Listen. Do you hear that? Quiet. Peaceful quiet. One of my favorite times of the day is when I awaken before everyone else in the house and slip into my comfortable chair, grab my blanket, and listen. God always shows up in these moments. Actually, he’s the one who pursues me to this place. As I lie in bed, I hear his voice calling me to come away with him for a few minutes.

This time is a treasure. Open Bible. Open notebook. Open heart. As I seek the Lord, journaling my thoughts, I listen for his voice. He gives me what I need for the moment, for the day, for my journey. He always shows up!

Open Bible. His Word is valuable to me. I believe it holds the answers to all of life’s questions. The Bible is just as relevant today as when it’s words were written.

Have you forgotten how much God loves you? Read Isaiah 49:16: “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.”

Are you feeling guilty and ashamed? Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus.” You can let go of those feelings because you are in Christ, and he is in you!

Do you wonder if God is mad at you? Psalms 86:15 reminds us that the Lord is a compassionate and gracious God who is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

What are the questions that you would ask Jesus if he were sitting here with you? I imagine him in the room with me, curled up with his own blanket, a cup of coffee and cinnamon roll on the table next to him.  You know the pure, heavenly kind—no caffeine or hydrogenated fats! He’s sharing his words and I’m taking them into my heart, frantically trying to write down every thought so I won’t forget. He smiles, as if to say, “Daughter, we have forever. Take your time!”

This is my treasured time of day. What is yours? Are you able to carve out a place to spend time with the Lord? Maybe it’s nap time, travel time or time spent waiting at appointments. Your time doesn’t have to look like mine, but ask the Lord to show you where you could spend some time with him.

Psalms 119:105 says; “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Matthew 6:33 reminds us to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” God is calling you into relationship. The beautiful kind, where you are conversing with each other. Open heart.

Lord, may we take the time to sit with you and open our Bibles to seek you. May we open our hearts to hear your voice. Thank you that you are here with us, ready to share your heavenly wisdom. You are a good, good God.