6:03 am, I woke up before my iPhone went off. I got up, walked gingerly to the anteroom/office, poured myself some water, and sit down in an armchair at a small desk with my bible opened. Thus, I had started my morning routine.
Just recently, I decided to get up about one hour earlier than my kids for my morning routine. This decision is not an easy one to make if I’m honest. I still breastfeed my daughter at least once during the night, and I don’t see myself as a morning person. But I knew to have a quality time with God in the morning is the best way to start the day. I wanted to give it a shot and hopefully form a new habit of rising early.
Thanksgiving, praying, listening, and reading the scriptures are the main things I practice each morning. On this particular morning, as I was posturing my heart to listen, a phrase came to mind, “You have everything you need.”
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1: 3 NIV)
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. ( John 15: 5 ESV)
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7 ESV)
God is the vine, and I am the branches. Getting up early to have my morning routine is my way to practice “abide in Him.” Meditating and pondering His words I received in the morning as I go about the day is my way to remain in Him. And, there is the promise for those who remain in Him like branches to the vine, “You have everything you need.”
I took this promise to heart, walked away from my tiny desk, feeling like a millionaire. I gained confidence and joy in knowing I have a God who owns the whole world and is also my good Shepherd, my Father. He is the provider of the strength, patience, and wisdom I need for my kids, the creativity I need for my work.
What do you need today? Finances? Job? Healing from your sickness? Emotional comfort? An intimate relationship? We all need these things at some point in life, don’t we? You are not alone.
No matter what we need, big or small, the promise of God remains true. Everything we need can be accessed in Christ through our abiding and asking. As we go about the day, there is grace for us enough for each assignment at each moment. When I need to calm a crying baby at 11:00 pm, I have everything I need to do it—- patience, wisdom, and joy. I need to believe this promise at that moment and give thanks.
When you need to do your office work, study, clean the car, cook, homeschool your children, shop for groceries, tend your elderly parents … you have everything you need. God is with us in the smallest details of our life. Nothing is trivial to Him.
“You have everything you need.” Let’s believe it and treasure it in the heart as we tackle our tasks today.