Monday: A Place to Worship

This Morning's Worship Song.

A Place to Worship

A Time to Clean: Day 16

Yesterday I encouraged you to set aside a time each morning for prayer and devotion. As we clean our hearts and our homes, this is so important if we want to make lasting changes! Without God's ever present help, we can't change on our own.

Sometimes {okay, a lot of the time} waking up earlier than we absolutely have to is difficult. I mean, if I don't have an early morning appointment at the dentist one hour from my house, waking up extra early isn't necessarily appealing. Unless you happen to be a real, true morning person.

When I was younger - like a teenager - I loved to stay up really late reading books and sleep in late. I also noticed that I seemed to get my "second wind" in the evenings and would want to start an activity late. I considered myself a night owl. In fact, when I was a kid my mom used to tell me to turn out the lights when I was ready to go to bed and she would go on to bed herself. I loved staying up late.

As a mother, I realized very early on that staying up late and taking care of children who can be very needy around breakfast time just didn't work all that well if I wanted to have some energy and a cheerful disposition in the morning.

But that doesn't mean I wanted to wake up earlier than I absolutely had to.

It wasn't until I began keeping a prayer journal that I found myself with a deep desire to meet with God early in the morning to start my day off right. I can honestly testify that I notice a real difference in my day {and my whole life} when I'm having that dedicated time each morning to drink of the Living Water.

If my heart is a vessel and each day I pour a little bit of that Water into each activity I pursue, eventually I need to stop for a refill. Wouldn't it be better to start off the day with a full tank?

"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14 KJV

There have been times in my life when I needed to sleep a little later. Seasons where my body needed extra sleep. And that's okay. But don't allow yourself to make excuses. You know if you could be waking up earlier.

These days the early morning hours are amazing. I love waking up early. And honestly, if I sleep in even a little bit, my day just isn't the same. I don't get everything done. But, waking up early and being productive only really works if I go to bed early enough to wake up without having to drag myself out of the bed.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Have you heard that saying before? It really is true that getting up early makes a huge difference in how productive your day is. I promise!

A Place to Worship

In my house, I have a favorite comfy chair in my living room. It's my favorite spot to curl up in the early morning for prayer. Do you have a special place in your home to worship God? Some items you might want to consider placing in your special place:

  • comfortable seating
  • a blanket
  • a Bible
  • devotional book
  • Bible study tools {commentary, concordance, etc.
  • prayer journal
  • pen
  • box of tissue

You could keep these things in a basket near your chair or in the room. You might enjoy lighting a candle and pouring yourself a cup of hot tea to sip while you read. You may even enjoy having a cd player or a speaker for your iPod. I personally love music by Fernando Ortega and David Carnes.

As you clear the clutter in your heart and home, think about how you can make your personal worship time a special time for you and God to meet together. What will encourage you to wake up just a little earlier?

Do you have a favorite place to pray in your home?

Today's Goal

  • Do you have a favorite place in your home for personal worship? How can you make your worship place special?
  • Pray about making hard decisions – about what things you should keep, preserve, or let go.
  • This week we're working in our Bathrooms. Do as much as you can to fill a bag with clutter and continue to declutter other areas around your home as you're able.
  • This week we want to continue with the routine of of going to bed with a clean kitchen, sparkling sink, and clear counters if you aren't in this habit already as well as making sure your the areas you have already cleaned are neat before you turn in at night.
  • Fill at least one bag or box full of stuff to give away.
  • Take a picture of your bag. Share it in our Facebook group and Instagram if you life - use hashtag #atimetoclean
  • Do your best to wake up early tomorrow, read tomorrow's lesson and spend time in prayer. Write in your prayer journal.