Early Will I Rise: Finding the Day’s Rhythm
Do you ever get the feeling that getting into a daily rhythm for something — anything really — can be very challenging? Or maybe it has passed the point of challenging and is just plain frustrating? I know for my life, personally, I have recently made a commitment to spend my time, intentionally, on my tasks and my thought processes throughout the day. My attitude is often a reflection of what’s going on inside my mind at any given moment (not trying to sound schizophrenic or bipolar… It isn’t THAT drastic). I am simply saying that in order to find a rhythm for the day, I must first draw back to find the “tempo” for the day. This process is different for everyone: some prefer meditative studies or breathing/stretching exercises; others use a time of prayer and scripture study to size up their day.
Whatever the process, I have found that what works best for me at this time in my life is a simple morning devotional email that my pastor from my hometown sends out. It starts with a small portion of scripture and then moves into a detailed dissection of how we are to measure the provided scripture into our very lives. And the message closes with a “send-off” in the form of a daily meditation. Something to chew on as you go about your day. I find it very effective to start my day by reading this meditation and challenging myself to find an application for it in my life, each day. I feel rejuvenated, I stress less often, and I ultimately draw closer to God.
The only problem is… It’s just an email right now. Only those on a mailing list or who attend my pastor’s church are able to see these emails. And there isn’t anything wrong with that, it’s just… I want more people to be able to experience it. I have grown so much from it, so who’s to say the same couldn’t happen for someone else?
So… I have been fortunate enough to work directly with my pastor and provide his daily emails in a far more versatile and consumable format.
As expected by the title of the site, the Early Will I Rise blog will automatically post the day’s meditation early: at 5:30am Monday-Friday, and the Weekend Meditation at 5:30am on Saturday. So what about Sunday’s? Well, I thought it would be neat to post a picture of the sun setting or rising… Different every time. And the pictures are shot by yours truly :)
I hope the blog scratches that itch to provide a sense of rhythm for the busy lives we live. And, if you really like it, you can even subscribe to receive a daily meditation directly in your inbox :)