Quiet Times in the Morning

Yesterday, I didn’t work. I sort of talked myself out of it after waking up at 6 like normal and lying in bed for 40 minutes, not wanting to get up. “I have so much to do today—maybe I could spend some time with Jesus, even!” And not receiving a call by 6:30 let me know there were no music jobs available. So I turned my phone on silent and went back to sleep. Yesterday, I got to hang out with some roommates I hadn’t hung out with in a while because our schedules are opposite, I got to spend a good hour and a half with Jesus, in his word and journaling, and I got stuff done! I had dship with Janae yesterday, and I was telling her about my longer time with Jesus. When I was in college, I woke up at 6, had a quiet time while eating breakfast, went and practiced percussion stuff in the band room for an hour, all before the band room had class at 8am. I was nuts, and wouldn’t be able to do that again. “It’s not like I’m going to wake up at 5am every day.”

And then. This morning (Wednesday, the 4th). I woke up at 4:53am. I looked at my clock, groaned, and turned over. But I didn’t fall back asleep. Actually, I was pretty wide awake. Suddenly, I remembered my words: It’s not like I’m going to get up at 5am every day. I rolled over. “Okay, Jesus, I hear you,” I thought real loud as my roommate rustled in her bed in our shared room. She got up to pee, and I sat up to get up. “What are you doing?” she asked me. “Getting up,” I said, taking my phone off the charger. “Anna…it’s 5am.” I stood up. “I know.” And so….I got ready for the day early and spent a longer time with Jesus over breakfast. On normal work mornings, I read a devo and have to run. But this was great. I’ve been going through Proverbs, and although I have tried before, I feel like I’m being spoken to like never before in that book. (I’ve only tried to read it one other time. It’s repetitive and boring. Or is it?) I even called in to see if there were jobs available, even though they probably wouldn’t have called me for another hour, if they even would have. So I worked at an elementary school today as an EA or a para or whatever you call those people who work with kids with special needs and/or do the “extra” tasks of the building. Some of the kids even remembered me from when I was at that same school filling in for their music teacher. I digress.

I like morning quiet times. Starting off the day with Jesus is like waking up to a pleasant thought or a great song. Okay, so I’m a morning person and like waking up to good music. So, like a good song playing on the radio after you’re ready to wake up? I don’t even know how to describe. Dr. Wile E. Coyote was once telling me of this podcast he listened to about tithing our firstfruits. Morning quiet times are like giving the firstfruits of our day to God. And, frankly, my whole day goes better when I start it by thinking of eternal things and not myself or my to-do list. Sundays are the first day of the week, and most church services are Sunday morning—the firstfruits of our week. We all know about the firstfruits of our paycheck. That’s not even up for argument. But tithing our time? In this way-too-busy world, that’s a crazy concept. But doesn’t it make sense!?

I know that not everyone is a morning person, and that’s okay. (We just have to respect that, and follow set rules to not sing VeggieTales songs until after 9am or to wait until an alarm has gone off to start chattering.) I know people who have quiet times right before bed, after they’ve had a long day and just need some Jesus or in the middle of the day, when they actually do have time. Last week, I told Janae that maybe we should start praying or having our quiet times in between the snooze button. I did it once. I mean, it helped me wake up, but it wasn’t consistent and so not what I needed. I was still in my sleep-position, after all. I don’t know if the 5am thing will fly long-term, but I’m taking a long weekend (substitute teachers can set their own schedules and do stuff like that), so I’ll worry about it later. 😉

When do you spend time with the Lord in your day?

Peace,

Anna

A Random Blog Update About Not Much

I felt it was time for an update.  How am I, you ask?  Busy.  Very busy.  So busy that it has had me freaking and panicking and not being able to do anything because there is so much.  I admit, I was kind of in a funk, a spiritual funk, more specifically, before Fall Getaway (which was last weekend).  I had a bad attitude about it all around.  But you can’t ignore God or push him aside at a God-centered conference.  I learned a lot, but God really picked me up and put me back where I was supposed to be.  He affirmed my career choice, which I was very grateful for, and I realized that even if I have a ton to do, if I don’t consciously MAKE time for him, my day won’t go well and I’ll find myself in another funk.

 

So, I’ve been trying to take charge (with God’s help, of course) of my ever-busy schedule. I surrendered my schedule to God, because I was just making a mess of myself.  As many of you know, I LOGGED OFF Facebook for an unknown amount of time.  And the other morning, instead of going on Facebook before class like I always do, I PRACTICED for my lesson that was that day and I finished up some homework.  I’m re-disciplining myself to not be on the computer so much in a procrastinating-type-fashion.  Facebook will come back when I finish figuring that out.

 

I’m really excited for a number of reasons.  Here comes a list:

1) Tomorrow (Saturday), I get to sleep in.  And that hasn’t happened for a little too long.  (Yeah, I have a ton of homework, too, but I have nothing else to do all day!  Woo-hoo!)

B) Next week is homecoming week at Augie!  Don’t ask me who the football team is playing because I don’t care enough to find out, typically, but Viking Varieties is featuring the Percussion Ensemble as an awesome act, and I’m supper excited that we’re participating this year!  Fyi…if you’re here, or within a six-hour radius, you should consider coming. Performances for the public are Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 9:15pm (student night at 11pm), Saturday at 7 & 9:15 pm, and Sunday at 2pm.

Choo-Choo Train) The Augie Orchestra (of which I am timpanist for this year) is performing with Kansas on Friday night at the Paviliion at 7pm!  It’ll be pretty awesome, but I’m sorry that there are basically no tickets left.  The Orchestra is also performing on Sunday at the homecoming service at the Elmen (NOT the Kansas music…sorry).

Net) I can actually PLAY the cornet and the horn!  My prof noticed improvement from my cornet playing test to my horn playing test.  Trombones next week…(!?)

Funf) God is just so awesome.  I’ve been seeking him a lot this week, and I haven’t fallen into freak-out or panick-mode all week!  Well, not for long periods of time, anyway.  I rate this past week as status = awesome.  I’ve been SEEING him work and it is just SO COOL to witness it!

 

I hope you all are doing well!  Sorry for nothing really interesting.  I just wanted to write and this is what popped into my head.  More later.  Something different.  I know not many people read my blog, but I’m grateful for those of you who do!  (Even if it’s just sympathy or an “I’m bored” read through…).  I love you all!

 

Ever smiling, Anna =)^2

A Trying-To-Sleep-But-Can’t-So-I’m-Writing Poem

Sometimes, when I can’t sleep, I’ll just write.  Here is last night’s result.

Written 9-26-11, Anna Olson.

 

Sleep does not want to be found by me,

So I pick up a notebook and pen, thinkin “we’ll see.”

I do not have a particular topic tonight,

But I guess whatever pops in my head, I’ll write.

 

Why is it no thoughts are coming?

And now, only to see what rhymes?

I did not think I was tired at all,

But my body and my brain don’t agree sometimes.

 

I am not consistent,

No, not tonight.

But if I were consistent,

Maybe I’d know what to write.

 

I guess this is code for

GO TO SLEEP!

I just didn’t realize it or

maybe I’m starting to.