Let me help you out…it’s not because I want to.
I get up when it’s still dark because I read it in the Bible one day.
I’m of the belief that, whatever the Bible says is true.
I don’t question the Bible much anymore because I have seen for myself that when I follow what it says, my life turns out better.
I’ve been getting up before the sun for years now. Seems like forever.
When I initially began I’ll be the first to admit, it was treacherous. I was tired and grumpy during the day. That’s before I realized Gods purpose for those moments before the sun came up.
I didn’t know it when I first began, but God was setting up a special date time with me. He was carving out a time from me to come into His presence and meet with Him.
Before the day gets too busy.
God has a weird way of wooing us. Just when we think He’s just implementing another rule to make our lives miserable, He goes and reveals the purposed behind His ways. There are going to be plenty of time in your life, especially if you are a new Christ believer when you just don’t understand God.
And that’s okay.
He’s already told us that would happen (Isaiah 55:8)
But He’s also already promised that His desire is to do us good and not evil. (3 John 1:2)
If you are considering getting up early as part of your daily routine…
Go for it.
If you stick with it you won’t regret it.
If you are already doing it but feel like it’s just to much…hang in there.
There was a time when I dreaded getting up early. Now I look forward to it. In the beginning it was ritualistic prayer time in which I’d fall asleep while praying.
Now, the sleepiness falls away when I realize it’s that special time just before dawn.
During this time I meet with God.
The Lover of my soul.
And we commune. He guides my thoughts for the day. He helps me hone in on how I can be a greater help meet to my husband, mother to my children and friend. He gives me direction and comfort regarding problems I can’t fix and reassurance of His unchanging love no matter the outcome of the situations.
In His presence I am so aware of all of my sins, fears, failures and shortcoming. But in theses moments, He takes all of those things away. In these early moments together He strips away me and clothes me with Him.
I’ve learned in these moments, that I cannot be an effective Christian women without quiet alone time with MY FATHER.
An effective Christian women for me is one who is patient with her husband and children throughout the day. Not one that is stressed out and short tempered.
She is one who is able to prioritize her life based on God’s plan for her and not her own. Kindness, helpfulness, joyfulness and prayerfulness is part of her character.
I’ve been the women who has lacked those traits and I never want to be her again.
For this reason, I look forward to those stolen moments with God.
It is in those moments that He makes me new.
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