Good morning, morning, hello sunshine, wake up sleepy head….
Are you a morning person??? Well I’m not and never have been. I love that extra few minutes in bed and really struggle to get up early and get going.
My brain doesn’t seem to really kick into gear until about 9 am and my eyes don’t focus properly for about an hour after I rise.
I have struggled with getting up early since I was a young person. I would rather have had a late night than an early morning. My brother was one of those people who could get up at 5 am and study for his exams. I would set the alarm but just sleep through it.
In my second job we worked flexi-time. That meant that you could start work anywhere between 7.30 and 9.30 am and could finish from 4 pm onwards. If you wanted a day off you could work extra hours until you had enough time saved up. I am sure you can imagine that I wasn’t one to start at 7.30 am and it was rare that I got extra days off.
I struggled somewhat through the night when our babies were little, but somehow I managed to get through it.
Now that our children are getting older I see similarities between them and me. I especially notice how our younger children react in the morning.
No 2 son wakes up extremely well, he used to be out of bed first and be playing with his lego way before we would be up. He sleeps a bit longer now but is still quite chirpy and happy in the morning – not like me at all. He is more like his father who believes that the early morning is the best time of the day. I think it is the best time of the day to sleep in!!!
No 2 daughter unfortunately is just like me in the morning. She loves to read at night to get to sleep, and sometimes sleep takes a while to come. When this happens she struggles to get out of bed in the morning. Most mornings she isn’t really chirpy and happy.
This has really opened my eyes to how I am in the morning. I am now aware that I can be grumpy and irritable. I have been trying to get to bed earlier and be more cheerful in the morning to show her that this is a better way to be.
Proverbs 31 is an amazing chapter in scripture and I am sure we all try to emulate this excellent wife, but I definitely struggle with verse 15. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.
How do I rise while it is still night (dark) and organise breakfast for everyone? How do I find an enthusiasm for getting going in the morning??? How do I show my younger daughter how to do it if I can’t do it myself???
I have a choice. I can choose to get up and be grumpy or I can choose to get up and be happy and cheerful. I need to choose the latter. I’m going to pray each night for God to give me a good restful sleep and ask Him to help me get up and get going.
I want us all to start the day with a good attitude and be enthusiastic in all that we do. I want to endeavor to do all to His Glory and not my own fleshly desires.
How do you wake up in the morning?? Do you struggle or are you one of the ones who are naturally cheerful?? What do you do to get up and get going??? Any ideas will be gratefully received???
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