thOH2SJKKYStrong, black, with sugar. That’s how I prefer my tea. It’s often just the thought of my first sip of that hot inky liquid that gets me out of bed at 5:00 a.m. I crave my tea in the morning like most people crave coffee. It must be the Irish in me.  

My tea seems weaker lately, since I’ve been getting up so early to write.

Is it the teabags? (They did change the packaging.) Or is it me? Does it just seem weaker because I need it more?

Steeping the Word

I thought about my morning devotions. I must admit, there are times I only read a few verses, then pray. I become distracted. I have trouble focusing on what God wants to teach me. Voices crowd my mind whispering, “Don’t forget this, remember that…”

thJX4E9YOAOver the years I’ve learned what works best for me and I wanted to share it with you. The times we spend one-on-one with the Lord are valuable beyond measure.

1) Turn off your phone.

2) Pray  for the Holy Spirit to teach you through the verses you are going to read. (I Corinthians 2:6-16)

3) Read your chosen scripture in more than one version and follow up on any study notes and  scripture references in your Bible. Use a Bible Handbook to add to your study. Dig into the Word. Steep that tea strong, because you need it!

4) Keep a pad handy to jot down the stuff that pops into your head (like your to-do list), then you are free from nagging thoughts that get in the way of what God wants to teach you. I also keep index cards in my Bible for two reasons: first so I can jot notes about certain topics and scripture references I may want to study more on or memorize; and second, so I have a straight edge for underlining any verses in my Bible.

5) Pray. I find praying through my prayer list is easier after I’ve prepared myself by drinking that wonderful, hot cup of steeped teaching, direct from the Holy Spirit.

Did I leave anything out? Do you have a routine that works well for you? I’d love to hear it.


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