How a night owl became an early bird
I have never been a morning person. My school days with their 7:15 bus pick up were torture.
As I got older I acquainted myself with caffeine. When coffee proved to be devastating to my internal organs, I switched to tea. Something had to get me through the day after burning the 2:00 am oil!
This habit became entrenched when, as a young mom with frequent nighttime nursers, I got used to spending the beginning of each morning in bed. I enjoyed snuggling and playing with my little ones at the start of the day, but breakfast at 9:00 was just too late for everyone. When our oldest reached school age I knew it was time to get the breakfast plan under control. But I still never rose before dawn.
Over the years I had awakened early at one time or another, but never with any consistency. About a year ago, I spent some time with a cousin who rises at 5:30 each morning. Her family was very organized and her life seemed to flow effortlessly. But 5:30?! I decided to try.
It was hard at first but fruitful. The problem? I still could not seem to go to bed early. I would become more and more exhausted, and eventually the whole schedule would implode.
Last August I began writing again regularly. It was a good thing for me, but I was very concerned that it not detract in any way from the life of my family.
In September, I read that Kat from Inspired to Action was teaming up with Michelle from So I Married A Mennonite to challenge moms to be intentional about their morning time. With great trepidation, I decided to join the challenge starting October 1. I did okay with it, but it wasn't until I re-committed in November and joined the twitter accountability group that I began to see real change.
I was going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. Months of waking in the dark grew a passion in me for those still early hours. I lingered over my bible and in my prayer time. No need to rush!
I decided to use that early time for writing as well, but found that because I did not want to feel hurried in my prayer and study, I needed to set my internal clock back a bit more.
Would you believe that my wake-up time is now 4:00 am? And yes, this means a much much earlier bed time. It is a rare night indeed that I am still awake at 10:00 pm.
It is truly a miracle that this chronic night owl is now such an early bird. I joyfully anticipate the wee morning hours. The fruit of my quiet time in the dark is greater peace in the light. I am so grateful!
photo credit Michael Connors