Getting up early has proven NOTHING but beneficial for me. I've noticed how my attitude has changed and my mood just seems to be better.
Seriously though, I have to say I've been wrestling a bit with God. I'm struggling with contentment and just being happy with what God has given me. I've been fretting over things I thought I needed or was so sure about and they were not given to me. I've been disappointed, and I've been struggling to get over it.
I know in my heart it is so ridiculous to fret about such things, but my human self is just sinful and because of my discontentment I struggle. But James rocks my socks off.
"Count it ALL (big or little) joy my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have it's full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." - James 1:2-4
Phew...can I get an amen?!
My point is, I never thought getting up early would change my life this much. His mercies are new every morning, and I'm finding that because my day begins with Christ, that I'm trying to remain steadfast in him,
my days just go better over all. Getting up and heading downstairs as the sun is rising, sipping on some wonderful (and free...thanks Chad for my supply) Starbucks freshly brewed coffee before I get downstairs, and opening the pages of my Bible has been the best decision I've made in a long time. I've never been a morning person, but now I feel like I can say I am.
Sure I still struggle, and sure I still sin (a lot!) but I'm turning to him throughout the day for help, comfort, and guidance...and I can't tell you enough how wonderful that is!