Friday, January 13, 2012

The Process of Awakening

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It's not my best time of the day.  In fact, there are few times when I'm ever much worse.  It's those first few moments after my eyes finally flutter open and the first words that have to interact with another's.

At first "awake" I am grumpy by nature.  I don't want to talk.  I don't want to hear whining.  I certainly don't want to be the commanding officer of the morning routine with my children.  I have to really work to be pleasant.  I have to work to keep my temper in check because when all I feel is the need for silence and my house sounds like a deafening roar, well, let's just say I have a harder time controlling my tongue.

To fully awaken is a process for me, but not just in the morning.  In my relationship with Him, too.  Sometimes I feel like I come back to revisit the same bad habits and sins simply because the last time He went through it with me, there was part of my soul that was still asleep.  It wasn't sensitive to His touch.  It wasn't cognizant enough to hear those words that He breathed into my heart.

So much of life is a process of being awakened.  Awakened to His grace, His beauty, His gifts.  So even if it means I might be grumpy for the first half an hour, my soul hungers to be awake, alive, and singing.

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  1. Great post. I feel much the same way in the morning!

  2. Such truth here: "So much of life is a process of being awakened." I'm also not a morning person, and I too have to work to be pleasant. Glad to know I'm not alone, and that we're waking up together.

  3. ..."my soul hungers to be awake, alive, and singing" - those beautiful words describe the state of my soul as well.

  4. Our souls know ...
    Even if our brains think otherwise and our actions don't comply.
    Thanks for this,

  5. so true and i can totally relate!

    Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations

  6. I understand. The only possible time for me to read Scripture and pray is in the morning while everyone is asleep, but is not my best time either so I often feel like I'm not making the most of it. Oh, well. It is a season of our life so we do the best we can, right?

  7. We all have our struggles with the early morning, don't we? Sometimes, it's so very hard to get our of the warm snuggly covers to start a new day but then we do and find God has many adventures for us.....

  8. "So much of life is a process of being awakened. Awakened to His grace, His beauty, His gifts. So even if it means I might be grumpy for the first half an hour, my soul hungers to be awake, alive, and singing."

    What a beautiful sentiment - thank you for sharing!!

  9. The process of becoming more and more like Him. I echo this prayer: "my soul hungers to be awake, alive, and singing."

  10. You're right...I'm with Ashley...your conclusion just nailed it for me! Love ya...have a great weekend!

  11. Lovely post, Jen...resonated with me, especially this line: "To fully awaken is a process for me, but not just in the morning." I feel like I have been in a process lately of fully opening and awakening to His Spirit.

  12. sounds similar to my husband. He has declared I shouldn't talk to him before 11:00 :) So much truth found in here as usual.

  13. Ahhhh, I can relate on so many levels....

  14. And there's another good reason for me to awake before everyone else in my household. Not just for my quiet time with Jesus. But so I can shake the grumpiness!

  15. Sometimes God and I have to revisit some issues because I wasn't fully awake the first time we met - Wow! Whether I'm physically tired or not, I want to always be fully awake when it comes to walking with my God.

    Great encouragement, Jen ~ many blessings!

  16. I agree. I try to wake up before everyone else for this reason. This doesn't always happen. On those days I feel rushed and stressed. On days I have a quiet house for at least 30 minutes I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on anything.

  17. I love how we are all so different. The second my eyes open ... I am fully awake and my mind is whirling. It drives my daughters crazy ... who awaken more like you. I have to remind myself not to talk and give all of my ideas, when they are visiting ... until after coffee.



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