“Sun’s up, Mommy! Time to get up!” – the words of my (then 3-year-old) son still echo in my memory. It was a sunny morning, the second summer in our home – and honestly, I wanted nothing more than to sleep until the noon day sun reached the peak of the summer sky.
The winter had been long – the man’s eyes still shadowed my dreams. The memory of performing cpr on this man, this father of children and young wife – watching his eyes drift into the Father’s hands. His body was in so much pain. The memory of that day and those moments never seemed far from my thoughts. To add to that my Mother’s death came just two weeks after his. These events on top of everyday life left my heart and mind seeking a way to find a new normal.
Sleep: it seemed to be the remedy. But the remedy was confused by restless dreams and nightmares that never seemed to end. What I did not realize, through all of the restless nights was that peace was merely a step away.
That morning; the words my sweet little spoke and the joy in his voice – combined with the beauty of the sun seeping through the cracks in my curtains began the awakening of my soul again.
The words of a child reminded me of the lives I had an opportunity to enjoy this life with.
In my heart, I heard my Father’s words – speaking to me. They were reminding me that these children: these beautiful hearts, created in his image – are blessings. Blessings I had been missing as I mourned death, rather than finding joy in the sweet moments that pass too quickly.
It was then that I made a decision to change our mornings. I no longer wanted to be the Mom lounging in the bed, with my children desiring to have a Mom awake in the morning. I wanted to be a Mom who was up and prepared for my children. That’s when a change began in our home.
I began seeking Joy and Peace in the morning.
You can, too. You can wake each morning and spend time with the one who loves you. You can prepare your heart and mind for those sweet littles who love nothing more than the hugs, kisses and sweet words of their Mommy – that’s you!!!
Here are some very easy ways to prepare for joy and peace in the morning with your family.
- Create a Quiet Space and Prepare it at night
- worship music
- Prepare your favorite drink – coffee or tea – ready to stew or steep
- Go to bed at a decent time
- Allow yourself one time to hit that snooze button
- Get up when your alarm goes off (or after that first push of the snooze button)
- Spend time praying, reading and meditating on God’s word
- Enjoy that first cup of coffee/tea – and consider the fact that your Father is sitting there enjoying it with you
- Listen to your worship music
- Go for a walk
- Now, go wake those littles with kisses and giggles
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