tending tuesday: a slice of heaven

Welcome to Tending Tuesday!

This week I want to introduce you to Leslie C. Glass. She is an encourager, writer, and morning mentor.  She helps women develop spiritual morning rhythms that they are committed to and confident in.  Her latest release is the Summertime Journal for the First Fruits Woman, a daily guide to a faith-filled morning; it is available on Amazon now.  Leslie lives in Georgia with her husband and children where they attend First Presbyterian Church. 

Here is how Leslie tends her way by the Word…

My alarm goes off at 5:15 when school is in session.  During the summer, it might push to 6am.  My kiddos are eighth and second grade right now, with differing starting and ending times.  While in school, I leave to take the early bird eighth grader at 7am.  None of this may strike you as very spiritual, but I’m here to convince you that a 5:15 alarm (it isn’t the time, by the way, but rather the posture) is a spiritual discipline indeed. 

My first 15-30 minutes of awake time start with a night sky outside, lamp light inside, and only the quietest sounds I’m trying hard not to make.  It’s a slice of hidden heaven and here’s why I wholeheartedly believe it’s deeply spiritual:

  1. Exclusive – This early morning time before the rest of my family is moving around (or at least not much) is dedicated to fixing my eyes of Jesus.  I don’t have to share it with anyone else.  There are no appointments booked or chores that must be done before dawn.  It’s a tucked away time to read the Word, chew on Truth, offer prayers to my Savior, and love him with all my mind, body and soul. 
  2. Identity – Meeting with the Lord first thing in the morning means I’m coming only his beloved.  I haven’t put on my chauffer and cook hats yet.  I’m not trying to impress anyone with my looks.  The day hasn’t demanded anything of me yet.  I can just be me – offering my full attention and receiving love and grace in full.
  3. Example – All throughout Scripture, we see examples of men and women seeking and honoring the Lord early.  King David announces, “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.”

Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly,”(Psalm 5:3 NLT). The Proverbs 31 woman “rises while it is yet night,”(Proverbs 31:15 ESV). Even Jesus rises “before daybreak the next morning” to be alone as he prayed (Mark 1:35 NLT).

4. Attention – In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus profoundly connects what we treasure to our hearts (Matthew 6:21). I dare say we gravitate first to things we treasure, right?  Since the Bible says, “his mercies are new every morning,” let’s run to him every morning treasuring his gracious mercies.  You may be reading and praying still sleepy and you may feel unsure that you even know what you are doing.  Yet, this discipline of a wake up centered on Christ will cause you to treasure this time and treasure your Savior. 

There’s no magic alarm time and there’s no pursuit of perfection in this discipline of offering the Lord the first slice of your day. 

Yet, there is a rich relationship, an identify shift and a faithful outlook to the day waiting to be gained.   

If you’re ready to give this a try, adjust your alarm in 15 minute increments until you find your own sweet spot. 

Begin with just your Bible and a journal, saving any other devotionals or books for a later time.  Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal his truth to you as you read so you may learn more and more about the One who’s saved you.  Don’t worry about reading enough or for the right amount of time; the Lord will honor your offering of time and attention. 

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