Monday, November 12, 2018

Early Rising...why I do it!

***Disclaimer if you're a mom of an infant or toddler, offer yourself grace. That's a tough season.***

For most of my life my alarm has been set for 5:00 or 5:30 am. My different seasons in life have required me to get up that early. It might have been because of high school, dropping kids off at my mom's before my college classes (shout out to my mom for helping) or work but for the most part I woke up around the same time.

When I entered into the season of caregiver for my father, I had a difficult time not getting up early. So I still did, except this time it was to spend time with God. At the age of 37 I found God in a way that I never knew he existed. I read my Bible a chapter or two a day and summarized what I'd read (ever the teacher). After reading I'd be amazed that I had never seen certain things before.

At first it was a challenge to read at 5:30 am, but when I started to see God's word come alive it was like Christmas every morning. I'd wake up in anticipation of what he was going to show me that day. I set my chair in my room facing the window so I could watch the sunrise. I was always amazed at the daily masterpiece he created for me. Sometimes I just sit there drinking my coffee in silence as the masterpiece unfolds.

In this verse, the Psalmist says, "I prepare a sacrifice for you..."

I thought of my post on motherhood being a drink offering. Early in the morning no one sees you praying or reading the Bible, but God does.  The front loading of your day with God will never go unnoticed by him. He sees you and will give you super natural energy to make it through the day.

He also says "...and watch."

Other versions say the words wait expectantly. Throughout our seasons of motherhood, we'll have different seasons of prayers. But through it all we can wait expectantly for our prayers to be answered because he sees our sacrifice and hears our prayers. 

Getting up early and spending time with God, is a discipline I have established in my life to help me throughout my day and throughout my life.

It doesn't have to be 5 am but can you offer God getting up 30 minutes earlier? If you don't know where to start, download my Proverbs Journal and start there. 

I'm praying for you! God sees you and your sacrifices.

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