31 days: lesson 4, rise up

I have never been a morning person.  Never.  I once had a job where I had to be there by 5am.  I thought I was going to die after 2 months.  I switched to a job that started at 10am…and I had to set my alarm clock.  I kept that job for 3 years until Isabel was born.  I was told that once the baby came I wouldn’t be able to sleep in again even if the baby was sleeping.  Not true.  I think I have grown up so much since high school, but I could probably steal sleep until noon.  I would much rather stay up late than get up early.  What am I talking about?  Why does it matter?

Over the last month or so I have been getting up around 6:00-6:30am!  Why you say?  Because the bottom line is I need a time of prayer and Bible before the kids are awake.  I dig it.  It still takes Nick a few nudges to get me going though.  So what’s the lesson?  Getting up early is crucial to my time with Jesus, thus my attitude with my family.  I am more prepared for each day.  I don’t get awakened by a child who already has a list of demands…that can make a non-morning person even less excited to get up.

For years I tried to point out that I was just never a morning person and that’s just how I am.  It didn’t matter when I had my time so long as I did have my time.  I could stay up late and do the same thing.  Right?  Nope.  Nick kindly pointed out that only people who want to sleep in say that.  The truth is that for years my devotional life has been hit and miss because once I got going I didn’t stop.  Now, I look forward to early mornings spending time with Jesus and my husband.  This is important for you too.  Get up at least 1 hour before you think the kids will.  Have your quiet time and plan out your day.  Stop quoting Proverbs 27:14 “He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him”…to your overly happy morning-person husband.  (See even the Bible says I should sleep in…lol)

“And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:”  Genesis 19:25

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”  Psalm 5:3

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he (Jesus) went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”  Mark 1:5

A sacrifice of time and sleep can greatly bless your life.  You are officially challenged :)  Get up!  Time to wake up!  Rise and shine!

 

*Tip: drinking coffee instead of missing out on Jesus is a good price to pay.  My coffee drinking has commenced yet again.  Even bought a coffee maker ;)

 

 

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2 thoughts on “31 days: lesson 4, rise up

  1. I am right there with you! I am not a morning person either. I even have been spoiled with a hubby who will get up with the kids in the a.m. and let me sleep when I need to (which of course is often ;) ) The last few weeks I have been watching some kids for extra income, and they arrive at 6! I have to get up and ready before then, and have been trying to get up with enough time for prayer too! Your post is giving me encouragement to keep that up! I’ll think of you over coffee tomorrow morning :)

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    1. It’s hard for sure, but God will give increase when you need it (such as energy). Hang in there with the baby…it’s a season that seems to be forever, and then it’s suddenly over.

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