It's amazing how often I go through things and don't stop in the moment to analyze how God might be working. Before I went to Arizona, I had two prayers for myself. One was that, out of my routine, I would stay committed to studying His word every day. And the other was that I would watch my mouth and not speak before thinking. These two things often go hand in hand, and I know how much they are connected. The less time I spend in the Word, the more I seem to speak carelessly out of my own desires rather than with God's desires in mind.
Every day I was in Arizona, I woke up between 7:00 and 7:30. There was not a single day that I slept past 7:30. This is unusual for me, because usually the longer I'm on vacation, the more relaxed I am and the more I can sleep in (up until about 9:00). But that was not the case this time. Sometimes I was frustrated with this because I wasn't going to bed super early, so I felt like I was not getting enough rest. Fast forward to after I got home. The four days I was off after getting home, I managed to sleep until 8:30 or 9:00 every day. It was then that I realized that the Lord woke me up between 7:00 and 7:30 every morning because it gave me about a half an hour before the chaos of the day would begin and I was able to spend some focused time in prayer and Scripture reading. Once home, I was able to do that later in the morning because there was not as much going on. Sometimes I laugh at how easy it is to forget that God will answer my prayers if I just ask Him! Thank you Lord for your caring and protection over my life!
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