I’m not one to dread Monday’s usually but lately I have been. Mostly because I am in the last few weeks of school with my kids and there is a ton going on. I want to be school mom not working/school mom. My daughter is graduating high school in a few weeks and it’s busy. I just want to soak in my kids right now. But, it’s Monday. I’m working and the week has begun.

Today when I woke up, it wasn’t Monday I was dreading but the tasks before me, a heavy heart for my pain and others who are struggling and the busyness of the week. I usually do my tea time with God when I start work later. This week I start at 8 all week. However, I did my tea time at 6:30 am today. I was up but still laying in bed. I decided if I truly wanted to succeed in my day today, I needed to get up and get with God. I am glad I did.

My tea time with God is my time to connect in His Word (the Bible), share my heart with Him, listen to Him and sip tea while outdoors. It sets my mind on Him for the day. It’s my drop it at His feet moment. I texted a few friends to let them know I was praying for them. I prepared for my small group meeting tonight. I ate breakfast. I took a deep breath of morning air. I was still before God.

I am a morning person but getting up a bit earlier to have a quiet time is not my thing. I like to lay in bed and just chill. I think God is changing me. I often wake up with the cares of the world on my shoulders. So much runs through my head first thing in the morning. If I don’t release and cling to God and His truth, I will be drowning all day. Praying in my bed doesn’t seem to release it for me. However, something about my tea with God ushers me right to His presence and into peace. Some days I cry. Some days I am distracted. Some days I barely do anything on the porch. Every time – I feel God’s presence. I am changed by that time on my porch. The sacrifice of rising early, the warm tea, the cool air, the birds singing, all of that – ushers me to God.

Find your porch. It may be a favorite chair in the living room. It may be your dining table. It may be your backyard. It may be a walk around the block. For me, it’s sitting on my porch. This ritual has created a sacred space for me. Whether it’s Monday morning, a busy week or just life, find your porch. Get into His presence and start every day with Him.

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him ~ Nahum 1:7 NIV

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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