A perfect morning

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Golden Hour.”

The prompt asked, “6:00 AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00 AM bedtime?”

My alarm goes off at 5:30 am on the mornings that I haven’t already turned it off and began my day.  Sometimes I grumble to myself as I stumble into the bathroom to begin my morning routine.  My last stop in on the way to the kitchen or should I say on the way to my Keurig, is at my scale, which is something I’ve done for so many years, it’s a more of a habit than anything.  It’s reading doesn’t make any difference in my mood; it just lets me know if I should lighten things up.

Coffee done, in goes the sugar and half and half; some things I just will not give up! Holding one of the lovely cups given to me by friends who know my love of coffee and tea, I make my way to my favorite spot.  Before I sit, I open the blinds where I can watch God display the colors of a morning sunrise.  The birds are waking too and sing to their Creator with unabashed fervor.

After sufficient sips of hot java, and enough blinking where my eyes begin to see clearly, on go my cheaters and my bible is opened and on my lap.  Feet up and feeling so peaceful, I began to receive my daily spiritual nourishment.  After prayer and meditation on the Word, my day can continue with me feeling strengthened and ready to take on anything.

At some point in my morning, usually a bit later, my husband wakes up and comes to find me to give me a morning hug and kiss.  This happens every morning without fail unless one of us is travelling and it is one of the highlights of my day.  I smile when I hear him walking toward me, thankful that this is still our reality after 21 years as husband and wife.

I have described the perfect morning at my house.  It varies from time to time, but if any of this is missing, the day seems to sputter and I falter and things just don’t go as smooth.  Yes, for me, the perfect morning is described above.

Opportunities are like sunrises, if you wait too long, you miss them.

William Arthur Ward

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

The weekly photo challenge was to depict “beginning”. The perfect beginning to my day is to walk outside with coffee and bible in hand and watch the day begin.

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Beginning

Brand new day!

Daily Prompt: Your Time to Shine

Early bird, or night owl?

That was the question.  This is an easy one for me.  I have always been the early bird.

By around 9pm my mind is done for the day, as far as providing intelligent, insightful conversation or coming up with any grand ideas.  As a child, I remember begging my night owl sister to go to bed when I did because I was scared of the dark.  She often relented because she has a heart as beautiful as morning dew on a rose.

To wake up early, and enjoy the beginning of a brand new day, fresh and new,  is exhilarating to me!  My thoughts are clear, my body is refreshed and my soul wakes up grateful for this life and another day to really live it!

On the rare occasion that I do “sleep in” until around 7:00, I feel like I have most likely missed something.  I want to be awake to see that sun rising to usher in a new day, full of hope.  Next, I want to enjoy the flurry of activity that follows, especially the bird song and others waking up.  Although I’m annoying, I feel like I help to wake them up happy and move them along towards a joyful day.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.  Marcus Aurelius

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