I know that some people are morning people and some people are night owls and some people…well, it’s best to hang out with them in the middle of the day. As for me and my husband, I’d say we’re morning people.
Getting out of bed before the toddlers do is quite vital to the sanity and happiness of our household (at least history proves this to be true). I need time to wake up, drink some coffee, and read some Scripture (and hopefully pray too) before I see little hands and feet-precious as they are-begging for breakfast and hugs and story time.
Knowing this necessity, I still find it challenging to wake up when the alarm goes off. Especially in the winter months-it’s cold, it’s dark, and it’s oh so much more cozy under the blankets. When the alarm first beeps or I hear my husband roll out of bed (whichever comes first), I must admit that the thoughts in my head are rarely pleasant. Some go something like this:
- ‘I sure could use one more hour of sleep.’
- ‘Oh no, another full day of cold and ice and toddlers.’
- ‘Can’t I have one day OFF of work?’
I’ve been thinking about ways to wake up a bit more joyful…thoughts to think or songs to hear that would push away the dread of the day and bring in a greater eagerness to hurry downstairs and find the words God has written for me that day.
So, I’m thinking through memorizing a few of these verses, with the hopes that they will come to mind when I hear the ‘beep, beep, beep, beep.’
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go,for to you I lift up my soul.
Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
This is just a start. Even as I write, I’m thinking that I could also have a song or hymn to think on as I go to sleep and then to try and remember as I wake up. Getting up early doesn’t equal holiness or more enjoyment of God. But for me, it is the time when such things are MOST POSSIBLE. And so, I want to work hard to feel a little more joy and excitement when the clock strikes and it’s time to pull my head away from the pillow.
How do you wake up in the morning? Any methods or practices that help you rise with joy instead of dread?