With VBS this past week, it’s felt like a week of Sunday mornings. Every morning, the alarm went off while the sun’s just waking, I grumbled and groaned, and stumbled my way downstairs. And then here was that Wednesday morning when Elizabeth and I squeezed in a nine-mile run before VBS. Yeah, I don’t even like to think about that wake-up call.
I don’t mind getting up at early, but getting up and out of the house at an early hour is a whole other story. Rushed morning take all the pleasure out of the daybreak hours.
My favorite kind of morning is when I tiptoe downstairs just as the sun is rising. I make myself a cup of green tea and nestle into the couch to spend some time reading God’s Word and journaling verses and prayers. Then I patter my way to the kitchen to make breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day that I plan as I’m drifting off to sleep and wake up eager to eat. The best mornings usually begin with a satisfying and nutritious breakfast, like blueberry oatmeal, banana pancakes or cereal-yogurt-fruit parfaits.
My Bible reading suffered this past week. For the five minutes I sat down, my fingers were busy braiding my hair and my eyes were darting to the clock. And I’d shut my Bible scarcely remembering what I had just read, feeling like I zoomed up to a gas tank and pulled away still running on empty. “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
Breakfast also suffered this past week. Some mornings I was lucky to snatch a bowl of cereal or English muffin for the car. I don’t even remember what I ate on Wednesday morning before our run. All I know is the kitchen was dark, my fingers smelled like peanut butter and I found a mysterious chocolate stain on my shirt around mile three. And I’m not thinking about it.
But if my mornings are going to be early and rushed, if I am going to spend half my day in a class of fifteen energetic, streamer flinging, ball bouncing, water splashing children, I’m going to need spiritual strength, renewed by a daily dose of God’s Word. “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:14).I’m also going to need energy. Preferably in the form of caffeine. And if that energy and breakfast could come together in one bowl in five minutes, then I say, why not? I’ll slurp while you drive.
- 1 c. almond milk (or any milk)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 c. frozen strawberries
- 1 T. instant coffee
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 2-4 ice cubes (add as needed)
- 1 t. cinnamon
Instructions: Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Add ice cubes to thicken. I ate this in a bowl topped with puffed kamut and cinnamon and “iced” with a drizzle of maple syrup.
So now it’s Saturday night. The crazy week has come to a close and I feel like my head has been restored. But wait, tomorrow is Sunday morning. I think I’ll plan ahead by setting out my Bible and blender on the kitchen table. Strawberry-pink
stains swirls on a brown dress totally goes, right?