Monday, October 22, 2012

For those mornings you do not feel like getting out of bed (and for the mornings you do)

My favorite morning spot
From the moment my eyes open each morning, I am what my family calls "chipper." Thoughts, ideas and full blown plans come to me with the first morning sun light.

This is usually okay, as Dave is a morning person and an extrovert. When the introvert/non-morning girls visit, I try to be quiet in the morning. I try.

This is the normal me. But lately I have been rather lethargic when I wake up ... not quite ready to face the day.

So, I have added something new to my morning routine ~ before I even get out of bed.


I adapted this from Jen Hatmaker's book, 7. (Jen pauses seven time throughout her day for reflection, Scripture and prayer.)

I am beginning with the first pause ~ The Awakening Hour and I am using Psalm 118:24.  "This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it." 

Here is how it works for me:

This is the day 
         
          *I begin by talking with Jesus about my feelings. This day ... I was feeling lazy and not very charming.

          *Then I bring before the Lord what this day holds for me. Today that was church, an afternoon relaxing with Dave, our girls traveling and some specific needs for family and friends.

That the Lord has made

         *Ah, the Lord ... what a relief that this day includes all of Him. I reflect on different aspects of Jesus. He is my joy, my healer, the lifter of my head (and so much more.)

I will rejoice and be glad in it


          *I reflect this day on the gifts God has brought into my life. The girls safe arrival in Missouri, a surprise for a blogging friend, Dave asking me just the right question, the joy of Christy being home, Anne coming next week, the beauty of fall around me (and so much more.) 



This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. 

What are you like when you first wake up?  

Linking  to Jen and the Soli Sisters

31 comments:

  1. Glenda, I am usually quite chipper, like you but I definitely have my "dour" days. I love this - what a wonderful way to start the day. Sometimes it's easy to start the day without Him and that's no good, thanks for a wonderful reminder and "recipe for the day"!

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  2. I'm a morning person, too, Glenda. But being "chipper" is sometimes a choice. I've not read the book you mentioned, but I always acknowledge the Lord before I'm out of bed, and always pray while I'm in the shower. And I often repeat the very scripture you quoted...because it's a choice. "This is the day the Lord has made, I WILL rejoice and be glad in it."

    Right now, I'm still battling post oral-surgery pain, so I was not chipper at all this morning. Ugh. Hoping the pain ends soon. Maybe even in the next 2 minutes... (please, Jesus?)

    P.S. On your recommendation, I watched "Call the Midwife" yesterday for the first time. Wow. I think I held my breath through the entire episode. I will be watching it again!

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  3. I think that depends on WHERE I wake up. This morning it was in your lovely home and quite wonderful to have one more morning with you before heading home. Missing you already.
    Anne

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  4. That verse is one I say over and over again almost every morning.....until I really believe it. (I know we are alike in almost EVERY area of life....except I am NOT a morning person! Are you still laughing about us being alike?) I like how you broke it down...an new perspective on a verse I use almost daily!
    Sister Sue

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  5. This is great! I should attempt to pray scripture more... especially in the mornings. Most of the times I am thinking, "just stay awake, just stay awake."

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  6. My first conversation of the day is with God. He puts pep in my step!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  7. I have that verse as the name for my morning alarm so that it's the first thing I see as I blearily switch that ringer off!! I loved this idea.

    Not a morning person - but trying to be!!

    Sarahxx

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  8. This sumer when the fog did not lift for weeks at a time we adapted the praise a bit and sang...this is the fog that the Lord has made....kept things in perspective!

    If it is morning...I am always glad to wake up.

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  9. Sounds a good idea. I am half n half really, sometimes I wake cheerful and full of ideas, other days not so.

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  10. Oh my, do you really want to know?? I prefer it slow, I do not like to talk, I prefer it quiet, I like my coffee and the newspaper. That said, I like your new routine....will try to get my foggy brain in gear and try this. Maybe I will be more chipper as a result =)

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  11. I start my day in prayer also. It is my way of thanking our Lord for giving me another day.I am happy. I have always been a morning person ( my hubby is not) I wake nearly every morning between 4:30 and 5:30, I still get have menopause brain but mornings are my favorite time of the day.xo

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  12. That is such a perfect way to start the day! Beautiful, Glenda!

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  13. I love this! I spend time in bed waking up and talking to the Lord (I'm not chipper)I often use the divine hours or just scripture that I know by heart to begin the day!

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  14. Thank you for sharing. :) I used to be a chipper morning person, but have not been since our son passed away. Indeed, as the lady above stated, it is a choice. I think that our circumstances can sometimes weigh us down and change how we might normally be under normal circumstances. Anyway, I love this idea, and I am going to try it myself! :)

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  15. OH, Glenda, this is SOOOO lovely. And you are such a dear. Wish I could say that I am a 'chipper' morning person, but alas, I am not. I don't even get to that verse until about 10:00 a.m.!! (I do try to say 'good morning, Lord' as soon after waking as I can muster - but OH! I am not a morning person.)

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  16. defintitely a morning person here. but this school year is hard and i don;t always want to move. love this adaptation of psalm 118.

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  17. I am not a morning person at all and I have little people that are becoming non-morning people, too, at least on school days. I've started my mornings by putting on the armor of God -- intentionally wrapping myself in the truth that is Jesus. I love your idea for morning reflection. Scripture really does soothe the soul.

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  18. Not. A. Morning. Person. Not by a long shot. I am grateful beyond measure of God's good gift of coffee! Now that I am no longer tied to a school schedule--not responsible for getting anyone up and on their way to school in the morning--I do appreciate being able to ease into the day, spending a few moments with God, recognizing that the day before me is a gift.

    Beautiful piece, Glenda.

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  19. I LOVE this post! You challenged me as I am a morning person and I am trying to find ways to spend time with the Lord...having him be a part of the day before it truly begins. Before coffee or hot tea. I am one of those kind of people who always has to create something...I feel lost when I haven't created in awhile so I need to be careful that God comes before that as I get carried away...imagine that! Hope your week is full of wonderful mornings.

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  20. Hi Glenda,

    I used to be a morning person but then I married a night owl...now I am just confused...smiles/ just kidding...what a good way to start your day focusing on Him...I try to...some days are better than others...Blessings to you :)

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  21. Hi Glenda, I haven't visited in a while, but love this post. I am not a morning person at all. It haul myself out of bed. Today we received apx. 1 ft of snow and it made it even harder to get out of bed. I love the idea though of your morning prayer process. I'm going to try it out and see if it helps me get up and going.

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  22. oh friend. how did you know I could use this?
    i am so delighted to do this in the morning.
    love you...

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  23. Hi Glenda,
    I love this passage from Psalms...makes me think of my mom who taught me to say it as a young girl.
    If I go to bed by 10 p.m., I'm awake by 5 a.m. I check my email, my weight, and dress to go outdoors for my early morning walk in the dark. That's when I talk to God. I do it aloud, though, so if anyone else is out there, they may think I was crazy :)
    It's a happy way to start the day. When I get back, I make coffee and ease into the morning.

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  24. I need coffee when I first get up and I am not very talkative until I come out of my fog. I am not a pop up out of bed chipper person. What a great way to start your day Glenda.

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  25. I'm a morning person, too. For years I was up by 4:00, ready to write for three hours before waking the girls. But I like to be quiet with my own thoughts for a bit. I don't get up that early now and each year I find it harder and harder. I'm going to adopt your beginnings for the week and I can't wait to have this time with God before my feel hits the floor.

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  26. I so identified with you - and I love the morning prayer before you hop out of bed. If only I could remember to do that, too. Maybe soon my household will settle (daughter and four grandkids are living here for now) and I will be able to wake without jumping up and starting the day because duty calls. I've always been a morning person, too, but lately - since my sweetheart retired and the alarm isn't going off at four forty-five I'm finding I am slower to rise. You've inspired me. I will choose to rejoice - because HE has made this day!
    ~Adrienne~

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  27. THIS is absolutely wonderful. I'm in a bit of a stressful, busy season right now, and I'm going to stop for a few minutes, before my feet hit the floor, and think of these things. Thanks, dear Glenda!

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  28. Early, early morning is my favorite time of the day. And you have found the perfect soothing way to start the day. Wonderful!

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  29. What a great way to wake up! My favorite prayer for the morning is Psalm 143:8-10, which starts, "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love..." He always does!

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  30. What a sweet post - and sounds like a good book, about stopping to reflect and connect 7 times a day.

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