My Last Cup of Coffee
I generally have my devotions in the morning as soon as I get up after making a pot of coffee. This gives me a chance to connect with the Lord before any distractions. I start with the Holy Bible app and have several plans I read every day. Bible Gateway is another good app, which I use as a resource for Bible commentaries. In the Holy Bible app, you can type in the search board any topic you want to read about, such as love, anger, anxiety or hope. There are plans for those new to the Christian faith, such as How to Study the Bible, Teach Us to Pray, Divine Connection and many others. Right now I’m reading about serving others, making God a priority and becoming a fruitful believer. What’s cool is I can invite friends to read with me and share prayers and comments with each other. One of the phrases I read recently that stuck in my head is “Word before World”. Reading the Bible is so important before doing anything else. It’s a way of learning about God and developing a relationship with Jesus. The Holy Bible is the most widely read book in the world, with 3.9 billion copies sold over the last 50 years, according to businessinsider.com. It is truly the most amazing book, and your life will be changed in the most miraculous way!
After I read a few devotionals, I pick up a Bible and choose verses or a chapter if I have time. If you do this, you will gain new insight that can be applied to your life. There are Bibles that will explain the verses, one being the Life Application Bible. I also like the New International Version and the New Living Bible. Wikipedia says the Bible has been translated into 724 languages, some being closer than others to the original Hebrew and Greek languages.
I am trying to find a regular time in my day to read inspirational Christian books. I have a long list of books I would like to read. Some people like to read at night, but I have found it better to read in the morning. If I read early enough in the evening, I can stay awake. Otherwise, it makes me fall asleep! Not that it’s boring, or anything like that. I also prepare for a Bible study on Sunday mornings in Sunday School.
Everyone has a way they can connect with the Lord. Some listen or sing along to Christian music on YouTube or the radio. Ask Alexa for the top Christian music songs. Others like to light a fragrant candle or incense in a quiet part of the house. Find your own pattern.
The last part of my quiet time with God is prayer. My spirit connects with Him. His Holy Spirit is within me because I have accepted Jesus as my Savior. He is in me and I am in Him. Prayer is just a conversation with God. Listening is also a vital part, as He speaks to your heart at that time or different parts of the day or night.
My cue is my last cup of coffee. That’s when I pray. And if I have time, I make another pot. I don’t want to offend those that stay away from caffeine. We all have our vices, although I recently read a few cups a day can be good for you.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3 NIV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 NIV
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Joshua 1:8 NIV
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11 NIV
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
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