For the past two weeks, I have been working on the first step in my mission of motherhood: I have been trying to get up earlier than my children to spend time praying and studying God’s word. Getting up early is not easy for me, in fact, I hate the very thought of it! When it comes right down to it, I do love getting up early and here’s why!
I love getting up early…
Because I really didn’t like having to face the demands of my children the instant I opened my eyes. Diapers that need to be changed, babies who need to be nursed, preschoolers who love milk when they first wake up… I am thankful for my sweet babies, but I love having time to collect myself, time to focus and prepare for the day. When my babies do wake up, I am in such better spirits to receive them and meet their needs!
Because I am growing closer to God. When I get up early in the morning to spend time with God, I am ensuring that I get the time to be with Him. I am faithfully opening my Bible, doing my Beth Moore study, and praying. I am learning so much about God and can see him so much more clearly in the day!
Because it gives me perspective. Praying for my husband, my children, my family, my friends, my enemies, myself… it just helps me to see the world a little more clearly.
Because the rest of the day goes so much smoother. When I spend the first part of the day focusing on the Lord, I am so much more at peace the rest of the day. I am often praying for patience, since I lack it so very much! There are times when chaos is ensuing and I feel like I’m about to lose it, and suddenly, I remember praying in the morning for God’s patience, for a peace to overcome me, to not react like how Chelsey would react, but how God would. I’m not going to say it works all the time, but hey, I’ve only been doing this for two weeks! Old habits die hard, but God is changing me little by little, day by day. Making sure that I spend time with Him daily can only help!
“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.” ~Richard Whately
How do you feel on days that you aren’t able to spend time with God?