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Battle of the Blankets

Posted by Caitlin Carpenter on

I love to sleep. If you know me, you know I love my bed just as much as I love my food. I love sleeping with at least two pillows so it doesn’t feel like the bed is empty. I don’t like sleeping with a sheet because I feel too confined and it’s unsafe (my logic... I need to be able to have a quick escape if someone breaks into my room, I can’t be having my sheets tucked under my bed at all angles). I love sleeping like a starfish, sprawled out on every inch of my bed. I just love my sleep!

But my relationship with sleep can be unhealthy at times. Some days, I choose to sleep in until the very last possible moment before my day begins. Some nights I work extra hard to strategically plan my routine for the next morning so that I can be super efficient. Once in a blue moon, I’ll even sleep in most of my outfit for the next day so that I can sleep for an extra 5 minutes.

I’m telling you guys... it is bad. Sometimes it is so bad that on some mornings, I put God on the back burner. I choose to sleep in an extra hour or 30 minutes rather than spending time with the Lord. I tell myself, “well I can just do it later.”

That is NOT okay! God does not deserve to just “fit in” with my day. He deserves to get first priority as soon as I wake up. And it isn’t really because He deserves it (although He does) but it is because He changes the course of my day!

This month, our ministry starts early and ends late. We are eating breakfast by 6:30am and starting ministry by 7am. So I’ve had to discipline myself in getting up early to spend time with the Lord. My first alarm goes off at 5:07am and then my second one (just in case) at 5:17am. And to be honest with you, the discipline of getting up early and spending time with the Lord hasn’t been this huge revelation... but spending time with Jesus does fill my soul. His grace pours over my heart when it is dry. I? will always leave refreshed when I spend time in His presence, because He IS the source of nutrients for my soul.

Friends I want to encourage you, spend time with the Lord. Read the Bible. Turn on some music and worship. Dance. Write out a prayer. I promise you, you will be filled up. I promise you He will satisfy the deepest parts of your soul.


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