Alarm!!!!!! Promptly shut off and ignored - bad habit! Finally... ok. Get up. Up. Up.... Stumble into the kitchen and turn on the coffee pot (if I set it up the night before... otherwise there might be a pot to wash and beans to grind first) and commence to wake up. Here would be the part I get dressed for the day... if I had picked out my clothes the night before, which I usually don't. Another bad habit.
Now Coffee and Bible and sometimes Journal! :-) This makes me happy, especially when I'm up early enough to spend time pouring out thoughts and prayers onto the page. Journaling does not make one more spiritual, and the words of Scripture are far more priceless than any feeble prayer or thought I could scribble. But for me it's an amazingly rich and rewarding discipline. When I get beyond mechanically reading to actually "seeing," the real excitement and wonder begins. And the best way I've found to do that is to write to the Author, to ask Him about it and try to say it back to see if I understand, and to record my life in little marks as a way to tangibly offer myself back to Him. Sometimes the morning is rushing, and distractions fill my head, and nothing makes it onto the page. And that's alright, because there are no commands about journaling or Quiet Time At Six A.M. Or Thou Art Not A Christian. God doesn't show up in the morning between 5 and 7 and then disappear for the rest of the day.
About 6:30, time to make lunches for the Bob and the Mother! Usually sandwiches, fruit, sometimes yogurt and cookies... Pumpkin cookies today, which I actually made last night! Haven't cooked enough lately, so I was excited (as were a few other folks around here, I think!) They stay at school for a huge part of the day, so they need lots of sustanence! The Mother stays busy teaching Latin and preparing and grading, and Bob sits discussing in classes like Greek and Logic and Great Books and Algebra and Bible and History. Bob also studies up at school and later runs with the cross country team, which practice ends around 5-5:30, so he needs a LOT of food. He's a bit like a Hobbit who has drank gallons of Ent water, who also runs all the time and is decidedly not rounded. Just imagine.
Breakfast! Today it was eggs and pumpkin banana bread. Sometimes this is our quiet little family time at the kitchen table, when we eat together and talk, but today it didn't really happen. I wonder why? We all seemed a bit distracted and rushed... Oh, and uh...I was probably too distracted on my laptop at the kitchen table to invite sitting and talking. Oops.
And then they're out the door, and the house is still. Now, on to the stuff of the day! I need to write for work for about five hours, water plants and do some cleaning, maybe make some pizza dough for tonight, and do a little brainstorming and work for something that's happening tomorrow... It might not all get done. That's the potentially frustrating beauty of this job - flexibility! May I use it as a blessing today, and not a curse.
So, that's just a bit of my flawed morning, lived by a flawed girl, but blessed and led by my Father in so many good ways which I don't deserve.
I pray you have a blessed and exciting day, my readers! Remember, the Lion is not safe. But He is good.
P.S. My brother Zach, who has been gone nearly 2 months, just returned from Peru! He had the coolest beard, but is back at work today so I'm afraid it's gone now. Praise God for his safe return and all his adventures!