I don’t want to take one day for granted. It seems like a waste of the life God has so graciously given. It’s too easy to enter into a mundane-ordinary-existence, consumed with the pressures and problems of the day, missing the gift of God’s presence. I want to see beyond the schedules, tasks, and problems of the day, choosing to see what can only be explained as God’s holy work. I want to end the day in amazement of the work of God rather than from exhaustion of what I had to manage.
What better way to get started than with a fresh vision in the first fifteen minutes of the day?
This summer intentionally develop the habit of taking the first fifteen minutes of the day to look, observe, and go to the place of being amazed as God told Habakkuk (1:5). Of course, there needs to be more time carved out to meditate, study, and pray but taking the first fifteen minutes with God is about making a divine connection to begin the day and to form a fresh vision.
Taking the first fifteen minutes with God is refreshing for the soul and gives a new perspective to face the day, including the hard and down right difficult moments. And. I’ve learned the way I see life changes when I’m in a state of divine expectation. I have much more energy and enthusiasm for the day when I eagerly anticipate encountering the presence and power of God. Taking the first fifteen minutes to worship, to be in God’s word, and to pray raises my awareness of God.
So, I’m choosing to live amazed each day. It’s so much better than existing with boring faith.It begins with seeking God in the first fifteen of the day.
I hope you will take the time to check out the devotion, God’s Challenge, focusing on Habakkuk 1:5.
My view from the 3 Joy’s—-
The girls are constantly showing me how to look for the gift of the day. We surprised them with donuts when they stayed overnight a few weeks ago. It was like Christmas morning! I want to live with that kind of energetic amazement.
And, then there’s Ellie. Waking up from a nap is just plain fun. Everything seems to be an incredible experience for her! Why not live that way?
Take the first fifteen challenge–it’s worth trying–and developing a fresh perspective to live in amazement!
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)