February 7, 2008

A Fresh Start

What an amazing privilege it is to get to enjoy life to its fullest and know that each morning it is NEW. A fresh start. Each day. Brand new.
Some days I do not want to begin the day. I'd rather stay in the comfort of my warm blankets and the steady sound of my sweet husband's deep sleep. No, I won't call it snoring. I will choose to enjoy that sound of life. Well, unless that sound awakens me in the middle of the night. On those mornings, that I choose to get a few more winks of sleep, how much am I missing? I have never, ever been a morning person. And yet, in the past 6 months, I find myself CHOOSING to get up before the sun. Hmm... another one of those "nevers" I swore I'd never do. Up and ready to face the day. Seeing the early morning stars fade into the sunrise that He painted just for me to enjoy. Wow. How many days have I missed out on that little miraculous gift of a sunrise? Don't get me wrong. I love, love, love to sleep in. But what joy I have found in the morning!
Do I arise every morning with a good attitude? Not yet. Still working on that one. Do I still yearn to hit that snooze button? You bet. Having an early morning walking partner keeps me true to my newfound habit. But what blessings have been heaped upon my relationship with my heavenly Father! What amazing silent moments of praise and worship have occurred while my short little legs try to keep up the pace! I'm still working on the rise and "shine" part. Usually it is still a "rise and grunt" but we are getting there. The Lord and I. He rises and shines. Every morning. How do I greet Him? Well, thankfully, His compassions never fail. I am looking forward to His new mercies that I know will be there tomorrow morning.

1 comment:

Kellie said...

I must say that the older I get the more I don't like to sleep in too late. I have to get up early for school each day so my weekends are the time to get some extra sleep, but even then I feel "guilty" like I am missing out on something. :) I must say, though, the kids and I have seen many a beautiful sunrise over Lake Wheeler on the way to school. Some day I WILL photograph that. :)

Those walks surely are nice. I used to walk a few years back but life got so crazy again that I don't do it. There are days I miss that. It truly is a time to feel close to the Lord.