Thursday, August 07, 2008


minneapolis 7.2008
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!


Lauren W said...

You always seem to give me the best reminders. I love how often God works through people to speak.
Anyway, I would really love to start waking up early to have that time, but I just can't seem to pull myself out of sleep. Any tips?

dancebythelight said...

I've been inconsistent with my early rising too. Although I don't do my devotions first thing (instead do them during their morning nap), if I don't wake up before them, I'm not well prepared for the day or to serve them well. Your post was encouraging!

Anonymous said...

God is not interested in our circumstances (he made the circumstances) He is interested in our character! What comes out of us and what develops in us through the circumstances.

Megan said...

i just love all your thoughts, esp the ones you've shared of late. so true. i'm glad you're sharing the am journeys with us! i was never a morning person either :) but now i more than am. (ok, that was a bad sentence...but you follow me...)


Sarah said...

So happy to see how it's changing you. Makes me really want to give the rising early thing a try. I have a hard time getting up in the morning, and generally only do if I have to... and even then, I don't give myself enough time for quiet time, just enough time to get ready.

Thanks for the encouragement and proof that it really IS worth it.

Josh said...

I've ALWAYS wanted to do that. I despise waking up before I have to, so it's a pipe dream for me. I would hear the alarm, know I don't HAVE to get up, then go back to bed. So sad.

Dad said...

I'm up early reading your blog. How cool is this !