Sunday, October 9, 2011

31 Days of Virtue: Day 9

She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. Proverbs 31:15

Let me be the first to admit, rising early is definitely one of my downfalls. As you can see, I am late with this post because I didn't get up early enough to do it before church. I am also a bit of a procrastinator, but that is a story for another day... : )

This woman of Proverbs 31, this woman of virtue, is the first to rise in her household. I usually am the first to rise in the morning, but oh how I wish I could rise earlier than I do! And I am working on it. This part, rising early, is definitely a work in progress.

There are so many reasons why I want to rise early: to have my quiet time with my God, to plan the day's events and list what I want to get done, and just to enjoy the quiet morning light shining through our windows. Having a quiet time with God is such an important part of the day! It can set you in a good mood for the entire day! I know when I have my quiet time with God in the morning, my day is more peaceful; I'm less likely to react wrongly to a situation that may not have gone as I had planned. Yes, surprises may have happened that I didn't plan for, and discouragements may have come my way, but I think back to my quiet time, the verses that I read, and the prayer that I prayed, and I know that He is there with me, taking each step with me.

Are you having trouble getting up early in the morning? I would like to challenge you. Starting tomorrow, Monday, get up 15 minutes earlier than you usually do. Then on Tuesday, get up 15 minutes earlier than Monday. Spend a little time in God's word. I promise you it will be worth it!

Do you already get up early, but your days still seem to go all wrong. Do you seem irritable and in a bad mood most of the day? I would like to challenge you. Spend those early morning moments reading the Bible and praying. Try memorizing a Bible verse each week, so that when surprises do arise, you will have God's words right there with you in your heart. You won't regret it!

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