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It was in every single book and blog post I was reading. From the the Mahaney ladies’ 5 AM Club in Shopping for Time to Anne Ortlund committing to meet with God in the wee morning hours in Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman. I knew I needed to get up earlier—to meet with God, to be ready to face the day.
I’d literally been waking up and seeing the clock every morning between 5 and 6 a.m. for months. But there’s this small thing called a baby boy who doesn’t think nights are for sleeping. And a mamma’s need for rest. So I’d fall back to sleep, thinking of what I could get done if I’d join the 5 a.m. club.
I knew I needed to start making some changes. I knew that eventually, when I was homeschooling full-time, my power hour or my writing time was going to have to move to the early-morning hours.
But the sentence that really got me was about “waking up for your children instead of to them.” I don’t know where I got that exact phrase, but Christin writes something similar in her guest post on Inspired to Action:
It is so important that we prepare ourselves to welcome our children into the day as opposed to making them feel they are intruding on us.
The mornings I did rise early, things went so much more smoothly, and I got so much more done. But then I’d have to sleep in out of sheer exhaustion from the long nights of teething.
There was a week where I propelled myself out of bed early and went on a walk. Then hunting season and my husband’s work and Daylight Savings piled one on top of the other, making it impossible to be out walking safely before the rest of the family awakened.
So I’m learning once again that flexibility is a must, in this as in every area of the life of a farmer’s wife, the life of a mother. And that even if I don’t get in physical exercise in the morning, I still need spiritual exercise to prepare for my day.
But I’m waking earlier. It’s baby step by baby step, but it’s progress.
I’m trying to give myself grace. But I’m also trying to gradually practicing getting up before the rest of my family. All while remembering that still being awake at night to go to bed with my husband is just as important as getting up for my children….
How about you? Does your alarm go off at a certain time each morning?