I’m not usually one for making New Year’s resolutions. Sure, I’d love to lose that stubborn 15 lbs or so that’s evaded my post-baby-shape-up efforts for the last two babies, but why should January 1st be a better day to do that than any other? Especially when I have a whole kitchen full of leftover stocking candy!
But there is one resolution that the Lord has been asking me to make for about three years now, and I think it’s time I stop putting Him off.
It all began with this blog post. The faithful ladies at Girltalk have long been singing the praises of rising early in order to better serve your family, and I have long been sticking my fingers in my ears and La-la-la-la-la-ing at them in my head.
Surely they didn’t mean me. I mean, for six years straight now I’ve either been pregnant or had a nursing baby waking me up at all hours. Surely I wouldn’t be any use to anyone at 6 o’clock in the morning.
But now I am out of excuses. June’s been sleeping blissfully through until about 7 each morning for months now, and there is no new little one on the way. It’s time.
Beginning Monday morning, I resolve to wake up with Trevor each morning (usually at about 6) and (this is the crucial part that I’m not doing already…) stay awake after he leaves for work to prepare for my day. It’s big, and even as I type this I hate the very thought of giving up my extra hour of sleep in the morning, but I know this is something God is asking me to do, at least for a trial period. Of, say, a year.
I will not be a true 5 AM Club member*, but I do believe it will be a step in the right direction, and that God will use it to make me a better wife and mother. *Deep breaths.*
Proverbs 31, excerpt (emphasis mine):
10 An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. …15 She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. …27 She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
*This offer excludes weekends, and morning after nights in which I have been awakened more than twice by children needing to go potty, throw up or otherwise be rascals in the middle of the night.
Oh, and Happy New Year!