It's that time of year when I start whining about what I gave up for Lent. What did I give up? Sugar? Diet Coke? No, I decided to go in a completely different direction. I was inspired by Mike-I won't link him because he never blogs anymore-who gave up his snooze button last year. I thought, how perfect, your first thought of the day would be God. How could I do something similar since an alarm clock does not exist in my world? I gave up my most favorite thing in the world. Those precious hours in the morning when sleep is most delicious. I gave up sleeping in. This was a tough one for me because I am not and have never been a morning person. Sure, I get up early when I have to and have no problem doing so. But I don't like it. I would never choose it. My daughter was telling me about watching the sunrise not too long ago and I had to bite my tongue and not say, "HA! I'll take your word for it." I'm much more of a sunset kind of girl. I love the hours of 10PM-12AM best. They have always been my favorite. All is quiet as my early morning crew sleeps away. I can do laundry or watch late night re-runs of sitcoms.
All of that to say, it is quite an adjustment for me. I am doing OK. It is a privilege to give God my first thought of the day. I am doing much better with making breakfast and our school has a much better flow. The only problem is the fact that I am tired by 9PM and have to really push to stay up any later. My blog time is really suffering. However, my house is cleaner and my kids seem to enjoy the early morning company of mom. (They aren't so happy to give up TV time for cleaning though!) I may just have to make this LENT sacrifice permanent. The early bird does indeed catch more worms.