Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Signs of Dawn

Morning. There's nothing quite like it. In a perfect world it follows on the heals of a restful sleep; it heralds a new day containing a fresh serving of God's amazing grace. It's a time of fresh starts, new beginnings, energized agendas and hopeful happenings. In a perfect world.
From my earliest recollections morning was - and is - a call to joy for me. Long before my feet hit the floor, I'm anticipating the wonder of it all. Dawn's early light never ceases to inspire me, even when it's cloaked in clouds.
Mother often quieted me while the household slept, reminding me that not everyone rises with such a boisterous beginning. I learned all about sunrise stealth from my Father ... a man that could brew coffee and whip up waffles without making a sound.
On the rare occasion that I rise with a heavy heart or a rustled spirit, you can be sure I slip away to consider just what's attached itself to my soul. Today is such a day..
  • Is there something specific or someone in particular needing prayer?
  • Have I said or done something that's incongruent?
  • Was it Elaine's post, Innocence Lost, that troubled my heart?
  • Did I not get enough sleep?
I may or may not figure it out, but this I know: today is the day the Lord has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it.
Dawn is certain, even as the Son also rises.


Denise said...

I will pray for you dear.

Rose said...

Early morning is my favorite time of the day. Everything is still and the quietness of it brings such peace to me. I enjoy sitting and reading, while drinking my coffee, before the real world comes crashing in.

Amen, the day is the Lord's we will rejoice!

Shirley said...

As I read this post, I was reminded that something was missing, and then I realized I had not opened the blinds over the kitchen sink...the window where the morning light enters the house to play upon the floor. I love sitting here watching the light transform as the sun makes its way across the sky, especially on cloudy mornings. On those mornings, there is a dance that takes place right before my eyes. Oh, the wonder of God's creation!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Sunrise stealth...

What an image!

I have many nights of restless sleep as opposed to your peaceful ones. I often welcome the sunlight simply because it gets me out of the night cycle. I haven't slept in years, Sassy. I wish I could.

In those night quandries, when I lie awake and ponder my misery, I always turn to prayer and thoughts of God. I try and make Scripture reading a final bedtime ritual so that I wander off to sleep with thoughts of God in my head.

Anyway, when you put your finger on it... let me know. If you want your heart to "stir" further, Melinda has an interesting thread of discussion going on over at her blog in regards to abortion. Have mercy... that one kept me turning all night. Follow the trail of comments on the 2nd post down. Weigh in if you'd like


Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Love reading your posts! They lift my spirits and give me messages that I didn't realize I needed to hear! Thanks!

Beth E. said...

HUGS to you this day, Sassy!


Heart2Heart said...


I feel you right where you are. Seems like we had similar times! Here is to spending more quiet times in whatever circumstances God provides for us. I want to just sit back and enjoy the silence of God speaking to my heart and soul.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Runner Mom said...

I too am a morning person! There is something about meeting God first thing before the wildness begins!!

I read Elaine's post, too. Oh, mercy!


rcubes said...

May the Lord's peace surround you for the rest of the day. I love watching the rising sun. The soft glow when it first comes out against the lingering darkness reminds me of the Light of the world. Blessings.

Just a little something from Judy said...

My mother taught me to love the early morning hours. She too could make a big cooked breakfast quietly moving about her kitchen. When we would come down to the kitchen in the morning, she would always cheerfully quote the verse you ended this post with. We did not accept her joyfulness sometimes, although at this point in my life, I do consider every single day, a special gift from my Heavenly Father.
I visited Elaine's blog and truly felt a deep sadness in my heart as I read her post. Like she so beautifully stated, it will not go on forever. Some day our hearts will no longer be so troubled.

Joan Carr said...

I love the mornings, I like to get up and get the day started and see what is in store for the day.

Andrea said...

It's now evening, and my bedtime is nearing. I hope for peaceful sleep, but I have certainly, many, many times, been where you are with restless nights. They surely pass slowly, don't they?

Though such times are hard for me to understand, I do know God has all under control. His voice speaks even in silence.

Praying tonight will bring you peace and sweet dreams,


P.S. The pics of you and your grandchildren are beautiful! You are so blessed!

Debbie said...

I love people who wake up with a song in their heart and are optimistic about the day. I need to read Elaine's post. I glanced at it and thought it would take time to ponder but after several mentions on blogs, I think I need to go back and read it.

You are becoming an inspiration to me and I thank you for that.


skoots1mom said...

mornings ALWAYS intrigue me...God's creativity with them is always new yet wonderfully familiar...they comfort me.
love your post today
praying you're discomfort has been lifted

Saleslady371 said...

I love mornings also and I like the way you describe yours. I also like the way you investigate the not-so-good mornings. I'll be sure to read Elaine's post.