If I had known what the chapter was about, I wouldn't have read it. I should have guessed by the title, I suppose. But there's no going back now. I read it, and now I have to deal with the consequences.
The chapter, in the book Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed, explained how, as moms and wives, it can be crucial for us to wake early in order to begin our day efficiently and with our priorities in order. Carolyn and her daughter Nicole expressed how helpful it has been for them to learn to rise before their families, to spend time with the Lord, to establish their goals and priorities for that day, to get a start on chores or meals before the children are up, etc.
I've fluctuated between being hesitant and excited about the idea. I know that I desperately need to have a solid quiet time, and to prepare myself for the day, before my little ones are up. I also know that I often stay up too late, and that I struggle to get out of bed in the morning, especially with a nursing baby who is currently teething and still up 1-2 times a night.
I've been trying my best to incorporate this principle into my life, although I have chosen 6 am, rather than 5 am, because I just don't think that I could quite do that. And even now, I am not doing it perfectly. Not even remotely close. Probably 3 out of 5 weekday mornings, I still stumble out of bed after 7, occasionally around 8. But a few mornings I actually get it right and pull my tired body out of bed between 6 and 6:30.
And the rewards are immeasurable. Since becoming a Mom, I can't remember the last time when I have had truly quiet, uninterrupted times with God, longer than 5 minutes. I need it. I cannot expect to have anything to give to my family, to serve the needs of others, to be joyful and patient and loving, without sitting at His feet, and soaking in His Word.
For the rest of my day as well, I feel that I am able to be more productive and focused, having started my morning well. When I wake up at 8, stay in my pj's until 10, once I've tidied the breakfast dishes and fed, bathed, and clothed everyone, the day feels like a waste, somehow.
I am committed to trying to be a part of the 6am club, and look forward to reaping the benefits even more. I love knowing that I am in good company...
She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household...she looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness".
Proverbs 31:15a, 28
If you are not in a season where you are able to do this, there is absolutely no shame. I believe that God blesses our efforts when our desire is to please Him, not to match up with someone else's standard. However, at this point in my life, I am so thankful for this teaching and just wanted to share it with you. And you know what? It's not working perfectly for me, yet, but by His grace I will keep striving to be faithful to what I feel called to do, as I serve and love my family.