wondering… why returning to Him… in the evening… is hard…

I confess… in the pursuit of a regular… disciplined… evening offering of time to Him… I’ve failed…

Now… I knew it would be hard… and I would fail at some point… but it’s made me wonder… Why is it so hard…? to return to Him… in the evening…?

Or maybe a better question is… Why has the morning offering… become such a blessing…?

A hymn from Sunday… causes me to ponder this question…

Morning has Broken… its last verse…

Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God’s recreation of the new day!


And I see it… each morning… an opportunity to re-create a new day… an opportunity to start fresh…

The blessing of a do-over each day… drives me to sit with Him… seeking… praising…

Approaching Him… each morning with an anticipation… fresh… like coffee… warming up to Him… awakening with Him…

So what… about the evening… is so hard…? What attitude should I take toward Him in the evening…? What desires… do I have… at the end of the day…?

This morning… in the fresh… looking back on the failure… and a lame effort at an offering last evening… I see my greatest desire at the end of the day… is… rest

Just as He re-creates each new day… resurrects us from sleep… to new life… He also offers rest…

“… Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. …” — Jesus
Matthew 11:28 ESV

To cease from work… and rest in Him… here is the attitude… the stance… the approach… to take toward the evening offering…

Giving Him… each failure… and victory… from the day…

Receiving… forgiveness… and grace…

Recognizing… Him at work… in all of it…

So I might… rest…

Today… my attitude toward the evening offering… will be seeking rest… at the end of the day… even when there may still be work to do…

Lord… help me to develop an attitude… of anticipation… 
for the evening offering… of time to You…
You invite me… to rest… in You… 
and that is what I desire… at the end of each day…
You are… my… Rest…

The prayer… to begin… an evening offering…
Return, O my soul, to your rest;
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
Psalm 116:7 ESV

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