I’m a tea lover. I wake up craving a warm drink to wrap my fingers around and many times throughout the day I’m standing over a cup of recently boiled-water adding honey to its leaves. Sweet interludes to my mundanity.
But better than my morning chai, is a practice I’ve picked up that’s become a way of breathing.
Adoration: Inhaling His Word and exhaling praise.
In short, I have posted a variety of written adorations with a hope to invite others to join in what He’s using to alter my heart-chemistry. Additionally, we practice adoration every day over on Instagram, and you are more than welcome to join us there if you have an account.
The Psalmist says “And I will look up” and I say yes. When, even just for a moment, I take my eyes off me and let them gaze deeply into Him, life looks different. Diapers, soapy dish water and a conflict with a friend all are afforded new perspective when I tell Him who He is, when I tell my heart who He is.
So I look up.
I take a passage of scripture that speaks a truth about God and I repeat those words back to Him. God, you are my strong tower. I praise you for being my strong tower. I let my mind linger and clear a space in my heart to receive. He writes back, and reminds me of the times where I’ve seen this very truth activated in my own life. I praise Him some more for that reminder. I wait, listen. Pray back. Speak back. Sing back. Write back. All to the God who is, on this particular day, especially, my strong tower.
When I look up, I see up. I see the beauty of this Man I barely know when I set my heart to adore a part of Him that His Book tells me about.
What started as my day’s ignition, has become a sort of survival. Peeling carrots over an already-stained page out of Psalms, I adore Him instead of despising me. As I blow-dry my hair, my thoughts linger on His beauty, not on my lack.
Beholding. I’m learning to behold something other than myself, craving the One I’ve been beholding, because how could I not? Enough glances towards this Man and words overflowing from those looks and I’m starting to believe He is who He says He is. In my daily, for my daily life.
So I invite you to join me in looking up, in adoring. In participating in something that is better than my morning chai — and that says a lot.
We will write our wanderings around His whispers. We will adore. We will fill this online, app-infused space with praise.
And in between looking up, we might catch a glimpse back at ourselves and see a countenance change.
Because you become what you behold.
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Additionally, all of the Adoration Posts can be seen, in the order of posting, by clicking here: EveryBitterThingisSweet.com/posts/adoration