Since re-upping for the 5:30 am club, I have found a benefit that previously did not exist. Before when Julie and I got up for our morning time of Bible reading and communing with God, the kids were home-schooled. We would read, pray, shower up and I’d eat and head out for work many times before the kids had risen and started their day.
With the older two in school now, and with Julie’s continued physical troubles, I am the only active member of the 5:30 club in the Miller household. So it is now my job, and my joy to go in and wake up Parker and Mary Paige from sleep and encourage them to get ready for school.
It has been a true blessing to me. To gently rub their backs, kiss their head or their cheek, or make up some dorky wake up song if they seem coherant enough to laugh. I haven’t always been the best nurturer in the family as my wife oozes with nurture and it’s been real easy to let her carry that load.
Even while Julie tries to rest and recover and get well, I still find myself grateful for this trial as now the gentler side of me has been given an opportunity to be exercised in my kids lives. I thoroughly enjoy it, and know there is coming a day when I will look back on these days wistfully and wish they were still here.
So I wake early. Enjoy my Lord. Hear from Him. Talk to Him. And then enjoy my growing children as they wake, prepare themselves and then go out into the world. A reflection of their mom and I, and hopefully a refelction of Christ. Good Days. Thank you Lord.