Quiet Solitude // A Grateful Heart

There is something beautiful about being able to just be somewhere. Admittedly, I am actually very terrible at this. I am always thinking of what comes next, what’s next on my to-do list, or where I’m going that afternoon. But as I shared yesterday, I’m embracing the idea of 2016 being a year of grace-filled progress. And that means being gracious with myself a bit more than I usually am.

The past few mornings, I have made a point to set my alarm a few minutes earlier so that I can spend some time with the Lord. My devotional for this year is Savor by Shauna Niequist and although I am not the best with keeping up with devotionals, I hope I succeed with this one. Even though it goes against my night owl-ish tendencies, I do actually enjoy waking up a little earlier, especially if it means a productive day.

It’s no secret that regular quiet time with God is absolutely key to our relationship with Him, but candidly, I have not been devoting the time to God that I should have. I wake up at an awful hour of the morning since I get to work at 6am every day (I have a long-ish commute and I wait to have my coffee/breakfast until I get to work before my students arrive at 7am), and I go to bed super early because of that.

I heard the pastor at my church say once that our quiet time should be at the time of day in which we are at our best and being an early riser, the morning time was his time for prayer. I tried utilizing the evenings for prayer and reflection, but it just hasn’t felt right. I’m not sure how my morning quiet time is going to look now that I am back at work, but I am so grateful for the quiet moments that my soul so desperate needs. 2016 is off to a quiet, but powerful start.

What are you grateful for this week?

This post is part of Ember Grey’s weekly Grateful Heart linkup. Want to share your gratitude this week? Link up your blog post by clicking through the image below!

A Grateful Heart with Ember Grey

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