Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Keepin' on

6 a.m. Awake, coffee on, settle into reading Matthew.

6:10 a.m. Hear footsteps. Husband awaking. Try to smile at him as I take my coffee and Bible to another room.
6:37 a.m. Two little girls interrupt my Bible reading and prayer time. Tell them I'll be out in a minute.
sigh. Lord, what time do I have to get up to meet with You without interruptions?
6:40 a.m. Read an old "Laine's Letters":

"These past eight years have been the best of my Christian life. I've spent more intimate time with Jesus than anyone else on this earth. I've lost countless hours of sleep. I've showed up sick. I've showed up in pain. I've showed up in different locations. I've showed up with a
candle or a flashlight. I've showed up in the cold. I've showed up in the heat. But I've showed up. I don't trust myself for a minute. So I cling, cling, cling to Him each and every day. He has blessed me in His Word more than I could ever write to you. The more I know of Him, the more I hunger for Him. I definitely know what the verse means about the deer panting for the water, so my soul pants for you. My soul truly pants for Him like no other." 


6:46 a.m. Feel convicted.
6:47 a.m. Blog about it.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~Galations 6:9

15 comments:

Daughter of Annie said...

Good Morning, I like you enjoy my quiet time in the morning. My children are all adults (however we are blessed to have one at home for a few months with her beautiful little baby) her hubby is overseas! Anyway, my house has been a little noisey lately. I get up early and have coffee and read the bible -I love the Galations verse below... thanks..Have a good day.

Elise said...

Oh, amen, Andrea. Keep on panting for Him, interrupted or not! Little eyes are watching. I'm joining you... it is so worth it.

ukrainiac said...

I recall asking the same question: Lord, what time do I have to get up to have alone time with you. I finally explained to my little ones that if they got up and saw me sitting in a particular chair with my Bible open in my lap, please DO NOT interrupt me. I promised that I wouldn't be too long... It actually worked well for us.

Terry said...

Yes, Andrea. I think we can all relate to the little interruptions that seem to come at the most inopportune moments. Then I remember that I couldn't imagine life without the pitter patter of those little feet, or the husband looking for his socks, or the 12 year old asking me to part her hair. And I say a little prayer of thankfulness, tend to their needs, and vow to get up 15 minutes earlier. Now I'm up 5:45. We'll see how that goes. :-)

MondaythroughSunday said...

Quiet time and children...it seems like a struggle..then I decided to pray without ceasing and talk to Him whenever I can. I have precious times in the shower, doing laundry, cooking supper..and driving around town. I will get my perfect quiet times again..but until then I will used what ever time I get..quiet or otherwise. :)

Brenda said...

I think sometimes we are ready for stuff to just pour into us and instead it drips in like an IV all day long.

But it gets there.

Sara said...

Nothing like an old Laine's letter to set it all straight :) I've been feeling this too lately. When we're in the RV, it's so much harder to "sneak" out of bed and have my quiet time. I really like what MondaythroughSunday said about having your quiet time throughout the day, in every random moment you can find. I remember the story of John Wesley's wife (I think it was her)...she had 12 kids and she would sit at the kitchen table with a towel over her head and have her prayer time :) Her kids knew not to bother her if she had it on her head!

It's so hard for me because I LOVE interrupted time with God. Focused time. Glorious TIME. I get so much more out of it and I am so much better prepared for the day if it's all at once. I am realizing that if I want that, there must be sacrifices...but they are sacrifices that are well worth it!

Thanks for these good thoughts today...

Tammie said...

I love what you say --- I am not a mother, i have precious time to myself and i am learning to embrace it more and more...for the day may come when i have to give more of "my" time to hubby, children and more...so, i try to savor the moments - many right now - as much as possible.

Andrea said...

Terry--I'm thinkin' I'm going to have to do 5:45 as brutal as that sounds. But of course it will be worth it.:)

Thanks for the encouragment, all.
Although I do spend my days in constant communion with Him...there's just something so special about rising early with Him, getting my cup filled to overflow, and having those moments to myself in the morning. It just seems to make my day go by much more smoother. So, that is what I am striving for in the end, I guess.

Christine said...

Yup, words of conviction for us all... Glad you posted this today!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Yep--I'm there too. My firstborn slept fairly late. By the time she was four (and still an only child), she would wake up and still entertain herself a bit so I could wrap things up. I knew if I woke at 6am, I could get a solid hour of time with God. It was a great year. I haven't had another like it.

Things are different now, and I've been thinking that I need to fight to make that time a reality. I'm thinking that waking when my husband does (around 5:30 I think!!), might work.

The mom, the robot, and the dancer said...

Oh that was SO what I needed to hear today! Thanks for the beauty in your words, encouragement by example, and for all the other amazing posts that I haven't taken the time to comment about!

Alegra said...

Ok i am finally posting a response after months of 'lurking'! These thoughts have been on my heart lately too. i keep saying to my hubby, i just have to get up before the children do! Thank you for the encouragement to show up... that was good.
Grateful to have met you 10 years ago, and so glad to connect with your thoughtful thoughts today!

Stacy said...

I need this time, too. I'm right there with you. Especially the part about how you get up and get all settled and then hear little footsteps! ~smile~

~Stacy

On My Mind said...

I have the same "problem"... my little guy has always been an early riser, and getting that morning time with God has required some creativity. I usually get up between 5:15 and 5:30, and in the summer, when the sun rises earlier, I try to get up at 4:45. I know it's extreme, and I'll admit I usually collapse into bed by about 9 or 9:30 p.m. after putting little guy to bed by 8:30. I figure I'm still getting (almost) my 8 hours of sleep a night =)

Just so you know I'm not a total kook, I do allow myself to "sleep in" every once in awhile, which means I'll roll out of bed about 6:30... Oh, how nice!