Monday, March 5, 2012

I DON'T want to do this - but it's worth it.



The other day I started writing a post asking advice for how to adjust to working full-time and not taking away from my time with God.

Not that my whole day isn't God's - it is. I just know that to be able to truly focus on Him throughout my day, I have to surrender it to Him in the morning. For me it HAS to be in the morning. If I spend time in the Word and in prayer in the morning it changes my whole day for the better because it affects my mindset.

So then after thinking about this, and starting to write about it, I realized exactly what I needed to do.

And I didn't want to do it.

But I have to do it.

Or else my relationship with God and the daily surrendering to Him will suffer. And that can't happen.

I have to wake up super early.


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Ugh. Ask my husband and he will tell you in 2 seconds that I am NOT a morning person. In the least. I've been known to say all kinds of crazy things when his alarm has gone off only to fall right back asleep and never remember it. I've had full phone conversations with my mother and gone back to sleep and never knew they happened.

One time Jordan's alarm was going off and apparently I sat up in bed and yelled, "Seriously?!" and slammed my fists down on the bed and flopped over and went back to sleep. Or so he tells me.

So this is no easy feat for me. But it is worth it. I mean my relationship with God is the MOST important thing in my life. So having a specific, set-apart time in His Word and in prayer is imperative.

Yes, I can be in prayer throughout the day. And yes, I have a devotion time with Jordan at night. But I can't cut this precious time out. No way.

So I will rise early and I will praise the Lord for making a new day and that His mercies are new every morning! Because I am so BLESSED and most of all I am thankful for how he has REDEEMED me! 

(And Jordan will hold me accountable. Haha.)

So how do you make sure you have enough set-apart time for the Lord in your busy day? I'd love to hear about it!

Ashley

17 comments:

  1. I could not have read this at a better time. Not even kidding when I say the past month I have had every intention of starting this habit...spending time with God in the morning. But I am like you- dead to the world when sleeping and a character from The Walking Dead for about the first 10 mins after I wake up. But my relationship with God is more important than that extra 30 minutes. Thanks for this post!

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  2. Getting up super early is what works best for me. It's been such a blessing in so many ways. It definitely sets me up to have the right mindset all day, and I honestly believe it helps me be more productive.

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  3. I always found that the most difficult part of getting up extra early was going to bed at a reasonable time. 8hrs of sleep is 8hrs of sleep - we just have to adjust the time frame.

    p.s. It gets easier as time goes by and you develop the habit.
    :)

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  4. Praying for you sweetie! :)

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  5. It's 4:52 a.m., are you awake???? :)

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  6. I read my bible in the morning. It's not super early then because I am a student, but it is early for me. I would like to say that I do it every single morning. But I do not. Sometimes I do not make it out of bed early enough. I used to read and pray in the evening, but it did not work. I have no concentration left plus it gives me strength to do it in the morning before my crazy life really starts. Nice post!

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  7. Love this post! I also have to get up super early to spend time with my Savior. I'm not fully awake first thing in the morning, so I go in to work 45 minutes early and spend that time with God. It is crucial to my day and has to remain a #1 priority (over sleep, unfortunately)! Have a great day! :)

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  8. Thank you thank you for sharing this post... a friend and I were just talking about the same thing.

    and I'm with you, I HAVE TO!!!!

    I struggle a lot and hope that it soon becomes a habit, but it's necessary, absolutely necessary!

    Be blessed.

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  9. I cracked up thinking you screaming "SERIOUSLY?!" and flopping back in the bed... pretty sure I've done something very similar, as I am definitely NOT a morning person either. I've been gradually setting my clock a few minutes earlier each day for the past few weeks.. TRYING to get up early and accomplish things like devotions, packing lunch, etc. I hope the gradual change in time will help!

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  10. So funny that you would post this as I just had this conversation with a great friend of mine the other night. I have to leave for work by 7:10, so I was finally coming to the conclusion after avoiding it for months, that I need to really be up around 5:30-5:45ish to have my time with the Lord and have it not be rushed. This is a STRUGGLE for me. I am NOTTTTT a morning person, but we are all in this together!!! It makes such a difference. I did it yesterday, and my whole day just went better. Things irritated me less. Enjoy your time with the Lord as well!

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  11. I'm so glad that you can be honest and hilarious! I am that way in the mornings too...I need to work on it!

    Allyson
    http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

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  12. That's great that you're able to carve out that time for Him each morning. I take the time on my way to work each morning to pray and talk to God. Then, I read my Bible in the afternoons between me getting home from work and David getting home. I hope the early wake up isn't too rough!

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  13. I am so like you. Mornings are not my thing and waking up so early makes it hard to incorporate this but it is the most important way to start the day! Thanks so much for your inspiration today!
    -Nichole
    http://andwhatcouldstandagainst.blogspot.com/

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  14. You will truly have to see what works. As you have changes in your life you will have to figure out when to have your quiet time. Mine is at night. With my alarm going off at 4:30 to get me out of bed by 5:00 and trying to get the kids ready and out the door with me to school to arrive by 6:45, it doesn't make for QUIET time. It is a rushed morning. I choose to "curl up" with the Lord before I go to bed. I'll admit that sometimes I fall asleep in the middle or even before I do my devotions, but I have learned to keep the Lord near to my thoughts at all times through the day. I have learned that my quiet time may be seeing something He has made or something that is "ordinary" that I see as a gift from Him and I praise Him for it. I learn from it. Each moment of the day I try to think about Him being right there talking with me. You will adjust. You will figure out what works best for your schedule. The Lord knows your heart and He will give you what you need to accomplish quiet time with Him.

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  15. I love waking up early for Jesus time! When I was working I made that decision as well.. At first it was a sacrifice but after a while it was a desire! =)

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  16. I'm laughing out loud because I am the SAME with the mornings!!! The "seriously?" sounds like something I may have done a few times. I hate mornings. You inspire me though, because I know that in order to surrender all parts of my life, mornings are imperative. Thanks for being so dang awesome!

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  17. Very inspirational Ashley... Every day feels like a drag and this is the answer, I need to commit myself to the Lord each morning. I have my quiet times after work and it's great but I do need to have that special time in the mornings.
    The enemy is always fighting our joy and peace, we triump through prayer.
    I love your blog.
    All the way from South Africa :-)
    From Ayanda Dubazana (ayanda.dubazana@ymail.com)

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