I found an incredible book to read in the mornings for my quiet time and engaging in a study with my friend Gindi. It’s a book I highly recommend. I know I’ll be writing about it more in the future, but even though it’s bringing about changes in my life, reading it as my daily devotional lead me to a dry dessert.
Nothing takes the place of the Word of God.
When I read books, I feel like I’m sitting down with the author, having a cup of coffee. While having coffee with Lysa TerKeurst would put me over the moon with excitement, it doesn’t nourish my soul like having coffee with the King does. The first part of this realization came about when a woman who keeps me accountable asked “How is your time with God? Are you in the Word?” I didn’t want to say, “I’m totally bonding with Lysa – she’s got some good stuff to say!” I humbly admitted I’m not. I realized I’m stuck in a dry, dessert land. My feet have wandered this land for a few weeks (maybe even months).
The realization hit home after reading something a blogger buddy (Thanks Savvyhomemaking) said about daily having coffee with the King, I decided it was time to get back to the Word. I realized I put a simple book in place of the mighty Word. The big lesson I learned goes right along with the book by Lysa TerKeurst:
Don’t put something good in place of the BEST.
It’s time to get back into the WORD. This morning after pouring a cup of coffee, I searched for my Bible. When I found it, a joy flooded my soul. A joy I’ve been thristy for. As I was flipping to a verse that I’ve leaned on this year, a little voice said, STOP HERE. Psalm 32.
This is what I read:
32 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Wow. That hit me. Hard. Right between the eyes. No… Right in the heart. I’ve been silent.
Silent no more!
I will confess to the Lord! I will hide in Him. It is HIS counsel I will hear and heed. My eyes will be on Him.
I will rejoice that I am having coffee with the King!
My challenge to you: Have coffee with the King.
I contacted Savvy Homemaking and we talked about her #coffeewiththeking fun on Instagram. I am joining with her to post pics and encourage others. Take the challenge – Rejoice with me and let’s bombard Instagram with pics of #coffeewiththeking by posting pics of your morning coffee (or tea) and your open Bible with the hashtag (#coffeewiththeking) and a shoutout to @kimberlyavogel and @julieannfilter. Who’s in? Let’s not be silent!