I was lying in bed this morning feeling very reluctant about getting up, I would have loved to sleep another hour — can’t do this until Saturday. Each weekday my clock radio goes off at 5:45am (and plays me gentle classical music) and I get out of bed by 6:15 after listening to the news.
I am not an early morning person, I do not like getting up in the morning, I get no joy from it, there is no spring in my step as I “bounce” out of bed or smile on my face. It is harder at the moment as it is dark and cold outside which is quite depressing (in summer it is much easier). Its not that I love my bed too much, I just need a little bit more sleep. My doctor once told me this was the most common problem in modern society.
I leave home at 7:05am so the mornings are quite a rush with showering, deciding on what to wear, blow-drying my hair, washing the dishes, feeding the cat, making the bed and general tidy up. I try and do things in the evening to make the mornings a little less rushed e.g. make lunches, have the cat food ready, make sure the house is tidy...
Then I thought of the verse in Proverbs 31:15 “She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.” I am sure she did this with joy in her step, happiness on her face, with a positive attitude and didn’t grumble about waking before the rest of the house. She also cooked a meal for her husband and family, sadly I struggle with all of this and my husband has to makes his own breakfast (my sons eat later). The idea of getting up even earlier is just too hard to comprehend, I am already tired when I rise at 6:15, I would be worse if I rose at 5:30am. It is difficult being a modern day Proverbs 31 woman.
How are you about getting up in the morning? Do you know ways to increase the joy of rising, to make things easier?