My husband leaves for work at 6am and we get to sleep in for a bit longer before my five year old sounds off. This morning I heard him wail, and I woke up and rushed to the bathroom, brushed my teeth and put in my contacts before he had time to wail again. Off to the coffee pot I went.

I don’t need to set an alarm. Every morning my son wakes me up by hollering, “Mom is it time to wake up??”

It wouldn’t matter what I did, as soon as I hear him, I know…it is time to start a new day.

I guess you could say I’m not a morning person as before my coffee I am pretty ill to the world; for everyone’s sake though, I try to make it to the coffee pot as soon as possible.

“Mooooom! Is it time to wake up yet>?!?” He will go and sound off until I answer with a “Yes.”

Nothing else will do. Until I say, “yes” he is dedicated as ever and goes and goes just like an energizer bunny. Boom! Boom! Boom! “Mom! Mom! Mom!”

It sort of reminds me of the hounding that occurs on a trip or vacation, “Are we there yet?”

But no, I don’t ever need to set an alarm as my little man is quite devoted to waking up each day at the same approximate time. So he wakes us both up. Isn’t he considerate?

This morning…

I knew that yesterday was my last chocolate chip pancake fueling, and I was already disappointed in knowing I was going to have to eat cereal instead. When what happened, but an extra pancake packet was found in my shipment and oh, it made my morning. I actually jumped up and down with glee. Oh, another day just like my last one! To have them match! It delighted me. And it’s the littlest things (nowadays) that make me the happiest. Sound the alarm!

Having a chocolate chip pancake for breakfast, one that reinforced my program, is exactly what I needed this morning to put me in a good mood. It gave me something to be grateful for, although small, it reminded me early that the little things sometimes can be great things. It’s all in how we look at it.

Do you ever have things in the morning that you do routinely and if it gets off schedule, you yourself feel like the day is off too? I can’t tell you what a creature of habit I am, but each day I actually “enjoy” feeling the way I do in waking up. It’s what makes me, well, me. At the time, it feels like a struggle, but if it were in any other way, it would feel, “off.” I would probably sleep the day away and not have an alarm. I wouldn’t rush to the coffee pot as there would be no reason to. I wouldn’t even eat breakfast—one of the most important fuelings of the day, because there wouldn’t be a reason to be up…what I’m saying is, I’m grateful for the situation that I have going on each day as it makes me rise to an occasion of sorts. It helps me to greet the day the best way I know how to. And I always want to be ready. Ready for everything, including eternity. And Amen to that.

I may stumble each day but with the Lord on my side, nothing can be bigger. He knows what I can handle. It is my responsibility to be ready, to keep alert, and to cease the day. You never know what the day could bring…

“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake and alert and watching when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them recline at table and will come and serve them!” Luke 12:37

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