God wants our first fruits. He wants us to give back a tithe or what he gives us, or 10%. He wants us to give it to him first, before anything else. If we give him the first fruits, the best fruits he will make that go so much further than we have ever imagined. What if we also did that with our time? What if we gave our first fruits... our first minutes of the day to God. What could that do in our lives?
I have in the past tried different things to get more time in with God. It almost seemed like I was doing it as a check list. In the beginning that is what I need to get myself in a habit, but it never made it down to my heart. I have heard that if it doesn't make it down to your heart than you aren't doing the right thing for you.
Things I have tried:
Reading 1 chapter of the bible with breakfast - it helped, but I didn't stick with it. Although we might try this again if I pick up a children's bible.
Getting up early to spend 30 minutes reading in the bible, praying and journaling - I was working full-time at the time, and this didn't help because I would fall asleep.
Morning Pages - I find that I communicate best with God when I am writing to him. Speaking I tend to just keep talking and I never stop to listen. When there is something I really want to pray about or over I write out my prayer - for the really big stuff I then read my prayer. There is power in the spoken word. This is by far my favorite thing to do to connect with God, but it is not something that I do consistently.I have found that if I spend sometime with God in the morning my days go better. I am starting my day looking to my heavenly Father. I am thanking him for everything he has given me, I talk to him about how I want my day to go, I remember to keep him present more throughout the day. I think about God more when I start my day with him.
I want to give Him my first fruits. What if I started my day with giving God 10 minutes? - praying, listening, just being with him first thing in the morning. Before I get the kids out of bed and the day jumps into action. I will time it so that I make sure God gets 10 full minutes. There will be mornings where I can give him more and I will cherish those mornings like I do now.