Friday, July 23, 2010

The 5:30 Club

I've set a new goal for myself this week; actually Jim and I both have.  We made a new schedule for our family, and it includes waking up all of the children just before 7am so that we can start our day with Jim leading family devotions before he leaves for work.  Our normal "family worship time" is in the evening, but we really wanted to start our day off with at least a short time of being in the Word and in prayer together.  In order to do this, though (and have time for everything else that needs to happen in my morning), I need to be up at...(gulp) 5:30am.  I'm sure some of you just don't think this is a big deal, but it is quite a challenge for me.  It's been 5 days now, and it's catching up to me.  By 3:00 in the afternoon I am dragging.  But I'm convinced that God wants this, so I'm going to push through.  My plan is to try to get up pretty early even on Saturday and Sunday so that my body keeps adjusting to this new insult accomplishment.  We'll see how it goes.

At any rate, the 90 minutes I have between my wake up time and waking up the children allows me to have a more extended time with the Lord, as well as some conversation with Jim.  And finally, if there's time, I can be on the computer.  I have to say that so far this weeks the results of this new plan have been mixed.  Though I'm excited to be up and in the Word, the family devotion time is precious, and it feels good to be ready to start the day by 7:30, I have also been feeling a little down and grumpy as the result of not getting enough sleep  (the fact that I'm getting up at 5:30 doesn't seem to be kicking in to my nightime brain, and I can't seem to fall asleep early enough).  I was needing a little encouragement, and this morning I found the following post, which I hope might enourage you as well:

It's really nothing new, but just what I needed to hear this morning.  So I'm starting my day off eager and motivated.'s only 7:30.  We'll see how it goes!

If any of you are up at 5:30, please let me know.  I'd love to think I have some company (and honestly I could use the accountability!  NOT that I want anyone checking on me at that hour of the day.  But you could always ask me later...)



  1. I'm not up at 5:30 during the summer, but during the school year (because of swimming), Olivia and I wake up at 4:35. ;)

  2. We're up at that hour! I used to run at that time, but I was half asleep the whole time. Now I just have my coffee, quiet time, and prayer time with Daniel. Daniel has to be in to work by 7:00, and he likes to read and pray with the girls before he leaves. The girls have their quiet time and then start on math before the boys get up - works for us! I think 6:30 is a much more civilized hour, but it just doesn't work right now. :(

  3. atheenaa@aol.comJuly 23, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    My sister sent me your blog. I don't know you and evidently you live around the corner from my mom. You are an incredible person with an incredible family, truly a woman of God. I admire you and will pray to be a more godly woman and mother. The link you have in the blog is awesome also. It's what a mother is all about. Thank you for sharing and I hope to meet you next time I am visitng my mother! Hang in there with the 5:30 am :)

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  5. oh, and I loved that link also. Thanks for sharing it-it was a great reminder!

  6. o.k., I was completely wrong...your 5:30 would be my 4:30...not going to do that!!!

  7. Oh my goodness Sharon...4:30 isn't even morning, is it?
    I've been meaning to e-mail you but somehow lost your e-mail address. Erkinesh is growing sooo much! It sounds like things are going well; I hope so!
    :) Susan