Dawn Of The Dead

Tomorrow morning our son, Adam, is going on an end of term school trip to Scotland. He is super excited about this and has been looking forward to it for weeks. I am not quite so excited as (a) I had to pay for the trip (b) he announced he would need £60-80 ‘spending money’ but this was okay as the ‘spoilt kids’ were taking £150 and (c) I will have to get up at 4:30 a.m. to drive him to his pick up point.

After that I have five hours to kill before work. What to do? What to do? Go back to bed? Unlikely that I will get back to sleep and, even if I did, I would probably wake up more shattered than before. Go for a run? I hate early morning runs and always struggle on them. Plus I haven’t been feeling that well this week so my running mojo has been somewhat lacking.

Go on Amazon and buy some new books for my Kindle Fire? Tempting if it wasn’t for the fact that our son has already bankrupted me of late through semi-formals, school trips, new school uniform and rugby kit etc. The Bank of Dad is down to its last few pennies make no mistake.

Spring clean the house from top to bottom and prepare breakfast in bed for my wonderful wife? This has potential but runs the risk of burning the house down or waking Fionnuala up early as I blunder around the kitchen banging cupboard doors and dropping saucepans on the floor.

So many options coursed through my head. Then it hit me. Never once had I included God in my enforced early start. Why wasn’t I starting my day in his company? When was the last time I started the day studying his Word, praying the million prayers I should be praying or just quietly meditating in his presence?

We are so used to living our noisy, chaotic lives at a million miles an hour that when we do get cursed (I mean blessed) with a dawn start we immediately look for ways to fill the time with additional clutter as opposed to making the most of the opportunity and spending time with God.

Jesus often got up early to spend time with his Father in Heaven. And he had the busiest days imaginable. So why can’t we follow his example. Now that the brighter mornings are here (at least where we live) it isn’t much to ask. He wants to spend time with us. And it will be time well spent.

Anyway I’m off to bed. I have an early start tomorrow 😳

Mark 1:35 – ‘Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.’

Are you a morning person? Or do you fail to function as a human being until after noon?

When do you spend your quiet time with God?

What is the first thing you normally do when you get up?

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 15 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

17 thoughts on “Dawn Of The Dead

  1. I normally take a quick gander at my phone after poking at the alarm on it to get it to stop honking at me…then roll out of bed, let the dog out to do her business, get myself awake enough to do a quick 15-20 minute workout and then settle down with a cup of coffee and my Bible. This is my usual daily routine 🙂


      1. If I am not disciplined, I don’t get it done. I don’t mean to sound like spending time with God is something to mark off a list, but I have to be intentional about it, otherwise I am easily be derailed.


  2. ugh! another inviting post from you! I used to spend every morning when I first woke up in the word, using the SOAP (scripture,observation, application, prayer) method with journaling. now it’s spent on worldly things like Facebook and wallowing in self pity.


  3. I’m a morning person so when our dog woke up this morning at 3:30 AM I got up to let her out and here I sit with my Kindle and the Lord, too. Hope your son has a nice time.


  4. Earlier in my ministry, I was very disciplined about rising up at 5am for early morning prayer. It was not just a ritual, it was the fuel I needed to start my day. Early morning meditation with the Lord enabled me to feel inspired to press forward through my hectic and stressful schedule. Now, nearly 20 years later, I still rise early, but struggle just to get out for work on time. Instead of a full 30 minutes, it’s more like 3 minutes of prayer and reading the scripture of the day. I applaud you for seeing this opportunity to create a morning glory experience. It will be well worth it. As for me, I’ve decided that the evenings are now more feasible for reflection. Whatever the time of day, we must dedicate, carve out, intentionally plan to spend quality time with God.

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  5. I love the morning! The first thing I do is turn off my alarm, then open the drawer and take out my devotional. Then I go downstairs and feed my cat before she dies of starvation (or thinks she does). Then I turn on my Kindle and do my Bible reading on the Blue Letter Bible app; then I do various other things including feeding several other animals. 😉

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