This post goes out to all of the mamas that feel like everyone else is a success when they can start their day in a quiet room, with their coffee, and their Bible. So here’s to you (and me), the night owl mamas.
While the early morning hours sound like a lovely way to start your day, it just does not ever happen for me. Then I feel like a failure.
Everyone else seems to be able to get up earlier than their kids, their husbands, their animals even – Just not me.
So, the more I thought about the fact that I am (and always have been) a night owl, it makes way more sense to me that I can seek Him at anytime. It doesn’t have to be in the pre-dawn hours of the day, I’m pretty sure that the Bible does not state at what time I should seek Him, it just says, Seek Him.
That being said, I absolutely admire the women that are able to get up early and spend time in His presence, getting their day started by spending quality time with Jesus. I have managed to do this in certain seasons of my life, but ultimately, falling back asleep on my Bible never did me any good.
Am I suggesting that you must seek Jesus at midnight? Of course not. But after the kids go to bed, sure. Even after your husband is snoring, sure, if it works for you.
What I am suggesting is making the time in the quiet of the night to read, pray, and seek His face. I am suggesting that we use the same quiet that others experience in the pre-dawn hours, instead it will be the post-noise of the day hour.
Even after a long day filled with kids, homeschool, a new puppy, chores, and work, I can find the time to fellowship with my best friend Jesus.
It boils down to this: if I can find the time to binge watch a TV show on Netflix after my kids go to bed, surely I can binge read my Bible, filling my soul with the Good News.
There is nothing, NOTHING, that will ever fulfill me as the word of God does.
It is a balm to my soul.
It is like a long drink of water that I crave.
It is the meat that I need to sustain my spirit and encourage my spiritual growth.
Then why do I set myself up for failure? Why do I allow guilt to wrack my soul because I cannot seem to make seeking Jesus at dawn work for me?
I know that He hears me when I call on Him – so why not at midnight?
I know that He longs to hear my voice – so why not at midnight?
I know that He waits for me to seek Him – then seeking Him at anytime will do, even at midnight.
Deuteronomy 4:29 (NIV) – But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul.
Acts 17:27 (NIV) – God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out and find Him, though He is not far from any of us.
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) – And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Psalm 119:2 (NIV) – Blessed are those who keep His statues and seek Him with all their heart.
So, starting January 31, 2016 (I will have a new post), I am making myself (and you too if you would like to join me) accountable to read and journal about the verse that is chosen for the week in my new series Midnights with Jesus.
On the following Sunday (February 7, 2016) I will post the accountability post with the verse as a reminder, as well as the next verse that I will be using. I will then share what I learned from the pervious week’s verse. Such as:
- Extra verses I was led to read
- How I felt when I read the verses
- What I learned from that passage
- My personal thoughts and feelings
If you would like to share in the comments, or link-up with your blog post, I would be blessed to read what touched your heart and soul with the Bible verse.
I have the first PDF (Midnights with Jesus Month 1) that you can download with the verses for the month. Feel free to download them and print them out.
I am going to print them onto card stock and then cut them out. I will keep them in a prayer box (a plastic 3×5 or 4×6 storage container), so that I can readily access them at a later date. Like this:
This will be a time for me to journal what I have learned as well as make the time to read the Good Word that God has set before me.
I pray that this will help draw me closer to Him as I seek Him at midnight (or at least before bedtime!) and I hope that you can join me as well.
There will be a link open each week for 7 days if you would like to join in with your blog posts. I would love to be able to have you follow along as well as see where the Lord leads you and I.
Many blessings to you as you seek to find Him, no matter the time of day. So, no more mama guilt, seek Him so that He may be found and do not let the devil convince you that it has to be only in the mornings.
See you soon as I begin the newest adventure – Midnights with Jesus.
In His Grace.