“If the dough offered as first fruits is holy, so is the lump and if the root is holy, so are the branches.” Romans 11:16 ESV
Everyone loves a fresh start. The idea of being able to put down where you left off and pick up something completely new is something we all love. But no one loves a fresh start like someone with a raggedy past.
If you are anything like me, a raggedy past looks more like ending each day feeling like a straight up rag doll. No patience with my boys. . . constant frustration with my portion. . . cup is always half empty and problems always feel sky high.
I started getting serious about daily devotional time when I was 18 years old. The one thing I see consistently is that when my mornings dont begin with Jesus, my days are full of ugh.
This verse in Romans talks about how the beginning or root of something affects the entire substance. Whether it be trees or buildings, the depth of root or foundation brings stability to its entire existence. I apply this verse to my day to day life. When I am able to get up and give God the very first fruits of my time and attention, He gives a return of grace.
It is not always easy but here are a few things I have implemented to assure I get some quiet time with Papa before I give myself to everyone and everything else.
1. Get up first. This is my least favorite way to have quiet time because I am a pregnant mama of 3 boys & ya girl is tired. But I have found that in the still quiet mornings I can sit in the presence of God + mediate with no distractions. I try and wake up with Nathaniel’s alarm and begin my day because I know the boys wont be up for another hour.
2. Keep your bible and journal next to your bed. You know that spot that your cellphone owns on your nightstand? Yea well scoot the phone over & place your bible + journal there. 8 out of 10 people grab their cell phone off of their nightstand as soon as they wake up. Imagine if the only think in reach is the Word of God & we were just as eager to pick it up and “scroll” through as we were with social media. This helps me to choose devotion over the outside world.
3. Find that one spot. Ok so reality for some of us, especially moms, is that we are not going to always wake up and pray up before everyone else needs us. My kids tend to come down stairs at random and awful early times. When this happens I know just what to do. I put something on the iPad for them and then go straight to my closet to pray & offer those first fruits to Jesus. Once I’ve had a moment of quiet, I include them in my reading/ devotional time. But it is still so crucial I have that quiet time of prayer & listening to The Lord before I begin my day. So right there in the middle of a laundry filled closet I can sit with Jesus.
4. Figure out your why. For me the Bible is my introduction to God. I truly believe that in His Word is the only way we can know Him deeply. Without knowing God I feel like I do not know myself. So my why is that my purpose, my identity, my peace, my joy, is all wrapped up in Him & He is His Word. Without a why or a reason do we really ever follow through with anything?
No good gardener sees a plant dying & dismisses it until it is dead at the root. They will nurture it and assure that the damage never hits the root because they know that a strong & healthy root assures a thriving garden. Sis, how is your root? Take care of it, because from it the fullness of life is produced.