Monday, November 26, 2007

Our New Thing

Ever since I became a Christian, I've been reading my Bible and having a quiet time every morning. Typically, I read through the whole Bible every year. But since we've had Allie, this has been a difficult habit to keep up with. She rises at about 4 am every morning. Sometimes, she sleeps in until five, which gives me time to either sleep in a little or get up and have my quiet time. But this only happens about once a week lately and I can really tell that it's affecting the way I treat people and respond to challenges.

This morning, I was awake at 3:45am and lay in bed until four. I was hoping that I would be able to have that time alone in my prayer closet. But Allie woke up as I was getting dressed. It's been more than ten days since I've been able to have that time alone.

I was pretty frustrated.

Typically, when Allie and I get up together, I put her on the floor, turn on Fox and Friends, change her diaper, make coffee, and make her bottle. Allie seems to like the voices on the show. Today, after I made the coffee and the bottle, I got down on the floor with her, muted the TV, and read my Bible to her. That's going to be our new thing. Check in with me and make sure I'm sticking with it.

Every morning, from now on, I'm going to read from Proverbs and the Gospels to her. The Bible says that God's Word does not return to Him empty, so I'm going to sow His Word in her every morning. I caught myself even explaining some stuff to her. She squawked and I got back to reading. I can take a hint.

I got this weird picture in my head: remember that Superman movie? The first one with Christopher Reeves that they made in the late seventies. Remember that scene when little super baby is in the space ship escaping from doomed Krypton? There was this video looping through out the entire trip teaching baby Clark all that he needed to know about being a human. That's what I was thinking about as I read from Proverbs and the Gospel of John to Allie this morning.


Anonymous said...

A Holy Spirit inspired idea! We have all used our babies as excuses to put aside our quiet time in favor of more sleep. YOU are doing something about it and inspiring the rest of us to do the same! There is nothing you could read or speak to Allie that will have the powerful impact that God's Word will. You're right... it will not return void... something to cling to! That which you sow you will surely reap! In this case that's a good thing.... for both of you! She may not know the personalities on Fox & Friends, but she'll know her God! You've inspired me to start fresh and put God first no matter when we wake up!

Anonymous said...

Great way to start the day -- grandpa and granddaughter time with God in the middle. What a great relationship! :)

Mike West said...

Great idea! Have you noticed how much better your day goes when you start with studying God's Word?

Anonymous said...

Mike ~
Not only do I notice, but so do my kids! They'll tell me too!

Anonymous said...

That's awesome!

& I like how you call her little noises "squawks", haha.

Anonymous said...

great idea! and what a "super" image of "sowing the word"!

Anonymous said...

Awasome! We will be checking on you!

Anonymous said...

Hmm...I need a grandbaby in the house!