Morning People

Not too long ago, morning people made me roll my eyes. I found them unbearably chipper and annoyingly accomplished, as before nine a.m. they had already plowed the back forty, canned three dozen jars of organic jam, or completed some other such wholesome activity.

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For most of my life, I was an unabashed night owl. I stayed up long past the rest of my family to recharge my introvert batteries and meet writing deadlines. I loved the quiet of my sleeping house and spent the wee hours managing my life.

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But after I turned forty, it became apparent that I could no longer be as productive at night as I once had. I made foolish mistakes when paying bills and preparing lessons. I slept until mid-morning and still never felt rested, and the extra time I spent sleeping meant that I didn’t have enough hours in the day to keep up with the demands of daily life.

This past summer, I decided something had to change. I’d try going to bed and getting up earlier. My daughter wanted to exercise with me before the heat of the day, and I wanted to work in my garden early as well.

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While the first week or so was difficult, my body adjusted surprisingly quickly. I felt better, my brain clearer and my body more relaxed. When I changed my diet and replaced my most beloved carbs with protein-rich foods, my energy levels increased as well.

Well….I don’t roll my eyes at morning people anymore. I have left the dark side and become a morning person, in practice if not at heart. I still love my nightly quiet time – it’s just shorter, and more about resting than working. But I’ve learned that I can change something about myself that I thought would be ingrained for the rest of my life.

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Maintaining healthy habits is a thread woven throughout the Bible. I just chose to ignore the verses about getting out of bed early!

But as every verse in Scripture was included by God for a reason, how could I continue to pick and choose which ones to practice? While rising early is not a command, it is certainly exemplified by Godly people in Scripture, and even by Jesus.

Noticing these verses has opened my eyes to other areas of life in which Scripture offers counsel. It’s reminded me to embrace and employ all the wisdom contained in its pages.

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Verses to Consider

And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord. – Genesis 19:27

So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared. – Nehemiah 4:21

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. – Psalm 5:3

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She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. – Proverbs 31:15

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. – Mark 1:35

And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him. – Luke 21:38


Is there a subject in the Bible you’ve taken to heart recently?

Do you seek the Word’s wisdom about topics such as health, finances, work life, and parenting?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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24 thoughts on “Morning People”

  1. I as well have made the switch, and Ashley has came along as well. When you have big goals, you have to take advantage of the opportunities of time given to you. We have enjoyed the leisure of watching the sun come up and spending time with Greg over coffee. 🙂

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  2. For the last few days I’ve set my alarm for 5am, and have managed to get up at that time. I absolutely love the first couple of hours of the day when I get up early. I normally go to bed around 10pm, and I find the early starts help me sleep better, as I’m not ‘oversleeping’, so am always a little tired! I’m really enjoying this routine and hope I can stick with it. Lovely post!

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  3. I am so glad you don’t roll your eyes any more. 🙂 I am one of those morning people who gets up usually by 5 am, if not before. My husband and I are out walking at 6, at the latest, before it gets too hot. But we are also usually to bed no later than 9 pm, but there are exceptions.

    I agree totally with you on the early rising and exercise and healthy eating. Lately I have not been eating nearly as healthy so this is an encouragement to me to get back on track. I sleep better when I eat healthier, too.

    But most important to me is that I am available to the Lord for whatever he has for me throughout my day or night, so my schedule can vary from day to day depending on God’s schedule for me.

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      1. I used to not be very flexible, but the older I have gotten the more flexible I have become. We have no set in stone schedule anymore and I like it that way. But I do have daily responsibilities and priorities, so I must guard against becoming too unscheduled to where I end up following my flesh instead of the Spirit. I am a servant of Christ first, and I have to keep that at the forefront. There is a balance to every thing in life. Wisdom helps us to find that right balance.

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