My kids get up early, like really early, like around six early (sometimes earlier). Before I had kids I was not a morning person, I was a get up 20 minutes before I had to leave, type of person. To make matters even worse my sister’s kids, who are the same ages as mine, sleep until 8ish.
I went through a period of time where I was just irritated about my early mornings. I did everything I could to get my kids to sleep later, the most highly revered baby sleep book did not have a solution for me. I started to get even more frustrated. I would groan as I got out of bed and my attitude to follow was not any better. I was grumpy, cranky and testy until the sun was up. I’m actually kind of embarrassed to tell you that, even knowing that all moms have a weak area.
Soon my bad attitude carried with me longer and longer into the day as I would become tired blaming my early morning on those 2 sweet faces at my bedside.
Finally, after a season of the Lord speaking to my heart about thankfulness and watching several friends struggle with infertility. I became convicted of my attitude and the way I dealt with my children, and changed my perspective and attitude.
Instead of being irritated with my very early mornings, or frustrated with being up in the night with one of them, I reminded myself to just be thankful they are there to be up with. When there are toys on the living room floor, fingerprints on my front door, or crayon on the walls I choose to just be thankful they are there.
A book I read called One Thousand Gifts, was a tool the Lord used to speak to me about thankfulness. She suggests that teaching yourself to celebrate with thankfulness, even the smallest things in life, can help change perspective and attitude. Our thankfulness creates beauty in our heart that overflows into our everyday lives and the person that we are.
If you can choose to be thankful in all areas of your life I think we will begin to see a shift in your perspective, you will really like. Celebrate all things in life, as a gift from God.
Here are some scriptures relating to thankfulness and the affect our perspective and condition of our heart has on the fruit we bear in our lives:
- Proverbs 27:19: As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects a person. (NIV)
- Luke 6:43-45: You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds (The Message).
- Colossians 2:6-7: My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving. (The Message)
Looking for a good book to read about thankfulness? I enjoyed One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where you Are, by Ann Voskamp.
Christa Rupar has a Bachelor of Arts in Bible Studies and a Master of Arts in Counseling. She would one day love to use her therapy skills working with kiddos. At the moment she stays home chasing around her two favorite little people Kyah, 3, and Beckham, 1. They get up way too early and go to bed way too late, but she wouldn’t trade it for the world. A strong cup of coffee and an afternoon dance party with the littles is her remedy for mom-induced sleep deprivation. She and her husband, Ryan, have been married for almost 6 years and reside in Springfield, MO.