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Coffee Please

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God welcomes us with open arms. It's not about how we get there, but that we show up. He is always waiting to transform us.

Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing. (Proverbs 27:14 ESV)

Are you a morning person? God bless you. Truly. Just please, please give us night hawks some grace.

I have two friends . . . one rises up with praise on her lips and the other one – like me – crawls out with a nasty film sealing her mouth shut. And it’s a good thing.

We all love the Lord and each other. It’s just that some of us tend to not want to verbalize – or hear – any mutual adoration until we’ve had our first cup of coffee and a long, hot shower.

Is anyone relating to this? Does this sound familiar? Can I hear an ‘Amen’?

When I’m at a women’s retreat, it’s interesting to watch the group in the morning as they congregate around the breakfast buffet. What a hoot to watch the night hawk ladies tolerating (in love) the morning risers. Truth be told, as I am often the speaker at these events, I sometimes have to send my prayer partner downstairs to fetch me breakfast, (best to spare them my grumbling grogginess). Gingerly, she returns to our room, pushing the tray towards me as she backs slowly out the door. It doesn’t take me too long to find my humanness. As I sip on some coffee, eating a few bites while I read the Word in silence, He fills me with his presence and peace.

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8

Often women tell me they can’t do their devotions in the morning because they aren’t a morning person. I heartily disagree. While I may not be taking selfies or Instagram worthy pictures of my time with the Lord (does anybody really need to see my mascara stained pillow?) I do crawl into His lap before I fall out of bed. Morning dredgers need to sit with Him more than anyone!

Just remember, it’s not about how we get there, but that we show up. He is always waiting to transform us grumpy, growly women. Just do us night hawks a favor – you sweet morning people – and sit on your eager blessings until we slow starters find the bottoms of our coffee mugs.

Lord, I thank you that you welcome us with open arms and that even our morning breath won’t keep you away! Help us to hear your tender, quiet voice first thing, and prepare our hearts for our day.

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