WAKING UP GRUMPY
I am not a morning person. I am usually the last one in the family to sleep , and I wake up in the middle of the night several times, hence, the last one to wake up in the morning too. Unlike some of you, I really cannot function effectively without my 8 hours of sleep. Honestly, I’d rather sleep in than do anything else in the morning. And my family over the years has realized that I am much happier when I am not disturbed during my beauty rest. Our 2-yr old Joaquin demands that I stay beside him in bed every morning which is a perfect excuse for me to stay in bed. Thankfully, my husband has assumed the role of “mom” in the mornings and has breakfast with the kids, does daily devotions with them and brings them to school. I am only woken up in cases of emergency, like when Janina’s hair needs to be fixed a certain way. Hehe…
I remember when Nathan was in grade 1, he brought home his Filipino exam for me to see. One of the items in the test said : Use “bugnutin” in a sentence. (Bugnutin is the Filipino word for “grumpy or cranky.”) Nathan wrote “Ang nanay ko ay bugnutin tuwing umaga.” (My mom is grumpy in the mornings.) Ayayay! I couldn’t refute what he wrote because it was so true. That was 8 years ago. Hopefully, he’s found another way to use that word again today.
Lamentations 3:22-24, says “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him’.”
I thank God that He is not like me who is sometimes grumpy in the morning. I thank God that every morning, He greets me with love and favor. I am thankful that whatever kind of mood I am waking up in, I know that that our Heavenly Father is so loving that every morning He blesses me with new compassion and mercy. I know that no matter how stressful my day will go, that God is right there with me, enabling me to do what I need do.
Let us start each day with Him.