Devotion here at (http://www.girlfriendsingod.com/category/devotions/)
Then I went about my day, getting the kids up, fixing breakfast and talking to my husband before he left for work. Then it hit me..I mean REALLY hit me. Why is it so hard for me to get up and get moving in the morning? When I wake up at six, exercise either alone or run with my good friend, have my quiet time with God, my day goes so much better. I am one of those people who admittedly like my "me time". Which, was no problem when I was a mommy to one. But now that we have another, me time is nearly impossible, or so I thought. My me time activities vary between shopping, exercising, or just wanting an hour or so to crawl in my bed and read a good book without being uninterrupted. But having time to myself just wasn't possible when I would sleep until one of them woke me up. Then, I would hurry to get them both dressed, fed, grab a quick shower and try to accomplish everything we had going on that day. I would end the day exhausted, snappy, and feeling defeated.
So why do I constantly fight my alarm clock waking me up an hour early when in reality it makes everyone happier and things run better as a family? One word my friends, DEVIL. I realized this morning that it wasn't me who wanted to sleep in every morning, (I usually get at least 8 hours of sleep!) but it was the devil. You see, when I don't take time for myself first thing in the morning and have my time with God, the devil has a stronghold on my day. He knows I will be more impatient with my kids and my husband, that I will stress out more and be more anxious about things that I have no control over.
It wasn't by luck that I happened to stumble across this blog today either. http://gracefullmama.com/a-kind-wife-2/ This wife was talking about a conversation she had with her husband about how she could be a better wife. She suggested things like keeping the house clean, having home made meals for him, etc. His response was this "“Thanks, but I would rather have you put aside anything/everything you have to do in order to start each day with the assumption that I LOVE YOU, and therefore anything I do or say is given the benefit of the doubt that I LOVE YOU.
Get enough rest and say no to enough activities so that you have the energy to be NICE TO ME (and the kids) when I’m home."This really hit home with me and God spoke to me in a different way than the authors probable intended meaning of her blog. I need to take care of myself first thing in the morning, my workout time and my time with God, so that I can devote the rest of my day to serving my family and others. I need to remember this when school starts back as well. By taking the first hour of my day for me, I can give the rest of my time to my family, and be a better mom and wife. Thanks for reading today, and please pray for me that I can work on this area of my life. Knowing that taking time for myself (working out, shopping,tanning) is not selfish, but to prioritize it so that I can better serve my family. Also pray that no matter how hectic my life can get, and even if getting in "me time" first thing in the morning is not an option that day, that I can continue to always start my day off in some way by taking time with God.