Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Simple Pleasures: Arising Early

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Before the holidays, since mid-October, I had made the habit of rising early, before the sun, to meet with my Savior.

Alas, now, not so much.  Oh, but I remember the mornings when I crept quietly down the stairs, padding down the hallway,  making my way across the cold kitchen floor.  I warmed my tea.  I settled into my chair, my blanket wrapped tight around my shoulders.  And I enjoyed the stillness of the house before any other person even thought about stirring.  It gave me a moment to gather myself before I rushed off into the day.  It gave me a process of centering myself so that I might be more equipped to handle the obstacles and challenges that might fill my day.  It gave me a chance to leave my slumbering, but to still find rest in the arms of my God.

I have missed Him in the mornings.  Although I can still find Him in the daytime, I have to be honest -- our time is interrupted often.  I often feel the pressure to do something else - run, work, write, respond.  In the wee hours, though, it is dedicated just to Him.

Reminiscing about our early morning conversations makes me realize that while any time with Him is a simple pleasure, it's nice to meet Him at the beginning, before the world has the time to enter in.  It's a sacred space carved out for just the two of us.

I will be joining Him tomorrow, before the light hits the ground, before the little voices fill my day, before the demands threaten to overwhelm.  Me and Him.  Him and me.

I'm linking up with Dayle at Simple Pleasures.
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  1. Sounds wonderful! (hugs) :)

  2. I will be doing the same...arising early to meet with HIM! Here, the sun is not seen through the mountains until after 2 hours after I have it feels even more special. Nice & Quiet!

    blessings ~ M.

  3. Blessings on your early morning. I had a friend that used to ask the Lord to make the sun stand still, like the miracle in the Bible, so she could have an extra long time before her twins woke up.

    I applaud your dedication.


  4. Oh, yes, those early times with the Father just can't be beat! It's a whole lot harder on these cold winter mornings to "get up and going" but it's so worth it if we do.

    Blessings as you seek Him in the mornings!

  5. God know how to give favor. The sunrise is a great reward to rising early.

  6. I agree Jen, that time with Him before the world awakes is very precious and intimate.
    So different from other times throughout the day when our thoughts are more scattered :-)
    blessings to you..Trish

  7. Sweet Jen, this post brought tears to my eyes and reminded me of the pleasures that await us in God's presence. Mornings are the perfect time for talking to Him... and listening. Loved this so much.

  8. I love my mornings with Jesus, nothing better to start off the day!I do love it!

  9. I'm an early riser, and I agree with you about early morning worship. So... did you rise up and praise Him this morning? I'll bet you did.

    Isn't it wonderful to know that all over the world there are others worshipping Him at the same time no matter what time of day we pick?

    Lights the fire!

  10. Jen...thank you...this is the best simple pleasure ever.

  11. No beautiful sunrise for me in the morning, but I do enjoy that quiet time with my coffee and my Bible. Beautiful photos!

  12. Hi Jen,
    I so agree with you. Getting up early in the morning to just meet with the Lord, is a most precious, "simple pleasure" to my day. I have started getting up earlier than my family since November. I can't tell you the joy I feel inside. Just truly wonderful! Yes, I too have to be very quiet. I do hope you get to get up early again and meet with Him.
    Many blessings to you.

  13. There is something special about those early mornings - it really sets the temperature for the day.

  14. Sounds great !!! I wish I could get my reading early or anytime for that matter as I have been slacker study the word


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