Early Morning


James Baskett as Uncle Remus ~ Skippity Do Dah

I am really not a Morning Person.  No, really.  I am NOT a morning person. But through the years, mainly because I have five children and a husband I need to take care of, I have had to fake it.  You’ve probably heard “Fake it til you make it”?

Well, it doesn’t work with mornings. After nearly 33 years of marriage and 30 years of children I am still not a morning person. But my attitude has changed.

What exactly is a morning person, you may ask?  In my mind it is someone who sings Skipitty Do-Dah while showering and making breakfast.  Also its someone who is fully awake and can participate in meaningful conversation. And remember it.

I can do some of those things but not all together. For example; I can make breakfast at 0’darkthirty but don’t expect me to sing, its all I can do to grunt good morning and keep from burning the bacon. I can listen to you talk and understand it but I can’t participate in meaningful conversation. I am an 8-10 hour of sleep kind of gal and even if I get that kind of sleep, my mind doesn’t awaken and the squirrels don’t start running in the wheel until maybe 8-10 a.m.  Though through the years  I have managed to teach myself to say the words, “I’ll get back to you.”

Winter time is the worst. In the spring and summer I can manage to get up and be communicative by 7 a.m. some days! But in the winter when the air is cold and the sky is dark, my body wants to hibernate and it is followed closely by my mind.

The one thing that has kept me going all these years is the knowledge that I have people who depend on me. Because there are people in my home who look to me to feed them, cloth them, teach them and support them in various ways, I get up and get moving at a reasonable hour.  And I try to be friendly and kind even though I’d rather snap and grumble some mornings. If I can’t be nice, I keep my mouth shut firmly until I’ve awakened fully.

Sleepiness and my natural bent toward being grumpy are not excuses for treating people badly, or even for being a downer on their morning. I think of this:  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Luke 6:31.  What I would have others do unto me is  to leave me alone until maybe 10 a.m… but that isn’t what this verses is saying.   Its saying that whatever someone else needs, that’s what you do for them because that’s what you’d want them to do for you, right?

Part of growing and maturing in Christ is learning how to deny yourself and put others first.  When you are living the daily grind, that gets hard, Sometimes you just want to drop it and be the way you want to be.  But the love of Christ and the strength of the Holy spirit are right there for the taking. If I remember to ask, He supplies what I need.

I wish I could tell you that I became a morning person over the years but I can’t. I’m still sleepy and non-communicative early in the mornings. But I get my work done, and by the grace of God I am able to be kind and offer only gentle replies.

Are you a morning person?  If you are, is it your nature or have you made yourself be a morning person?






About Sylvia

Sylvia is the owner of the Christian HomeKeeper Network website and ministry. She and her husband Mark live in Tennessee. They are the parents of 5 children and grandparents to three so far. They have homeschooled since 1990. Sylvia is a Christian and enjoys mentoring women, writing articles for several magazines, gardening, Bible study and creating a peaceful holy home. Follow Sylvia on Google+ or check out her 21st Century HomeKeeper podcasts on the Preparedness Radio Network.
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15 Responses to Early Morning

  1. Mary S. says:

    This is the first time I have found your blog. You have me to a tee and I needed the reminder to get myself up out of bed a lot earlier. I feel bad because I barked at my daughter for getting me up before the baby was up for “no reason”. Thank you for touching my heart to make sure I get up and tend to her and see my hubby off to work.

    • Sylvia says:

      Mary thank you so much for sharing that, I really appreciate it and I hope you have success in getting up earlier to start your day.

  2. Tracy says:

    I am a morning person. Its the only time during the day I can read the Bible. I have a 3 month old son, and my daughter is almost 3.

    • Sylvia says:

      Tracy I understand! Though I have never really been a morning person, I got up very early when my children were young so that I could find some peace of mind and focus for the day. There was a time in my life when I owned a bakery and home educated 4 children! I got up at 4 am then.

  3. Rosa Paulucci Machado says:

    I am a morning person, ever. Since a baby. I love it. I wake up between 5h00 and 6hoo am.

  4. Cherlynn says:

    I’m a morning person! I love waking up so very early before anyone else so I can have time to read my scriptures and have private prayer. then I’m ready to start my day! I assess my needs first and try hard to get them done by noon. I used to be able to keep it up all day but as I touch on 60, I’m slowing way down. I’d like to keep going but it’s not there any more. So my have to do’s each day get done early because I may not have the strength to do it by afternoon.
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    • Sylvia says:

      Believe it or not, I really do understand that. I am all used up by 6 pm. I do get up early in the spring, summer and autumn…. but winter time? Probably not. lol

  5. Fee says:

    I am a Morning Person, and love to wake up early to get everything done in peace and quiet. I cherish the time to myself in the morning when I can pray, reflect on the day ahead, and enjoy a cup of coffee before beginning the day. (Before my morning coffee and huge glass of water, I’m not worth knowing), and I can certainly say that come 8pm, with the little ones in bed, it gets increasingly difficult to keep my eyes open! In our part of the world, an afternoon siesta is mandatory…However I forego my afternoon nap and head for bed at 10pm!

  6. Shari says:

    I am such a morning person, always have been. I must have inherited it from the farmer side of the family. I like to get up before the sun and watch it rise, and I am afraid I am a morning talker. I love to sit over the breakfast table and chat with anyone that will listen to me. In the winter, I am first up to tend the fire, in the summer, first up to see to the animals and greet the sun. My kids are morning people, my husband is not.


  7. Linda says:

    You have described me too. My husband is a morning person. I kid him that his feet hit the floor then his eyes open. If he is still in bed at 6am I know he is sick.
    I just remain quiet until I’ve been up at least 30 minutes. Which I’m sure he appreciates. lol!

  8. Cheri Howard says:

    You just described me, too! And I have ALWAYS been that way for as long as I can remember. But it’s good to be reminded that my natural bent should not become an excuse to neglect what needs to be done and be kind to others – even if I’d rather be in bed!

  9. Dee says:

    I’m very far from being a morning person, & so is Hubby. By the grace of God, it’s our schedule that keeps me from having to be one, except for Sundays. Hubby doesn’t get off work until close to midnight, so bedtime is 1 – 2 am most “nights”. We can sleep until 9:00 or so. His job, being evening hours, allows me to have the busiest part of my day in the hours I work best! Praise God!

  10. Terri J says:

    Although I enjoy watching the sun rise in the morning, I prefer to do it in utter solitude and silence. I love early mornings, but don’t want to have to start meeting the demands of my day that early. I don’t want to sing, talk, or even answer questions until the sun has safely risen and I’ve enjoyed at least 2 cups of coffee.

  11. Helena Horwath via Facebook says:

    Haha! I so identify with this! Left to my own devices, I wake up between 7.30 am and 8.00 am. However, I have to rise at 6.00 am. It’s a challenge. When that insistent alarm clock penetrates my sleep, I have to say to myself, “One, two, three and UP”.