"Caitlin Rooooseeee, it's time to waaaake uuupppp." I can so vividly
remember the way my mom would say that, I also recall how much I hated hearing it! It was like nails on a chalkboard.
mean really, who actually likes to be woken up? I remember my dad (who
spoiled me as I was the only child) was my human alarm clock and he
accommodated my crazy request of coming thirty minutes before I actually
needed to wake up and then come back again when it was a must. (This is
before the age of iPhone where you can just set your own multiple
alarms.) I hated the idea of waking up so much that I felt like this
concept was beating it! "Ha! I'll wake up when I want to!"
doesn't hit the snooze button once, or twice, or fifteen times. (Yes,
I'm one of those... I can actually sleep through snoozing for a couple
hours.) The snooze button and I have been friends for quite some
As much as you don't want to hear this (and neither do I on a typical day): it really is time to WAKE UP and say goodbye
to the snooze button. I know sleep is something that is so precious to
most of us (and rightly so, we need a good amount of it to function and
be the best version of ourselves.) But I have proven to myself time and
time again, that when I wake up just a little earlier than I need
to, just enough time to be still, to think about the things that matter
and spend time with the One who knows me better than I know myself....
EVERY little thing in my life will be better.
This is one
of my favorite quotes from an artist, Brian Andreas: "I've always liked
the time before dawn because there's no one around to
remind me who I'm supposed to be, so it's easier to remember who I am."
I know the "waking-up-earlier-than-you-have-to"
part is not fun and it doesn't sound appealing. Trust me, as a young
mom with two beautiful baby boys, the thought of waking up before them
sounds like pure stupidity. But just picture with me: complete
stillness, a grateful heart, no responsibilities or expectations from
anyone have begun for the day yet, a time to quiet your heart and mind
and just sit with you, yourself and I AM. I AM-- the Creator of the universe, the Lover of your soul, the perfect Father, the best Friend, and the list goes on.
is more refreshing than some quiet time, coffee (it's a must for me!), a
journal, some music and the Word of Life. It's a time to gain
perspective, be grateful and just BE YOU without any expectations. Just
putting yourself before God and letting His presence make your day. (Psalm 27:4)* We
have so much that we carry with us day-to-day. (1 Peter 5:7, Psalm
55:22)* No matter what stage of life you're in. I promise it's the most
refreshing thing to start your day with Him. You'll never leave
thinking, "gosh... I wish I didn't do that this morning!" You'll always
And now this one I know you've probably
heard before, but sincerely.... Jesus did it. (Mark 1:35)* And I want to
follow His example and be more like Him. If He needed it, it helped
Him... than surely I need it and it will help me. We all could use a
Just try it. Please. Just for a week. Seven
days. You can do it. I promise it will be worth it. You'll be a better
YOU. You'll walk in a better world. He's on the throne already, but it's
so important for us to daily choose to give Him His place on the throne
of our hearts. (Hebrews 4:16)*
I'd love to hear your stories of how it changed your day. So please share!
|You snooze, you lose. OR. Wake up and live. |
* Truth in Words
"One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple." (Psalm 27:4 AMP)
"Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7 AMP)
"Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you." (Psalm 55:22 NLT)
"Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray." (Mark 1:35 NLT)
"Let us then fearlessly and confidently and
boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited
favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and
find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and
well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. " (Hebrews 4:16 AMP)
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