This year has been the HARDEST year of my life! I know I have said this many many times before today. But I want it said as many times as I can say it! Because truly, this year the Lord has brought me from the very depths of despair. Nothing I usually did could I do. NOTHING! Not even clean the home or prepare meals!
Recently, the Lord has been showing me how nothing is apart from him! NOTHING! And how many things we are called to do are done out of obedience. Obedience takes strength...does it not? So once again, I am taken back to the Lord. "Lord, I know you are calling me to this...but I am tired! I am scared! How do I do this?" When we do this! When we realize that any ability we have is given to us by God's strength, it doesn't seem as scary.
I am always humbled by how the Lord confirms things through dear friends. Yesterday, my dear friends Quinn wrote a beautiful post on rising early. :) The very thing the Lord had been dealing with me on. She gave a wonderful book and many quotes from the book! All of which spoke to me! You can read the whole post HERE.
"It is said in a proverb in the preceding part of this book, that “every wise woman buildeth her house, while the foolish plucketh it down with her hands” (Proverbs 14:1). The stability and comfort of the household are, indeed, so dependent on the domestic arrangements of her who presides; punctuality and order in the wife are so necessary for the preservation of the property which may have been acquired, that the truth of the old Irish saying, “A man must ask his wife’s leave to be rich,” is very apparent. Early risers will not often be found among those whose habits are irregular and disorderly. The practice of beginning the work with the commencement of the day, is almost always found in conjunction with punctual and diligent habits, and with such love of order and management as is described in the text. "
"If household duties demanded exertion, then the gained hour might enable us to pass through them more leisurely and more pleasantly, and we might be saved the irritation of hurried business; or if we gave that hour to God, who shall say what blessings our prayers might bring down on ourselves, and on those dear to us, on the church of God, and on the world at large! "
Through my dear friend, and the Lord, I was given the strength to wake up early! My husband and I exercised, I made his lunch and breakfast, wrote him a note, had my devotion, laid out breakfast items for the children and wrote this quick little post. :) QUINN, THIS PICTURE IS FOR YOU!!!!! Just a quick shot with my phone. But nevertheless, Thank you my dear friend for posting the struggle you are having in this area! My how my heart was freed by knowing others struggle in this area and it isn't just another thing I need to add to my list of struggles! Thank you for showing that rising early isn't required of only those who are natural morning people. But it is a stepping stone to a Godly woman in helping her to become consistent and steadfast in the management of her home. :) I plan on writing a follow up post about this soon. But for now...A very quick and a very BIG THANK YOU!!! :)