When I wake up in the morning, one of the first things I try to do is to spend time in prayer, read the Bible, and listen to sermons. It has really changed my life! I find that starting my day with these spiritual practices helps me to set a positive tone for the rest of my day. But, I don’t just rush through these activities. Instead, I try to have a slow morning where I can really focus on my spiritual practices and connect with God on a deeper level. This intentional time helps me to present myself as a beautiful and fragrant offering unto the Lord, just as the Apostle Paul urges us to do in Romans 12:1. And, while it may seem unconventional, I have found that starting my day later, around noon, can be a great way to have a slow morning and be more productive in the afternoon.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.Romans 12:1
Starting your day with prayer, Bible reading, and listening to sermons is a great way to start your day on the right foot. By taking the time to focus on your faith and your relationship with God, you set a positive tone for the rest of your day. But what about taking it one step further and having a slow morning where you really focus on preparation for the day and then start your day around noon?
There is something special about taking the time to slow down and intentionally focus on your spiritual practices. Rather than rushing through your morning routine, taking the time to pray, read the Bible, and listen to sermons can help you connect with God on a deeper level. This intentional time can help you start your day with a sense of purpose and direction.
By dedicating the morning to prayer and spiritual practices, you are preparing yourself to be a beautiful and fragrant offering unto the Lord. I also believe in getting ready and preparing myself as a literal offering for the Lord. I usually do my makeup and hair, get dressed, and apply perfume even if I am staying home. Even if I do not apply makeup, I ensure that I am presentable and beautiful unto the Lord. I treat getting ready as a holy routine and love how the sons and daughters of Aaron are instructed in the Bible to prepare themselves as offerings.
But what about starting your day around noon? And dedicating the first part of your day to the Lord? While this may seem like an unconventional approach to starting your day, and you may worry about all you need to get done, there are many benefits to having a slow morning and starting your day later. For one, it allows you to have more time in the morning to focus on your spiritual practices. It also allows you to get more rest, which can be beneficial for your overall well-being.
Starting your day later can also help you be more productive. Many people find that they are more focused and productive after having a slow morning. When I get up early, sometimes I start my day by 9. But I really try to give 3-6 hours to God in the morning. By starting your day around noon, you can use your morning to focus on your spiritual practices, and then use your afternoon to tackle your work and other responsibilities.
In conclusion, starting your day with prayer, Bible reading, and listening to sermons is a great way to set a positive tone for the rest of your day. By taking the time to focus on your spiritual practices and connect with God, you are preparing yourself to be a beautiful and fragrant offering unto the Lord. And while starting your day around noon may seem unconventional, it can be a great way to have a slow morning and be more productive in the afternoon.