I am by no means a “morning person.” I groan when my alarm goes off, I won’t speak to anyone until I’ve been out of bed for at least an hour, and even then I’m grouchy. But occasionally, there are days that I am awake before my family. On those days I am even joyful to jump out of the bed and sit outside with my Bible and have personal time with God. My favorite thing about being the first one up in the morning (on the rare occasion that actually happens) is the peacefulness that seems to wrap itself around the trees and the sunlight. It’s just me, my Bible, and a cup of my current favorite hot tea (today it’s peppermint!). Whenever I am up that early, I feel like the day is going to go very well! But, as I mentioned earlier, that doesn’t happen very often. What usually happens is something like this: my alarm goes off at 5:00AM and I hit the snooze button. 10 minutes later, the alarm sounds again, and I hit the snooze button again; I do it over and over until I’ve got 10 minutes till time to leave the house, and I jump out of the bed, hurriedly wash and dress, and run out of the door! I get to work flustered, and realize I’ve forgotten my lunch bag! Oh, how I long for one of the peaceful mornings!
Yesterday was one of those lovely days. I awoke at 6:15, and made a cup of cinnamon tea, and sat on the porch just looking at the morning sun shining through the trees onto the dewy grass. The cool, crisp morning air mixed pleasantly with the warm sunshine. It was beautiful! The Lord brought to my mind all of the problems I could solve in my personal life if I would just wake up early enough to give the first part of my day to Him, and to prepare for the rest of the day. Oh, how many precious family moments I have missed because I was sleeping! My mom has mentioned this to me before, several times, and she and I have been up for the last few mornings having devotions together. “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.” Psalm 24:33-34
Dear Lord, help me to give my every morning to You. Help me to rise early and praise You for the day that You have given! Thank You for being so good to me!