I spend a lot of time talking about frugality when it comes to things like groceries, energy, and gas. But there is one are where we can choose to be frugal that often gets overlooked.
After almost a year of my husband being laid off we easily found ourselves regularly sleeping until 8 am or more.
This had quickly become a habit and I didn’t even realize how wasteful I was being. I would never think to waste money in this way. And yet for some reason my time didn’t seem like a valuable thing?
Now that my husband is back to work we have been waking up again at 5 am every morning. I get the opportunity to spend alone time with my husband every single morning! I cannot tell you how much I have come to love these few early morning hours alone after my husband has left and before my kids awaken.
I can get so much accomplished between 6-8 am!
I was really missing out on those extra 2 hours in the morning to get stuff done before the kids started their day when I was staying in bed until 8 am. Before I began starting my day earlier I was beginning to feel like I was drowning. I felt that I just didn’t have enough time in a day.
My home was suffering from it. My family was suffering from it. My kids schooling was suffering from it. My relationship with the Lord was suffering from it.
This is just to name a few areas where I was seeing the effects of those missing 2 hours.
And all the while I was complaining in my head (and occasionally out loud) that I just didn’t have enough time. Whining about how hard I had it and how much I was responsible for. I had turned into a brat. My attitude stunk and my heart began to fill with bitterness and regret. I was in serious trouble if I continued down this road.
And then my husband got his job back and that meant we had to put an end to our wastefulness with our time.
I am thankful that I was able to reclaim those missing hours. It has made all the difference. I am able to spend time with the Lord and my husband, get a jump start on the days chores, blog, and just enjoy some time alone before the rest of the world wakes up and begins chipping away at my time.
Now, instead of saying I need a couple more hours in the day to get it all done I’ll be using the couple hours a day that the Lord is giving me.
I’m not trying to imply that everyone needs to be up at 5 am because I know each person has their own set of circumstances to work with. All I am trying to say is that you could reevaluate where you are. Can you set the alarm just 15 minutes earlier, maybe a half hour even to prepare yourself for the challenges of the day to come.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
The Message Bible Translation
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