Monday, July 9, 2007

Morning by Morning.......

In a previous post I talked about the instructed tongue, it was inspired by the following verse.

Isaiah 50:4 "The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught."

The second part of this verse gave me the HOW TO I was looking for. How to speak with an instructed tongue. Is it possible? YES!! All things are possible, how? Through HIM (God Almighty) who gives ME strength!! Okay, all that church lingo is great, let's get down to the nitty gritty.

First of all the "He wakens me morning by morning" is a big ole issue for me. For my entire life I've been a night owl. I love to stay up late and read, write lyrics, talk to God. It just seems to be easy for me to stay up late and I've written quite a few songs in the wee hours of the morning.

Over time, I have become more of a morning person. There is just something about being the first one up. I love having the first cup of coffee, reading the Word and talking to the Father, BEFORE I become a short order cook, school teacher and laundry service! :) (That doesn't happen every day, but it's more often than it used to be.)

My sister in law recently wrote about making herself get up early.

She said, "I got up this morning trying to be better about managing my time. I have come to realize that if I can get my lazy butt out of bed before the kids get up, we all have a better day. I wake up and have some down time (ALONE) and I can get every one's day started on the right foot. "

I remember the day God showed me that while 1:00 or 2:00 am was early in the morning,
it wasn't what He had in mind for us. He wanted me to get out of the bed before my family and do what the 2nd part of Isaiah 50:4 says. He wanted my ears to listen as one being taught. He wanted me to read the Bible, pray and the biggest thing of all, LISTEN!

So it began. I have to say that these have been some of the most precious times. We've worked through some tough things early in the morning. I also have to say, that there have been times when I've chosen to hit snooze and sleep an extra hour. Typing that makes my heart sad. Every time I choose to stay in that bed, I miss something God had to show me.

Proverbs 31:15 says. "She gets up while it is still dark..." This has been my biggest motivator. I want my husband and girls to say that I'm the godliest woman they know. At this point in life, I'm not. Praise the Lord, His mercies are new every morning! He is the God of second chances, and even on the days I hit snooze, He says let's try again. It was on a "try again" day that the following lyrics came during my prayer time. God would later use this song at our 2006 Spring Women's event with Lisa Whelchel.

Speak To Me

Speak to me.
Father in this moment speak to me.
You alone hold everything I need.
Speak Father


Speak to me.
Father in this moment I am weak.
But You alone are all the strength I need.
Speak Father, speak to me.


I am waiting, anticipating You.
Take what’s breaking and restore it with Your truth
Speak Father.

Speak to me.
Father in this moment speak to me.
You alone hold everything I need
Speak Father

Speak, Father. Speak Abba Father. Speak to me.

CopyrightStephanieParson2006


May we have ears ready to listen, and hear, as one who is being taught.

6 comments:

R2K said...
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Amy said...

OUCH!!! You are hitting me smack between the eyes....I'm such a slug in the morning...God's been talking to be about this off and on for years....I pray I will finally "wake up and smell the coffee!"

Love you!
Amy

Kathy at Sumballo said...

Great insights. What's first in the morning usually shows us our priorities for the day. Thanks for sharing!

The Small Scribbler said...

Speak to Me

I'm hearing the lyrics in your sweet, sweet voice as I read.

Kate

Refresh My Soul Blog said...

I think that song is one of my favorites girl! I love it!
Much love, Ang

Meg said...

This morning I woke up at 4:30 with a sense of knowing He was waiting for me to come...I ignored Him for while but could not get back to sleep. It was a precious time with Him and longer than usual because I woke so early. I can so relate to what you have written about the day going better when I start it with Him. It is so true for me and my family! Thanks for sharing. Love, Meg