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The moment you
wake up each morning,
all your wishes and hopes
for the day rush at you
like wild animals. And the first
job each morning consists in
shoving it all back; in listening
to that other point of view,
letting that larger, stronger,
quieter life come flowing in.
C.S. Lewis

I'm a morning person and love getting loads done before the day's officially begun (don't expect much from me after around 7pm though!). So it suits me to wake early, make the coffee and settle into my favourite chair to spend a short time reading the Bible and praying each day. However, I wake up "fully awake" (very annoying for my family!) and thinking about the day ahead. So I find the early morning is also a great time to get a load of washing on; write emails; send texts; sort washing; and do endless other "jobs".

When I read this C S Lewis quote I identified with the "all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals" and I thought "yes, that's just the way it is", and got on with my various jobs.
Then I took note of this : "the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back". That looked like I'd have to work at it - it wasn't going to come naturally! But the rewards looked worth it "listening to that other point of view, letting the larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in". So I've been working at that...and before I do anything else in the morning I consciously call to mind Bible verses, lines from worship songs and promises of Jesus. I remind myself that God is for me, He loves me and has plans for me. It puts everything - all the "wild animals" in perspective. 
It's a much calmer way to begin my day.

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Anonymous said…
I can totally relate to this, Catrina. Often it can seem somewhat overwhelming to have what appears to be a mountain of tasks to be done before the day is over. I'm a morning person too, though borne out of necessity to get the dog walked, the household's daily clothes freshly ironed and packed lunches done before the family awake. Its either get out of bed early and sacrifice a couple of hours' sleep or cut into vital family time of an evening doing these things. I choose the former as the latter is essential in making time for each other as a family, and its that all-important "T" word that pulls and tugs at us like a demanding child - "TIME". Instead of being a slave to chores I do the essentials day-by-day and the other things can wait, though this has been a hard task to master as strangely, being more lax with chores wasn't my usual mindset. Making time for myself by relaxing with a cup of tea and immersing myself in God's word takes precedence over whether or not I should clean the oven.

At first I felt guilty in this shift of mindset but recently I have started to see the benefits which have passed down to the children. They no longer have a stressed-out mum who is at the end of her tether and run ragged with housework; they see someone more peaceable with life, more relaxed and in turn they too have a willingness to share in and learn His word. Amazing the benefits that can be had by putting down the dusting cloth and polish once in a while, isn't it? God bless you for sharing these brilliant insights via this blog :)

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