With my social work background, I thoroughly enjoy the human brain. I enjoy learning about how we think, why we tend to do the things we do, and what it is that makes us “tick”. I’ve even been known to take those crazy quizzes on Facebook to find out what your “inner Disney princess” says about you. (Chalk that up to 11 things you didn’t know about me!)
Why does this interest me so much? Well, because I see God’s incredible design all over Every. Single. Person. that I come into contact with. I see how He places people that He intentionally designs with particular talents and giftings into situations where they are given the exact tools they need to complete the task He has created them to do.
It is no secret, or surprise, then to know that He has gifted us in such unique ways, and that carries into every aspect of our lives, even to the way that we come to know Him!
Now, I grew up being taught that every morning, upon rising, the first thing I needed to do was to have my “devotions”. I was given a Kid’s Devotional book and a Precious Moments Bible as early as I can remember reading. I saw my mom and dad sitting with their Bibles and journals or a copy of “Our Daily Bread” every morning in the dark before sunrise. That’s the “way” it was done.
Fast forward 20-some years and I meet my husband. He’s a night-owl… he doesn’t function in the morning… there is no humanly possible way that he could be lucid enough in the morning to study his Bible without falling asleep somewhere in the book of Ephesians. He is learning patterns to help him do this differently, as we live in a culture that rises and moves before some of the birds… but a quality time with the Lord at 6AM? Not happening.
For a long time, I struggled with this. Honestly struggled. How could anyone NOT do their quiet time first thing in the morning?! Was that… ok?
The Lord has helped me to overcome this (somewhat silly) struggle, and I know that my husband’s relationship with the Lord is solid and thriving, no matter what my opinion is of his morning habits. Recently, I also heard a great episode of the Lead Stories podcast with Jo Saxton and Steph Williams where they touched on the importance of Spiritual Health. In it, the point was raised that because of our different wiring, our different personalities, our different backgrounds, we not only have different habits of WHEN we meet with the Lord, but also in the HOW.
Another difference between my husband and I illustrates this. I love music. It drives my soul and brings me to a deep place of worship and peace. Our time of worship in song on Sunday morning is my favorite and I look forward to lifting my voice together with my brothers and sisters, reminding myself of the One I am worshipping and imagining the view we’ll have in heaven when all nations, tribes, and tongues are doing that together, forever.
Music does nothing for my husband. Usually, he takes the time of worship in music to stand at the entrance in the back and greet any latecomers. He turns off music in any room of the house almost automatically while walking into the room. Sometimes in the middle of the incredible strains of a Christy Nockels song.
But you give that man a problem to be solved on a Sunday morning and he feels the Lord flowing through his veins. He worships through service.
So, how about you? Where is it that you feel closest to the Lord? Is it in the quiet morning hours when it’s just you, Jesus, and a cup of coffee? Perhaps you are able to take a walk in the late afternoon as the sun is beginning to set through the trees… and there you can walk alongside the One who draws You to Himself with a gentle whisper. Maybe you’re the kind of person who just absorbs the energy and Spirit-filled worship of a concert tour?
I want you to know, that it’s ok. God has designed you and made You for His pleasure and purpose. It is no mistake that you feel His presence most deeply when you are doing the exact thing that He created you to do.
Let’s talk more about it! This is exactly what I want to show you through my Simple coaching sessions! I want to use the tools I have and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help you understand your unique purpose and design! Will you let me walk with you for a bit on this journey?