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Beware of new leaves turning.

January 13, 2009

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Lamentations 3:22-24

22(A) The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;[a]
his mercies never come to an end;

23they are new(B) every morning;
(C) great is your faithfulness.
24(D) “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
(E) “therefore I will hope in him.”

Ok. so it might not be the 5am club, but is the 545 am club good enough? 😉  I have had the realization a few weeks ago that I was not serving God, my family nor myself by “laying on” on my “days off” from my salaried job.  What in one sense was self serving was in a more real sense self hurting.  Please don’t get me wrong, sometimes there is nothing more glorious than the occasional lay in with my husband when the kids come in and jump on our bed.  But when the exception becomes the rule it hurts my family.

Hence my joining of the 545am club! 😉  My eldest son Tommy has to get up for the bus at that time (it arrives between 615 and 620 in the morning) so it just is a good jumping off point for my day.  I am able to ease into by helping getting him ready for the bus.  Actually squeezing in a (tired) conversation with a hug and a kiss before he leaves.

When he is gone I am able to scan my emails leisurely while my two youngest are still snug in their beds.  Imagine that, being able to read my emails (and blog 😉 ) without being tense because they won’t leave mummy alone.  Somehow my email time isn’t feeling as self serving with the knowledge that previously I would have been back in bed snoring.. errr did I say snoring.? Only Ronan snores… I am a delicate princess! 😉

My next captured treasure is time with God.  I am going to savor a cup of coffee maybe a slice of toast with clotted cream and jam while I delve into my scripture portion of the day.  How precious is this time with God as the sun is just now filtering through my windows.

Now I can unhurriedly rouse Malachy from his dreams.  No hurry, just easing him into his full day of Kindergarten.  Hard work to be a kindergartener these days.  You have to catch a big yellow bus, read,write, color, play with buddies etc 😉  What a joy to start his day with hugs not tense words.

Molly, now she is not ready to join the 545am club.  She can still be a bit of a lay about.  But at 2 years of age, I think she can get a pass.  But she gets the benefits as well.  She has a mom refreshed by our gracious God and savior.  A home that is more organized and calm.  A happy daddy and brothers.  Plus, she is just a happy toddler by design.

Now, to put my words into actions.  In humility I ask you to keep my accountable in staying faithful to my God, my family and my “club”.  Peace be with you friends!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2009 8:52 am

    This is great, Karen. Thank you for the inspiration. And those verses were God-sent for me this morning. thank you.

  2. January 13, 2009 5:08 pm

    Sounds like a great new start. Except for the clotted cream and jam part. Are you gonna be my health partner in deed or just word? :)-

  3. Anna permalink
    January 18, 2009 6:33 pm

    I’m coming out of lurkdum to say….go you! I’ve read that part of the book a couple times, cringing each time. Seriously though I agree with you. I have found when I consistantly rise earlier, I can get a ton done in my day. Anna 🙂

    • January 19, 2009 11:27 am

      YAY! Anna came of of her previous blurking status! 😉 Thank you for the encouragement girlie. I appreciate any prayers that i can get.

  4. August 4, 2010 5:12 am

    hmmm
    I will start at 6.45am & work my way towards wee hours,
    for i am a lady of small steps…
    …and grateful for encouragment.
    god bless

    • August 4, 2010 11:01 am

      I wish i could say that I was faithfully still rising early. I took the summer break off from rising early. with your comment i have a renewed spur on to rising early for the benefit of my faith and family.

      God bless you as well.

      oh, and whatever is your early to rise is, is the right time for you. 🙂

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