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Why We Should Spend Time in Scripture

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About two years ago, I realized that something needed to change. I was really having a hard time staying consistent with being in Scripture. I would do great for a few months and then miss, then I would do great for a week, and miss several days in a row. It felt like I just couldn’t stay consistent, and I was feeling discouraged.

I decided that it was just something that needed to change. I thought I needed to have some accountability, so I started the #lampandlight hashtag on instagram and invited friends to join me in documenting their time with the Lord as a way to keep each other accountable.

Soon, spending time with the Lord became a habit, and eventually it became the time of day that I most looked forward to.

There have been a few things that I have learned since then about why spending time with the Lord daily is so important.

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I absolutely loved this post and could TOTALLY relate! Thank you for sharing your heart.

Anna Hite Walker

LOVE this! And, it’s “crazy” that you’d post this, because I just came home from an amazing conference (True Woman), and one thing that really spoke to me is if I were truly *hungering and thirsting* for righteousness. I came home with a desire to really, truly, DIG into the world of God. And then I come to catch up on your blog, and it’s about studying the Word. ;-)

Why I Became a Morning Person

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I wasn’t always a morning person, but somehow over the last two years I have changed that…and now the morning is my favorite time of the day. I mentioned yesterday that 2013 was a big year for me…it was the year that I decided to really make time for the things that matter. For me the first thing I wanted to do was to have consistent time in Scripture. I had struggled for years to have a routine of being in Scripture. I would do good for months and then I would get off track. Then I would be consistent for a week or so, and miss a few days.

So becoming a morning person was a conscious choice, and then I grew to love it. Now mornings are my absolute favorite part of the day. My morning provides a good foundation and a fresh start for my day. I am super lucky that Stella is not a morning person, so I usually am able to get a good head start on my day before she wakes up…and I don’t have to start at 5am.

Things have been a little different the past few weeks as we are adjusting our routines to a new city and a new season of life, but here is the basic routine that I have been using over the past two years.

I usually wake up around 7am. I don’t usually set an alarm though, so the time can vary from day to day. I like to grab my Bible and my journal right away. I am usually studying through a book of the Bible, so I just pick up where I left off the day before. I read until I am full, and then journal about the passage. Then I try to spend some time in prayer, and getting organized with my planner for what is ahead for the day. If I still have a bit of time, I try to spend a few minutes reading whatever book I am currently reading.

Some mornings Stella stays asleep for my whole routine. Most mornings, she wakes up right in the middle of it. For me, that is ok! Sometimes it means I have to be a bit more flexible, like taking a break while I get her breakfast, or put a movie on for her. Sometimes it means moving to the front porch or kitchen table. I always try to keep going though. I think it is a good thing for our kids to see us in the Word. Stella is great about occupying herself quietly most days, and sometimes if Jeremy is home, he will take her to let me have a bit more time in The Word.

Becoming a morning person has been a mixture of being very intentional about my time in the mornings, and giving myself lots of grace…because some mornings things just don’t work as smoothly as I would like. But, I have realized the more that I have implemented a morning routine that it becomes just that…more and more routine each day. The more I do it, the less days I face distractions.

I would love to hear about your morning routine, and how you keep your day organized!

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I am so not a morning person but would love to be. Thank you for showing me it’s possible!

Honestly, I needed to read this. I usually sleep in till I have to get ready for work. This is inspiring me to wake up earlier to spend time with God. Thank you for this encouraging post. Have you heard of The Peony Project? This would be lovely to share with the other ladies :)

Caitie Sheppard

I love this post, Kristin! I’m on this journey too…. ;) Do you go to bed earlier to get up earlier or do you have a secret “energy potion” to help you get through the day? We’re getting to bed around midnight and I don’t function very well unless I have 7-8 hours. Just wondering… :D MISS YOU!!! *hugs*

Lauren Metzler Washer

Mornings are my favorite time of day, by far! I’ve always been a morning person, though, so it has come a little easier for me. Kids have certainly changed the length of time I have, but I agree with you that they need to see us in the Word, that we’re making it a priority. I get up at 5, grab my coffee and sit in my chair. I journal about life first, then read a passage (same method as you) and then journal about what I read. I also read a Proverb, then usually an excerpt from Voices from the Past. When I found myself feeling ‘in a rut’ after doing the same thing for several years, I started using Saturday and Sunday mornings as my time to read a book other than the Bible, but one that points me to the Lord. This has been a great way for me to keep my devotional time in the Word alive.

Emily Cole

I have a similar routine. Like you, I’m in a state of transition at the moment and so it is vital to get that time in the Word before my day gets started. I have a 2 year old and have to stop sometimes, too. But I love that she sees me having time with the Father. Keep it up, girl! You are inspiring!

Regina Collins Simon

Rise at 5:15 (weekdays), make my bed, shower and sit in comfy clothes while sipping coffee and having quiet time in my Bible. Get dressed, put my face on, make my hair less crazy and try to get out the door by 7:15. I am ready when I have had my quiet time. I do like mornings, the quiet of the house, the sun coming up, the birds chirping. It’s difficult for me to sleep in, but when I do, I don’t feel bad – I know my body must need it.

TerrellRhea—Searching the Scriptures

I have a love hate relationship with mornings. I love mornings but I hate getting out of bed. Since launching my new site, I need to be more intentional about getting up early so that I have time to work on blog stuff before heading off to work.

Kimberly Davidson Campbell

Thank you for this. I’m going to have to make this change too because my husbands work schedule. So, I look forward to it. And thank you for the challenge of letting our littles see us in the Word. Even though my two are 2 and under, it is still so vital! :) And I need to not mind the interruptions – have a Spirit-focused response!

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love how you write about “becoming” a morning person. i never thought it was possible. slowly but surely i am getting there and my routine sounds similar to yours {and now i have your prayer journal to help in my journey}. i have to set an alarm in order to wake before my kids. they are ACTUALLY morning people. i pretend to be. what i do for study varies, but it is always Jesus centered. sometimes it is reading through proverbs31 devotionals, sometimes praying a rosary novena, sometimes the first 5 app. other times i try to listen. the main thing is doing this FIRST, before i open facebook, start a blog post, or check instagram. i like how you speak of this being intentional. for a long time, i avoided this time with the excuse that i am NOT a morning person. but like you said, anyone can be a morning person if they make that choice. and i think Jesus helps a little too. i also like how you said you continue, even when your daughter wakes. sometimes this is hard but it’s a great reminder about the importance of setting an example for our kiddos. i look forward to reading more of your posts!

A New Year of Possibilities

It is that season where I am already thinking about the new year. January 1st really is one of my favorite days of the year…because it feels like a fresh start. I was thinking today about the different seasons we face in life, and how so often the start of a new year helps us move into the next season before us. Looking back on the past few years I can see distinct themes as the year changed.

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2013 was an amazing year. I think it is the year that I really got a good grasp on who I was. I was getting into the swing of being a Mama, and I was embracing who I was as a businesswoman. It was the year I started #lampandlight, got organized, and made time for what mattered. It was when I chose the words at the top of the screen, and focused myself in on living a life that was: intentional, simplified, and passionate.

2014 was a life changing year. It seems as though the year has been full of a lot of change, some that have rocked me to my core, and some that I have been able to see how God has been working for years. The loss of our daughter Sophia at the beginning of 2014 changed my entire world, and though it was the hardest thing I have ever faced…I have seen how the Lord can take even the hardest things that we face and use them for His plan. After years of Jeremy and me being full time wedding photographers while He was in Seminary…things began to shift. I started my online shop, and we moved across the country to begin our church planting journey. There were many good things, and many hard things.

So my mind is thinking about 2015, and I am wondering what a new year will bring. I can look back even through this difficult year and see how the Lord was preparing my heart. There have been seasons of joy and seasons of heartache…but regardless of what has come…He has been good.

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Megan Andzulis

This post is encouraging! I get so anxious about new phases of life: can I handle what will be thrown at me? Am I capable of taking care of what I need to? Will my finances keep up with us? It can be so scary. But youre right–God has never failed us and knowing He never will makes me feel awfully silly for even worrying sometimes :)

Regina Collins Simon

I have failed at the once a year resolutions but do really love the new, fresh start so I will be doing resolutions & goal setting at the beginning of every season. I didn’t have my act together for fall but am already planning for the winter months. I’m hoping to have more success with this way of planning and preparing but agree that no matter the method – God is ALWAYS good.

Our Refuge and Fortress Free Lock Screen

I haven’t done a new lock screen in awhile, and since Fall is here it seemed like the perfect time to switch things up. I love keeping Scripture on my phone as a way to memorize it, and this verse is a great reminder that God is our refuge and fortress. I am in love with all things chalkboard right now…so I thought a chalkboard lock screen would be perfect.

All you have to do to download is click on the image or here and click to save it to your phone. Then you will be able to make it your lock screen.
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I Remember

It has been a little over 7 months since we met and said goodbye to our Sophia. My heart still aches like it did the very moment I saw the sonographer shake her head signaling to us that her precious heart had stopped beating.  I can remember it like it was just yesterday. I remember every detail about the room my sweet girl was born in. I remember that my iv cord drapped over a bassinet I knew would stay empty. I remember that there were two screens used to moniter; one for my contractions, one for the baby’s heartbeat. I remember how my heart sank everytime I looked and saw that screen with a flat line. I remember how Jeremy fell to His knees and cried out to God when we heard the news that she was gone. I remember sweet friends praying over my hospital bed as I waited to deliver. I remember the pain of delivery, and so much more…I remember the pain in my heart. I remember the silence in the room when she was born. I remember the hushed sobs of the medical staff. I remember her beautiful face, and her straight black hair. I remember the ache in my heart. I remember the music that Jeremy played while we held her and prayed. I remember being wheeled out of the delivery room as a nurse said congratulations while another nurse grabbed her arm telling her there was no happy news. I remember sitting on a green vinyl couch preparing to say goodbye, reading Scripture, praying through tears, and singing Great is Thy Faithfulness. I remember driving away from the hospital without her, clutching only a small box of her things, and a heart full of memories of just 12 hours spent with her in my arms. 

But most of all…I remember feeling God’s presence like never before. I remember knowing as hard as it was, I was not alone. I remember peace in the midst of pain. I know that God is Good. I know that He is Faithful. I know He has never left me, and He never will. Seven months later I cling to Him still. It is in the moments when I try to do things in my own strength that I feel that weight of the sadness rush over me. It is in the moment that I run to Him, that I feel Him lift the burden to make it just light enough for me to carry through this life. 

Trusting God does not mean that we will never face suffering. It does not mean that it will not hurt, or that I will be able to move past. It means that I don’t carry the pain alone, but that He walks with me. It means that we have hope. It means that we know that though here our hearts ache for Sophia…there is coming a day when we will see her again. A day when we will say “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” I Corinthians 15:55

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Lois

Oh my what a sweet post. My heart aches for you. Loss is so hard and painful, the loss of your sweet baby must be unbearable at times. I am so thankful that I love, trust and serve a God who has experienced loss and is acquainted with grief. He loves us so. Many blessings to you.

Erin Bridges

Oh, Kristin. This post is beautiful as your wordsare. You continue to leave me in awe of your strength and faithfulness in this season. I’d love to send you an email, but can’t seem to find the best contact email for you. If you don’t mind sharing, I’d love to touch base with you in more than just a blog comment, erin@byerincreativeco.com.

Cara Cobble Trantham

I love you, Kristin. Thank you for sharing these precious memories with us. You are held up in prayer daily.

Nancy Wooden Fowler

Prayers for you. It is wonderful that you can be comforted in the knowledge that God is with you every day.

Tammy Damore

We will never forget!

Verity LeFevre

Bless your heart. I don’t know you, but I know that you know the same God as I do. During our terribly distressing and heart wrenching times in life, we can feel and know God in such a beautiful, special way. I thank Him for that. I especially like your reminder to run to Him and cling to Him instead of trying to carry our pain and burdens by ourselves. It really is our tendency to try that on our own. May God continue to heal you and comfort you and your husband. A sister in Christ.

I read this through tears… This was the very story my sister and her husband lived just earlier this spring. It wasn’t even my baby, but it was my little nephew and he is still so loved and missed. And yes, the faithfulness of the Lord is so real, so true, always. What a precious Jesus.

Ervina

Your precious Sophia was so very beautiful. I know what you mean by remembering everything in vivid detail. I replay the events surrounding our son’s labor and delivery over and over again… And yes, the atmosphere of God’s presence was profoundly significant through it all. So so grateful for Jesus in the deepest pain. Thank you for your words of hope and trust that keep me pressing into Him…