Ever had a PB&J before breakfast? I have, but I didn’t even realize it!
This past weekend I took our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders on the Scream Retreat. The speaker this past weekend told us that we needed to have a PB&J before breakfast. What? Why in the world would I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before breakfast? I really don’t eat them much and I sure wouldn’t want to have one before I even eat breakfast.
He went on to say that PB&J stands for: prayer, Bible, and journal. Oh! Now that makes sense! I have never heard it called that, but I like it! Yes, I do that (well, for the most part). I get up around 5:30 every morning, take a shower, and then go to my quiet room. I invite the Holy Spirit into the room and just sit for a few minutes. God tells us to “be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)”. Then I praise God, ask for forgiveness, thank him for all the blessings he has given me and spend time reading His Word. I read Scripture and devotionals. Some of my favorite devotionals are from Proverbs 31 Ministries (I get their daily devotions via email), devotions from my friend, Bill Finesilver, via email; The Upper Room (a United Methodist devotional), and right now I’m reading the Women in Leadership devotional. One devotional I’ve never read but really want to get is Jesus Calling (I know many of you probably have read it and I hear it’s so good). Then after reading I spend more time in prayer: praying for others and for things going on in my life. I cherish this time with God, but sometimes I miss it because of the craziness of my life. I really hate when I miss it, too. I try my best though!
The one part of the PB&J that I don’t do as well now is journal. I used to keep a journal every day before I had kids. Now, I don’t do it so much. I started journaling when I was in college. My grandmother died when I was in college and when we were going through her house we found some journals of hers. Every day she wrote down a Bible verse and a prayer. So, I started doing what she had done. I would write down a verse that I read for the day and then write down each person that I prayed for and why. That way I could go back and see how God answered my prayers for them. I need to get back into the habit of doing this because it was so cool to see the ways God works in the lives of others and myself.
Do you have your PB&J before breakfast? I challenge you to get up early and spend those quiet morning hours with the Lord. I know it will make a difference in your life.