Early.

Mark 1:35

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Towards the end of 2018 I felt something. I felt Jesus pulling me away from my blog. It wasn’t that it was hurting me, but I felt him saying, “You can do better.” He was right. I had been giving a half “a” effort in my writings and that isn’t fair to me or to any of my readers. I wanted to take a few weeks away in order to refresh my spirit and reorganize my plan for the blog in 2019.

With that said, I hope to make this more personal for everyone and my prayer is it will impact the way you live. Not through what I write, but what Jesus writes through me. Lets hop on in to the text. Who likes the morning time? How about early morning? Not me. One of my goals for 2019 though is to wake up earlier to spend time with Jesus. The text above gives us a beautiful picture of this.

Jesus was intentional. Therefore we must be intentional. If you are ever unsure of how you should act, ask yourself, did Jesus do that? Then really go look and see if he did! Learn about him. Being intentional about anything is hard. It means we have to care enough in the first place. I think we need a why behind our intentionality for it to work.

Jesus why was God. Why did he forgo extra sleep to pray? Because He knew it would strengthen His relationship with God. If God is truly the Lord of our life, shouldn’t we act like it more? I have been asking myself this question a lot lately. I am slowly beginning to live for myself again. I want my life to be a light through which Jesus can shine bright. That is my prayer for myself and my prayer for you all. Happy “late” New Year and go and embrace 2019 with all your heart. Take one step closer to Jesus today.

How can I be more intentional with Jesus?

Do I need to start praying before bed/when I wake up?

Dear Lord, thank you for being the perfect example of faith and obedience. Let us begin to look more like you today. Amen.

Have a great year!

C. Lyman

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