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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 12

January 15, 2010

Scripture to Memorize:

She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
Proverbs 31:12-13

Passage to Read: Proverbs 6:6-11 Today’s passage deals with the ant. Have you ever noticed how busy ants are? They are always coming and going about the business of the hill. Are you like the ant or the sluggard? The sluggard lies about, sleeping or just lazing about the house. Today’s passage warns us that too much idleness will allow poverty to “come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”

Guided Prayer: Thank God for His example of the ant. Tell God how you want to consider its ways and become wise (gathering and storing for those lean times). Ask God to help you be self-motivated, conscious of the passage of time and seasons. Ask God to give you an internal sense of mission and to help you tune into your internal clock.

Confess if you have found it difficult to stay on task (I know I have, we joke that my ADD kicked in). This line hit me hard, because I’m often guilty of it: “I sleep for emotional reasons — to escape my responsibilities or indulge my yearning for comfort.” Now the times I don’t get enough sleep are typically due to 1) a child not sleeping or 2) my playing on the computer or watching TV way too late. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring you wisdom and conviction to bear on your sleep habits (I know I need this). Ask the Lord to be your alarm clock. Ask him to wake you each morning inviting you to spend the day with Him.

Personal:

Donna talks about how being home it becomes so easy to become lackadaisical; it’s hard to stay focused and on task. I know that looking back from when I worked and was a single mom forward until today a stay-at-home wife and mom to 3 boys there are times I feel like I got more done around the house when I worked. I pointed out to someone recently that I think part of the problem is when I worked I knew I only had a few hours a day to get everything that needed done completed; being home full-time gives me the illusion that I have all the time in the world to get it done so I dawdle and procrastinate and by the end of the day — nothing is done (or very little got done).

Donna suggests putting the laws of physics to work for you (if you have the problem I seem to have with self-motivation). Newton’s first law of physics states: An object at rests tends to stay at rest, while an object in motion tends to stay in motion. Now, I know this is very true (at least for me) when it comes to getting stuff done. My husband works nights so he comes home and goes to bed. If I sit down and read the paper or goof off on the computer until he is ready to go to bed (often 2-3 hours after he gets home), I have a very hard time getting anything done that day (I tend to stay on the computer all day). However, the mornings he has come home and gone to bed — I’ve eaten and gotten to work (some mornings even before he got home) and have accomplished loads by the time he gets up.

Ouch! I just read this: “Snooze, snooze, you lose. I’m sure the snooze button was inspired by the devil. It’s his secret weapon against Christians.” Now, I don’t know about you, but the snooze button is my friend in the morning — it helps delay the inevitable — waking up. Yep! You guessed it — I am NOT a morning person. At one job a boss joked: Cari shows up at 8a (starting time), her smile shows up at 9a and her personality shows up at 10a. I could do my job but things really annoyed me until around 10a when I was fully awake, after that most things didn’t bother me. I’m still that way and unfortunately, I have 3 boys who like to wake up with the sun! I think God is trying to tell me something. Maybe I need to start my day with “Good morning Lord!” versus “Good Lord it’s morning!” (said in the “it can’t be that time already” voice).

Donna suggests we set a specific wake-up time (remember we were to set a specific bedtime yesterday). She says ideally it should be 30 minutes before the rest of the family wakes up (hmm, that’s difficult in my house — seems like my boys have radar — mom’s up they are up). She says the first words out of your mouth should be: This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Funny thing is when I was able to wake the boys after I woke up I used to sing to them: “Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory, Glory … Children of the Lord.” See I was awake and functioning before I woke them so it worked.) Let’s strive to live our lives in such a way that when our feet hit the floor in the morning the devil yells, “Oh, no, she’s up!”

Try this for me: Go ahead and set your alarm clock but ask God to wake you when you’ve had enough sleep. Who knows you may find that God wakes you up just before your alarm rings (go ahead get up and start your day). I know the mornings the boys didn’t have school it was wonderful to wake up with out the buzzing of the alarm clock.

Practical Application:

Set your alarm clock for seven hours (eight if you are under thirty-five or like me really need 8 hours) from your appointed bedtime. As soon as you wake up (if you asked God to wake you) or your alarm clock goes off — get up and get going. Do this for one week. Adjust in 15 minute increments (at either end) until you find your ideal number of sleep hours.

Keep track of how many days you can wake up before you alarm goes off. Let God prove himself to you by waking you up refreshed and ready to go. Remember — as soon as you wake up, get up and get going. Reflect on the tranquility you’ll experience and the jumpstart you’ve had on your day.

Notebook: Add a MORNING ROUTINE page to the PERSONAL section. Create a routine that puts the law of inertia to work for you

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