This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! It's a new day, a new chance, a new start. I'm going with God.
Today I did something new to start my day. Well, first I didn't sleep. Anytime I have to get up early for a special event, such as when I sing a solo, I can't sleep. So knowing I had to wake up at 4:30 a.m., I didn't sleep. I was already awake at 4:15 ready to try something new. I ran with a running club this morning. I've run off and on for 20 years, trained for a marathon once; run a half-marathon once; just gone out on the road and run. But ever since I ran my first half-marathon two years ago, I stopped running, gained 10 pounds, and have suffered because of it. One of my goals for a long time has been to run, shower, and have my appointment with the Lord in prayer and in the Word before another soul ever wakes in my house. A tall order for someone who lately has been going to bed at 11:00 p.m. or later, sleeping until 8:00 when my kids wake up, and staying in my pjs half the day.
So this morning, despite not sleeping, I went and trained with a running team at 5:00 a.m. I was home by 6:00 and showered, with belly full and Bible read by the time my husband woke up. It gave me a whole new perspective. It gave me hope. Maybe I will lose these 10 pounds. Maybe I will train again for the Bass Pro Half-Marathon this November. Maybe I will get to know the Lord in a deeper way. I will certainly be more ready for my children to wake up. Maybe I'll accomplish more. Maybe its true; "the early bird catches the worm." I'm exhausted but hopeful.
I read Psalm 34 this morning. This is the part (verses 6-7) that stuck out the most to me: "This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers him."