5:30am. That's about two hours until Big Sister wakes up, depending on the day. That's two more hours of sleep for me. Two more hours of my cozy bed, snuggling with Baby Boy.
However, I've been feeling God calling me to something different over the past couple of weeks. A tugging at my heart/soul to make a change. I've been harried and frazzled the past month, partly due to a newborn in the family, but also due to the fact that I had no plan of action for my days and weeks. Critical things were being left undone and untouched and the worry and anxiety started to escalate. I knew God was leading me in the direction of rising earlier in the morning, but I pushed it away. I mean, I did just have a baby...shouldn't that be my excuse for getting out of anything I don't want to do?!
Not so much.
I came across this great website Inspired to Action, and was really intrigued. There is a free e-book, Maximize Your Mornings, that teaches you how to get up early in the morning, spend time in the Word, pray, and plan for your day. You'll even have time for a workout and shower, she claims! This sounded all too good to be true. Could I really get up that early? Did I really feel I could commit to that at this point in my life? I talked to Ben about it and decided it was something I should try. After all, I could just get right back in bed if I wanted to!
Well, I did it. This morning 5:30am came way too early, but I got up, got my coffee, Bible, notebook, and laptop and started my day. I won't say it was easy. I won't say I did all I needed to do for this week. I won't say I look amazing or have a ton of energy, but I made a step in the right direction. I know this is what God wants me to do and and I know this is how He is going to shape me into a better mother and wife.
Although waking up at 5:30am may not be the answer for you, I encourage you to find some stretch of time during your day to spend in prayer and in the Word and then plan for your week.
I'll update you on how these 5:30 wake up calls go in the next couple of weeks!