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Why I Get Up Early

August 14, 2009

Good morning.

It is quiet in my house.

I’ve just finished praying.

It is very, very still.  I  hear nothing but the little tapping of my keys as I type.

Three pumpkin candles are flickering around the living room – an orange testament to the harvest theme that has exploded all over the downstairs.

My dog is snoring softly on the couch.

A copy of “Self Talk, Soul Talk” is open next to my well-loved Ryrie Study Bible.

In the morning – when I get up before my family – I am handed moments like this from Jesus.

Moments of total calm.  Moments of peace.  Moments when the world has not yet begun to call out to me – reminding me of everything I should be doing.

There is only silence in the early morning.

I take a breath.  And another.

One more.

I want to linger a little longer, watching the candles and smelling the pumpkin scent gently flooding my space.


Life is starting to stir.

I hear Hugh stumbling into the shower, determined to be on time to his Friday morning Bible study.

My dog is waking up – looking for breakfast.

I think I’ll keep the candles lit today…as a reminder to me of the stillness that Christ offers when I quiet my heart in His Presence.

It’s going to be a lovely day.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2009 5:20 am

    Beautiful post-as usual 🙂
    I long to be an early riser, but have never really gotten the hang of it. However, this morning I am up before anyone else, and it’s just as you described. I hope you do have a lovely day 🙂

  2. August 14, 2009 6:27 am

    what a beautiful way to start the day. thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. August 14, 2009 8:56 am

    ‘I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.’ Prov 8:17

    You found Someone this morning! That scene you described is just what you needed, it’s what we all need. Thanks for sharing that with us.

    P.S. Was wondering abour your new shots. Have you started them and how are they working if you have?

  4. August 14, 2009 10:13 am


    I just pulled some apricot and toasted almond scones out of the oven. Can I come over if I bring extra honey, butter and huge jug of fresh brewed coffee? 😀

    Enjoy your day, Jess.

  5. August 14, 2009 10:17 am

    For this night owl, that description of your morning quiet almost makes me want to get up earlier in the morning. (The problem is I love my sleep so much. Ah, the desires of the flesh.)

    I used to have my quiet time in a separate room where I do my scrapbooking and I loved it. I can close the door and even journal. The problem is it became the dump-it-all room. You know the kind where you have to be careful where you step? I don’t have that kind of alertness in the morning. 🙂 I seriously have to consider cleaning it up this weekend. I may even get some candles. Thanks for the incentive.

  6. August 14, 2009 12:15 pm

    Sounds so breath-takingly lovely. I so want to be able to do that. Unfortunately, our house is too small for me to have my “own” space. So I almost always have kids around me begging for attention as I try to spend time with God. Especially since She Speaks its been hard to have time to journal.

    I escaped to the coffee shop this morning, so I am going to plug in my head phones to some gentle music, and try to relax into God’s presence here.

    Thanks for the reminder that I really need to get to bed early enough to get up before the kids, so that I am not distracted when I am trying to be with the Lover of my soul.

    I hope your day continues to be lovely!

  7. August 14, 2009 2:05 pm

    What a wonderful post. I could smell the pumpkin candles. I pray it was indeed a wonderful day.

    Thinking of you!

  8. August 14, 2009 11:24 pm

    This is good stuff Jess…..does this mean you have already decorated your house for fall??? I’m really lagging behind then!!

    And a good kick in the butt to start getting up early again…i miss those times and since coffee is nauseating me right now i should switch to tea because satan has been trickin me into telling me that my quiet times won’t be as good if i don’t hava hot drink to sip at the same time….and trickin he has…..cuz i listened…..oh i can’t wait til i can drink coffee again!!! But these babes are all worth it in the long run, eh?

    Hope you had a great day my friend!!!

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