word for me, quiet prayers pouring out of my heart...

that is my ideal morning. 

but it takes some effort on my part. i actually have to wake up, get out of bed, and pick up my bible. and there are many days when, after hubby leaves for work, i just want to stay in bed for "five more minutes". inevitably, i stay in bed until the kids wake up and then my QT with JC gets rushed or pushed back until later. those mornings are not ideal. 

and my word for 2013? steadfast. it's still early January and i already see areas where i need to be (and remain) steadfast

my intentional, dedicated morning quiet time of prayer, praise, and worship is how i start my day walking with God. before i check e-mail or look over my to-do list, before i start the dishwasher or even make the bed, i seek Jesus. first. steadfast. 

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. ...
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

Hello Mornings is an accountability group for women like me who want to start their day with God, but need a little extra motivation. thousands of women from all over the world have joined the challenge of waking up early to spend quality time in the Word, as they are encouraged by friends online. 

i am joining my prayer warrior sister Stef Layton as a Hello Mornings Accountability Captain this winter session. i'm looking forward to waking up to God, for God, with God! and encouraging other women to do the same. 

let us remain steadfast in prayer! prayerfully consider joining a Hello Mornings Group. registration opens January 16 here, and the Winter 2013 Challenge begins January 28. Stef and i will be connecting with a group on Twitter, @mamahall and @steflayton using #hellomornings

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, 
because they trust in you.