Monday, March 28, 2011

New Look + Some Inspiration

Hello friendlies,

Like my new header? I felt like it was getting a little too cluttered all up in here, so I scaled down just a bit. And I didn't like that right when you click on my page, you have to scroll down because the header was massive. Rookie mistake. So it's skinnier now and a little more mod.

I also read this article this morning and it was very fitting for my current state of being. It moved me and stirred this restlessness in my heart. It stirred the pot of complacency I so commonly sulk into due to routine, comfortability and lack of motivation. It's long, sorry. But it's so good.  

The 5AM Club
by Nicole Whitacre
The 5 O'Clock Club is a Mahaney-family club. Mom is the founder, chairman of the board, and the secretary. Without her, there is no club. This club has very few members (only six); no chapters to speak of. It is extremely unpopular from about 5-6 each morning and very popular every hour after that.

The 5 O'Clock Club is all about The First Habit of the Highly Effective WomanShe Rises Early. In fact, Mom would say that this practice BY FAR has been the most helpful in seeking to fulfill the other six practices on the list. I wholeheartedly agree.

The 5 O'Clock Club began a few years ago while Mom was writing Feminine Appeal. The only way to meet her deadline was to get up at the insanely early hour of 4:00 a.m. Then, when we were writing Girl Talk, I reluctantly joined the 4:00 club. That was painful. When the books were finished, Mom realized that all that extra early-morning time could be put to good use for her family. And so the 5 O'Clock Club was born.
Every morning, Mom wakes up at about 4:30 a.m. She makes her coffee and then she makes phone calls—to the Bradshaw, Chesemore, and Whitacre homes. We all answer in our groggy voices—“thanks, Mom” and then roll out of bed sometime between 5:00 and 5:30.

I have to say for the record, that after Mom, Janelle is the most consistent member of the 5 O'Clock Club. This should give women around the world hope for rising early, because until this past year, Janelle would have been the champion sleeper of our family. If Janelle can do it—anyone can.

So why should you join the 5 O'Clock Club? For starters, getting up early ensures you get a quiet time each day. If you have children, you know that “quiet time” after they are awake is something of a misnomer. If you work a job or go to school, being on time is usually non-negotiable. Waking up late means your quiet time is probably the first to go.
Referring to Bible reading and prayer, John Piper says: “I earnestly recommend that it be in the early morning, unless there are some extenuating circumstances. Entering the day without a serious meeting with God, over his Word and in prayer, is like entering the battle without tending to your weapons.  The human heart does not replenish itself with sleep.  The body does, but not the heart.  We replenish our hearts not with sleep, but with the Word of God and prayer.” 

^^^Opinions, two-cents, questions and ramblings are welcome. And go above. Go ahead. Try it.

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