Monday, November 24, 2008

Motivate Me Monday

A week ago, I joined up with Sarah Mae at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee to be a part of the 5 AM Gals. The point is to get up early in the morning to have time to spend quietly with the Lord and start the day off right before our families are up and about.

Anybody who knows me well (including my hubby) thinks that sounds like an insane thing for me to do since I am really a night person and can barely drag myself out of bed in time to help get my son ready for school. Many a time I have tried to start getting up "early" - trying to rise between 6 and 6:30 AM and have never been successful. I thought that I needed to get to bed early in order to be successful and have never been able to do that either. So why would I make a commitment to getting up at 5 AM?

I did it because I need to spend more time with the Lord and first thing in the morning is the best time and starts the day off right. I knew that on my own, this would be an impossible task for me, an extreme night owl. But I also knew that I was doing it for the Lord and that He can do more than we ask or imagine. I prayed and gave it a try.

I started last Monday and got up by 5:15 AM, Tuesday by 5:15 AM, and Wednesday thru Friday by 5 AM! Amazing! Praise the Lord for helping me and blessing me with that time in the morning! I admit that I slept in on Saturday and had trouble getting up early on Sunday, but this morning I got up at 5:20 AM(a little late - woke up at 5, but eyelids wouldn't stay open!).

A silly poem even popped into my head one of those mornings:
5AM is a darkly hour;
My body says, "It's night."
But rise I shall,
'Cause I'm a 5AM Gal
And the Lord gives me the might.

I felt comforted each morning knowing that other women were praying for me and also getting up to spend time with the Lord. I know that it has been a blessing for me and look forward to continuing it. Have you tried it? You don't have to be a 5 AM Gal, you know. If you have trouble getting up , try getting up just 30 minutes earlier and using that time to read your Bible and pray. Pray and ask the Lord for help - it can't be done on your own - I should know!

And now Sarah Mae has started Motivate Me Mondays so we can encourage and inspire each other by sharing what we've learned. Stop by there and check out more motivating posts. I am happy to be a part of it! Thanks Sarah Mae!

Have a blessed week and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am thankful for so many things, but I am especially thankful this week for the Lord helping me to rise so early in the morning.


  1. Lisa, I really love your post. You are so encouraging, and you are so right about just trying to even find 30 minutes to spare in the doesn't have to be 5 AM. As far as weekends go, I'm keeping those for sleeping in! No shame baby! :)

  2. Hi Lisa, This is remarkable! I know how hard it must be to get up this early, but do believe you will be richly blessed for your efforts! Great idea! :)

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

  3. What a great idea! I think I might have to check it out. I have been trying to spend more time in the Word lately. It would be nice to get up earlier to do it. Maybe I will try after this week.


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