February 15, 2011

Day 2

There is a morning person who loves to rise early with the sun hidden quietly within me. She is masked heavily by the tired part of me that really loves sleep.  But even that part of me knows fully that I am happier when I get up early.  I feel more accomplished because, well, I am able to get more accomplished.  And most importantly, when I rise well before our girls wake, I get quiet time.  Quiet time to start my engine slowly, hear from the Lord in the stillness of the morning, and get my body moving and working in my favor again by stretching and working out.

Yes, I would love to lose all the baby weight, but that isn't the leading motivation with that last part.  I do not have the strength, energy, or stamina to go through the whole day without it.  And I truly feel like my body gets a tune up every time I choose to make myself take care of my body, this temple of the Holy Spirit.  And believe me, I have to make myself make it important enough to do, what with my also being responsible for the well-being of three small children.  My natural tendency is to put them before me to a fault.  Being a good steward of my body for me is like coming to the understanding that I would just have to put my oxygen mask on before my childrens' if our plane was in trouble.  That if I did not, there's wouldn't ever make it on.  I need to take care of myself.  But not at the expense of them either.  I've tried to schedule a "God time/work out time" in another part of the day so as not to have to wake up earlier, but it always seems to inconvenience either my girls or taking care of the house...so I usually just don't get that quiet Rebecca time at all.

My gorgeous sister, Rachel Anna, feels the same about rising early, feeling more accomplished, and rejuvenating her body.  I am pleased to announce that we have entered into an accountability partnership.  Today was day 2 of our plan.  We wake up at 6am, I call her at 6:15, and then we encourage the heck out of each other.  It helps quite a lot.  And then we go about our new morning routines.  I'm not going to lie, it's hard as c. r. a. p. (*do not hear the word here, hear me spelling it like I've gotten in the habit of doing around my children, haha)  So I'm going to say it again: The encouragement helps quite a lot.

So I encourage you!  Make time.  And seek a partner in encouragement.  :)



1 comment:

  1. AWESOME! :) I agree with it all!! And ironically, today is DAY 2 for me too :) 6:00 is eeearrrrly :) It's amazing though to be freshly washed by the shower & refreshed by the Word! PS My early-bird-gets-the-worm encouragement is Joey ;) Hubby has been out of state for a few days.

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