I love coffee. Actually, I love it so much it's also my favorite ice cream flavor. Most days, I'm okay with my decaffeinated cup, (after all, I am a breastfeeding momma). On a day like today, however, I put a heaping spoonful of a bold, caffeinated kind in the mix.
Today of all days I could use a bit of a jolt to my day. It's the first day my husband goes back to work. For over a week now, he's taken a paternity leave to help with our newborn. But today, I attempt to manage all three of our girls on a rainy day. So, now you understand my reasoning. A cup of coffee might give me the start to my day I need.
But let me be real here. As much as I love my coffee, I know it won't truly prepare me for my day. It won't give me what I need. This is why coffee doesn't always deliver. It simply supplies a bit of energy to push through my morning. And then what do I do? What do you do when the caffeine runs its course and you're left with the remainder of your day? (“Another cup” is not quite what I'm looking for here. :) )
Seriously though, what gets you through your day when the laundry is piled high, you have deadlines to meet, and your living room is cluttered with toys? Will your coffee get you through the chaos? How about on the days when the entire day seems like a high mountain to climb and it's only 8 AM? Will your caffeinated drink deliver?
Now, don't get me wrong. Like I said, I love coffee, but what I'm getting at here is more than banning our beloved, morning drink.
What I'm getting at here is more than a drink.
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”
Psalm 90:14, NIV
God satisfies us with his unfailing love. He renews our joy in him. That's more than a strong cup of coffee, don't you think? He is what will get us through those mounds of laundry, messy kitchen, and misbehaving children. He will give us what we need.
We need to spend time with him, Sisters. Before grabbing what we think will prepare us for our day, how about grabbing our Bible? Or better yet, how about sitting down to read with a cup of coffee in hand?
And yes, I know it's hard. I don't know about you, but there are some mornings I just want to sit with my coffee and not do a thing. I don't feel like opening the Word. It's hard, but even if I spend a few minutes in his Word or in prayer, I have pursued God, and I trust his Word will transform my day.
And even if my day doesn't get any easier, I at least have started it by gaining a more eternal perspective:
My day is really all about glorifying God.
And more of an eternal perspective is just what we all need in order to see our day differently. And you know what else? God will satisfy us when we spend time with him. He is the source of all our joy.
For this week's study, we will be reading in the book of Psalms. On days when I'm struggling to open my Bible, I turn to the book of Psalms and read a chapter. So, that's what we are going to be reading this week. Please click here to download the reading guide.
Let's begin this week's study by reading a verse from Monday's passage.
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,” Psalm 146:5, NIV
As you read this verse, consider the following questions:
What does this verse promise when we hope in the Lord?
At the start of your day when you know there are several challenges ahead, what would it look like for you to hope in the Lord?
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