First Things First.

Alarm Buzzzzzzzzz.  No way!  How can it be 6 a.m. already?  It feels like I just went to sleep!  Maybe I will hit the snooze just once.  Will 10 minutes put me behind?  Maybe I can do my quiet time tonight instead of this morning.  Maybe I won’t put dinner in the crock pot but will instead just pick up fast food.  I can get breakfast at work.  That will save me 10 minutes right there.  If I’m a little bit late to work it won’t hurt anything.  I’m usually there on time. I already have my clothes laid out.  I can pray while I drive.  There, now I can sleep 10 more minutes!  Alarm Buzzzzzz – snooze wasted while mind spent 10 minutes figuring out how to sleep an extra 10 minutes!!

Some days the only way to get out of bed is to keep quoting Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!  I don’t love getting up when that alarm goes off and everything in paragraph one has ashamedly, at one time or another,  been thoughts that have run through my head when my alarm goes off at 5:50 a.m.

You see, I am a multi-tasker.  Nothing makes me happier than having the washer, dryer and dishwasher going at the same time.  Morning time is my most productive time.  That is why I love getting up early and having my quiet time and writing; making preparations for dinner before work; doing one last load of laundry; making the bed and unloading the dishwasher and doing that “walk through” to pick up before I head out the door.

But some mornings I’m tired.  And so are you and it just seems we put too much on our plates to accomplish in one day.  The story of Mary and Martha is one I don’t really like because the worker bee, Martha, is scolded by Jesus because she is DOING and Mary is sitting at Jesus’s feet listening and having quiet time.  But He’s right.  We put too much into doing instead of just being….being with Him.

I think when my alarm goes off, I need to rethink my snooze and all of my pre-work chores SECOND to hopping up and meeting Jesus in the quietness of the morning.  Yes I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength but FIRST He wants us to meet Him, sit quietly and listen to Him and let Him give us our schedule for the day – along with His strength to get His work done.

I think I’ll give it a try today…and then again tomorrow…and see if I can do it again the next day.  Wanna join me?

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