Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rising while it is yet night...



The Proverbs 31 Woman Bible Study has been challenging for me this week.
 
Proverbs 31:15  “She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household, and a portion for her maidservants.”

The part that I have been struggling with is the first part…”she rises while it is yet night”.  I am not a morning person.  I have never proclaimed to be.  And every time I have tried to create that particular habit, I end up not “rising while it is yet night.”

I asked God why I can’t get up in the morning like I want to…you know, the whole “my spirit is willing but my flesh is weak theory.”  He asked me to write down in my notebook that morning’s events…

6:00am – my alarm went off, and I shut it off and rather than get up right then, I chose to stay in bed for another half hour.

6:30am – I realize I have to get up now…kids will be up soon, and things need to get done.  But now I feel behind.  And my feet hadn’t even hit the floor yet!!  I brushed my teeth and went to the kitchen to start breakfasts and lunches…

7:45am – Kids left for school and I head down to the basement to exercise.

8:30amI shower, eat my breakfast, plan the to-do list for the day, rotate 2 loads of laundry, finish a small pile of ironing, do some basement organizing as I’m waiting for the dryer to finish, and a host of other things I can’t even remember

10:00am – I sit down to have a quiet time with God

Regardless of how I look at it…I chose to sleep that first half hour and put God last, after so many other things.  Ouch!  Not exactly the Proverbs 31 Woman…

But today was different.  Today I was awake with God at 5:45am, and out of bed having my Bible study at 6am.  And let me tell you.  I am peaceful.  I know that my day is God’s, and that I am able to accomplish everything HE sets before me, and I am fine with that. 

Is my to-do list done? Nope.  But I am sitting here writing.  And that is truly a step in the right direction…

Am I Enjoying the Process?  Oh yeah, painful as it may be, because I know that I know, that as I put HIM first, all things work together for my good...

Lori

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2 comments:

MB@NewLifeSteward said...

I am currently trying to create a habit of getting up early! The hardest part for me is getting to bed on time! Eek!

I'm doing Jeff Goins writing challenge, and today's challenge is to get up TWO HOURS early tomorrow and spend that time writing. Holy Cow! That is 3:45. seriously. That's gonna be hard!

Mary Beth
newlifesteward.com

Rebecca said...

Hey Lori! I found your blog today through Women Living Well Wednesdays. :) I needed this blog entry TODAY. Thank you so much for holding me accountable with love and encouragement. This week I have been struggling with my perspective about this and didn't even realize it. So, THANKS! :)