I've kind of joked around with Insanity and the encouraging words Shaun T. uses to keep you motivated. It must work for me, though, because I am still doing it and still loving it.
My favorite phrase he says is, "Dig deeper! You can freaking do this!"
Because, you know what? I can. I can poop out really fast, too. It takes a whole lot less self-encouragement and arguing with my body to have it just sit on the couch instead. But I know, at the end of the day, I'd be annoyed with myself.
And then, I hear God whisper to me, "Dig deeper."
And my first reaction is, "I will later, Lord. I want to (fill in the blank) first."
And my day goes on with more things that come "first."
But lately, I've been getting up early because Hannah has given me a 6:30am wake up call to use the rest room. "Mommy!! I need to go peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!" Thank you for that, Pretty. So, I've taken the opportunity to read my Bible and start a journal again before the kids are awake. And you know what? I can freaking do this, too. And I want to. And I feel like something is missing when I haven't done it. And He is faithful to whisper still, "Carrie, dig deeper."
The difference of starting my day with the Lord in unexplainable, except that His grace seems to be in abundance when I have tapped into Him.
I have found what I call my "Sweet Spot" with the Lord. My yellow chair flanked by two corner windows and a little table with a lamp on top for light. It's where I meet with Him in the morning and offer Him my day and all that is contained in it. Because He already knows it. Because He's already seen it, walked it, and graciously given me the day that He has made.
Oh God of mine, I’ll have no idols
Oh God of mine, come lead the way
Oh God of mine, I’m greatly humbled
This sinner’s heart You came to save
Oh God of mine through storm and trial
Oh God of mine through death and grave
Oh God of mine in resurrection
Your scars display my soul’s refrain
Oh God of mine Who holds all nations
Oh God of mine Who saves the day
Oh God of mine, Your grace sufficient
And tender mercies new by morn
Oh God of mine, forever faithful
Oh God of mine, forever stay
Oh God of mine, forever after
These eyes upon Your face will gaze
Have you found your "Sweet Spot" with God?