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As a busy wife and mother, I typically focus on ways to clear my schedule and carve out extra time. I rarely seek to add to my hectic days. Yet, who would have guessed the positively life-changing impact of placing one more item on my daily agenda?

At the end of last summer, I felt God strongly convict me of my need to get to know Him through spending more time in daily prayer and Bible study. Many things were going on in my life at that time, and I knew I needed greater connection and communion with God as I navigated the sticky circumstances.

My previous attempts to squeeze my devotions in during my children’s afternoon quiet time proved less than successful. I quickly discovered that “quiet time” simply was not quiet enough. I then planned to sit down with God at night after putting my children to bed. While somewhat easier, I found that other things often encroached on my good intentions—lingering tasks to accomplish, hanging out with my husband, or sheer exhaustion. This left me with one option: first thing in the morning, before anyone else awoke and before launching into the day’s activities. Reluctant, yet determined, I set my alarm clock for 5:30 a.m.

Forced to Re-evaluate My Priorities

Very quickly, I realized that my commitment to mornings with God actually begins the night before. My snooze button will get the better of me if I fail to go to bed on time. When “me time” surfing the Internet or watching television tempts my inner night owl, I am forced to re-evaluate my priorities.

I also gratefully discovered (after the initial period of yawning, eye-drooping adjustment), that my pre-dawn devotions leave me energized rather than exhausted. Among countless other benefits, they enable me to start my day on the right foot, greeting my husband and children with a sense of peace and preparedness rather than rolling out of bed and hitting the ground running to catch up.

So, if you are looking for a meaningful addition to your day (or even if you are not), I highly recommend time with God. "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13).

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