Friday, December 26, 2008

I did it!!

I've mentioned in the past of my desire to start waking up earlier in the mornings. My usual wake up call is the children come knocking on the door with one of these beautiful lines:

1. "Mommy! I'm hunnnnnngry!"
2. "Mommy! Bradley's stinky!"
3. "Mommy! I went pee-pee on my bed!"

I roll over, half bleary eyed, and mumble something about being there in a minute. Meanwhile, the children run around the house until I can get up and get dressed. Not exactly how I'd like my mornings to go. They get grumpy, I get grumpy. Yuck. I've heard many, many moms say how wonderful it is to get up nice and early so that you have time to prepare for the day. "Well, that's a nice thought." I'd always think. But getting out of bed early is SOOO hard! (at least for me, anyway) Well, I finally did it. Yay! John had to be at work at 6:00am the other day. I had started praying the day before, "Lord, please give me the strength and will power to get up!" The alarm went off at 5:45am (obviously it doesn't take John long to get ready for work!) and I got up! It was kinf of funny because John looked over at me and said, "Are you getting up for the day???" I just smiled and said "Yup." People, it was SO nice. I had a whole hour and a half to get things done. I started off with having a very refreshing time of reading God's Word and coming to Him in prayer. Usually my times with God are with the children interuppting every couple minutes with something. Which, isn't there fault. They are children. I totally take the blame for that. After that I had time to unload the dishwasher, wash some dishes that I had been too tired to wash the night before, start a load of laundry, make the bed and get the children's breakfast ready. I even had time to check my email, which usually I do while they eat breakfast. When they woke up I was able to greet them with a smile and a hug. And then we all had breakfast together. How lovely! I was anticipating in the afternoon for me to be really tired but, surprisingly, I wasn't! So, now I just need to keep the momentum going. I have to admit that the past couple days I haven't been getting up early, but I blame that on the fact that we've been out pretty late at night. A few verses that motivated me:

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;" ~Psalm 63:1

"I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me." ~Proverbs 8:17

"With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness." ~Isaiah 26:9

If you've been thinking about getting your day started a little earlier, I totally encourage it. The difference in my whole day was amazing!

Running the race,


Anonymous said...

This is actually something I have listed, believe it or not, on my Bucket List. I have never been able to be a morning person and I definitely want to be better in this part of my lifestyle. I gave up caffeine so that I didn't have to rely on it when I woke up; now I'm in need of working on relying on God to awake me with a fresh spirit. Definitely something I'll be working on in the coming new year!! I am glad to see things are working out for you...keep the momentum going.

Marie said...

Good job Amanda! I am going to try and do a better job of this too. Maybe we can help each other out. A little accountability between friends is never a bad thing. Do you have texting on your phone?

Anyway I am proud of you. I liked those verses you mentioned too. Maybe I should hang them by my bed.

Banana said...

Hmmm I have to try that! Usually when Dan comes in with Calvin and says "I have go to work... you have to get up!" I say "uhh, 5 more minutes?" Bad, I know. Maybe it will be my new year resolution