Welcome, dear one!
This challenge for myself has been brewing in my soul&mind for a long time. The Lord has steadily kept whispering to me, “get up early & spend time with me.” I see it jump off the pages of the Bible; I see it first in lessons I’m reading. And yet, I wrestle with it; oh, I wrestle!
I am a mother of four sons, 7 and under. When they were little babies, I felt like my days were such a blur of urgent chores, that I couldn’t possibly keep my sanity without quiet time with the Lord. I considered getting up early, but felt the Lord whisper to me, “rest in me, dear one.” And I embraced that gift!! Nap time was the absolute perfect time for me to have quiet time to read, write, pray & grow. I needed that time, & the Lord was so faithful to shape me & make me through it!
But now? My baby is beginning to give up his morning nap time, which gives me freedom! But, at the loss of that one time during the day when my house was still. Afternoon nap for him happens after elementary school pick up, and although I do sometimes try to have quiet time for myself then, I like to be spending time with my boys. Let’s be honest, some days I NEED those few quiet minutes by 3pm to re-energize for the chores of the evening because I get worn out & grumpy! haha!
Enter, the whispers of the Lord. So, at the beginning of this school year, I started trying to get up at 6am to read scripture. I’m nearly on track to finish reading the ‘Bible in a year’ plan at the end of year 3! But even though I haven’t done it perfectly, it has been so meaningful to me & the Lord has been gracious to bless me through studying his Word. It may seem like this is a victory in the ‘early quiet time’ department, but for me it hasn’t been. I’ve hit the snooze button far to frequently, and if you ask my dear husband, he will tell you how frequently! I haven’t actually managed to craft that space in those morning hours where I rise & sit with the Lord, un-rushed. Enter: my 31 Days writing challenge.
I am planning to rise at 5:30am, get myself out of bed, and spend some time with the Lord. I want to write about how this impacts my mind&heart&body, because it feels like giving up rest I value. But I have confidence that the Lord will help me wake & rise, because I will struggle to do it on my own. I am excited to see how the Lord will use it in my life, and I pray it becomes a habit. I trust that the upside-down kingdom of God will show up; just as I feel I’m giving up something I ‘need’, the Lord will show me how He will meet my need. When it feels that I’m pouring out, becoming empty, the Lord always, always fills me. Whether it is in His service, or in faithfulness, what I see as ‘giving up’ the Lord returns to me in fullness. His mystery! His Grace.
So join me? You won’t have to wake at 5:30am, but you can come along on this journey of where He takes me during our time together. I’m so curious to see what He has planned, because it is always better than my plans.
Wake.Up.Call begins tomorrow!