Day 22: Starting Your Day Quietly

{This post is part of my 31 Day blog series Work Hard + Rest Well: Learning Obedience in the Rhythms of Work and Rest.} If you’re a first-born, A-type personality like me, you might like to start your day with a bang. Get up. Go. Do. Accomplish. Conquer. I certainly do. In fact, in high school I developed a habit of launching myself out of bed at the first sound of my alarm clock so quickly that I often became lightheaded and had to sit back down again immediately.

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And starting the morning by sitting still with my Bible and journal doesn’t fit into my personality type very well. My mind races. Then my pulse races. And it’s not very quiet or restful or worshipful.

But I’ve been making it a habit for the past two years, and when I can wrestle my heart into a place of still and worship and humility and quiet before God first thing in the morning, it makes all the difference. My perspective is more peaceful. My heart is quiet and trusting. My day is more productive. My thoughts are filled with a lot more grace than comes natural to me.

And I say wrestle my heart into a place of still” because many mornings it is just that. A battle of heart and mind and emotions. A intense struggle between the drive to do and the knowledge that what my heart really needs is still.

Because good things never come without work. Because the best things never come with out sweat and struggle.

I used to excuse myself with those four little words that slip so easily across our lips…“It’s just so hard." But that’s the point. Things that are worth working for require work.

So I purpose to wrestle my heart into quiet each morning in the comfy corner of our sectional couch, usually with smoothie sitting next to me on our found-on-the-side-of-the-road side table. And the mornings that is works, it makes all the difference.

Because in the quiet I can hear my Savior’s whispers of love. I can see His glorious beauty. I can hear the beatings of His heart. I can dig into the depths of my own need and find freedom in Him.

So I wrestle to find rest. I work and I plan and I purpose and I wrestle my own heart into a place where I can receive rest.

Because the things that are worth working for require work.

Be blessed <3