459. Casting Votes for Yourself

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Episode 459


Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Mark 1:35


I wanted to look for the importance of routine because I was talking to my therapist, and I wanted to put a shameless plug there that we can all love Jesus and still see therapy. And if you’ve been with me for a while, you know that the last couple of months were hard at home. And so I thought it was best to talk to someone about it. And so, in our conversations, she has mentioned several times how important it is to cast folds for yourself to work on yourself. And I know that the Bible always talks about loving others and loving your neighbor as you do yourself. So how do we lower ourselves, or will society always twist those and make it very egotistical and make it something very selfish and something that doesn’t typically align with our values and beliefs as Christians. But the truth is, if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of others. So there is power in love for myself. 


It’s just understanding the true love of grace of God and the true love of Christ and how we can emulate that for ourselves. So, you know, sticking to our routines is what allows us to step off on the right foot each morning. And really, I like to say the right is for each morning. I say that all the time because there’s a difference between being on the right foot and being on the righteous foot. If we are in right standing with Jesus, there is nothing that can come our way. We can put on the armor of God as we talked about earlier this week, and we can put our faith before us in every situation. But to do so, we have to have some sort of routine that grounds us each and every day for you. 


It’s probably tuning in at whatever time they do, what’s perhaps a waking up doing your face routine or your skincare routine, doing your teeth, her teen whatever it is that you do in the mornings to get alone and to spend time. Maybe you don’t have much time because you’re caring for your little ones, and you’re running around in the mornings, and perhaps the drive to the office is your only moment of quiet time wherever you find yourself today. 


Let us be very cautious and conscious of carving time out for ourselves to do as Jesus did. Let us go off to a solitary place and let our prayers be known to him. Let us understand the power behind doing so. Because every time we do what we say we’re going to do. So we fulfill the routine every time we go and eat healthy because we tell ourselves that we bought the food at the grocery store. 


It’s time to actually cook and eat it. Every time we meditate, every time we go for a walk after work. Every time we grab our bottles of water, every time we think of ourselves in that matter. Every time we put our Health First, we cast a vote for our future self, and what I wanted us to do is prioritize taking care of ourselves. Because in doing so, we can then take care of others. And it’s the cliche vision of when you’re in an airplane, and they tell you that you must put on your mask first before you put on someone else’s mask. Should anything happen on the flight? You can’t take care of others if you don’t first have the oxygen to supply your body; therefore, it cannot function without it.



Father God, I thank you for the opportunity and for continuing to learn more and more about myself every day. Lord, we continue to thank you for that. Every single one of us is walking different lives, different seasons, different trajectories, and you have us all in the palm of your hand. Lord, help us in carving that time every single day to not only get away and speak with you but to continue to work deeper within ourselves. Let us continue to cast votes for our future self. So in return, we can bless others, or we cannot feel other people if we are empty. So, Lord, we look to you for guidance and strength. And we look to you to help us start on the righteous foot each morning. We know that when we do so, we are following your lead; we love you with absolutely everything in us, and it is in your holy name that we pray. Amen.

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Hi, I'm Ali.
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I'm the coffee obsessed baker from Miami, FL who got too busy to find time to read scripture everyday. I knew my life was better with Jesus and I knew I wasn't the only one struggling with finding alone time with God every morning, so I put my dreams of opening a bakery aside and set out to produce a five minute daily devotional. What first started as an email chain, has now flourished into a beautiful community and I am so happy you are here!


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