How To Start Your Day – Lessons From A Four Year Old

Morning people, I don’t get them. How is it that they can get up everyday and start their day with no problem? Where as people like me struggle to get out of bed daily. When it comes the hour for me to get up, all I want to do is roll over again. Uggh!

My husband and I are a blended family. He has three sons. I have one son and two daughters. His oldest son has made us grandparents. Twice. He and his wife blessed us with two beautiful grandchildren: Angela and Antonio (Antonio, the youngest of the two, has gone to be with the Lord). Yep! I’m still trying to wrap my mind around being a thirty-something-year-old grandmother. Yet with the blessing that this little girl has been to me, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. She is the reason for my post today.

 

 

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During the past couple of times, Angela has stayed over at our house, upon waking up the next day, I started to notice that she has this little routine that she follows. I noticed it because, as I am trying to lay in the bed to get some extra sleep, she’s running down her list of questions, according to this routine, that demand that I need get up. Even today, because we kept her for another night after Service on Sunday, she came into our room asking these same questions according to her little routine.

Through my observation of her little routine, I have concluded that Angela, at the tender age of four, can teach us all how to start our day. She is teaching me. Here, according to her questions, is how she starts her day.

Angela gets up early. 

She’s four. Of course, she gets up early. I don’t know about you. But I need much prayer in this area. In fact, it wasn’t until just recent that I can say that I have been intentionally doing my best to make this a part of my daily routine. I can still use help in this area. I have to beg God for His strength on this one. Are you an early bird like Angela?

Angela gets dressed. (First question)

“Am I gonna get dre’ essed! (in her country accent that I have no idea where she got it from). I’m a very slow moving person; like a turtle (snail). At times, it may take me after I get up, until noon to get dressed. This, too, is another thing that I have been working on. In fact, I know that I’ve made some improvement because my husband stated to me one time that he didn’t want to mess up my routine. Do you struggle with getting dressed too? Or are you more like my little Angela?

Angela makes her bed. (Second question)

Are you gonna fix the be’eeed? (I’m still trying to figure out that country accent she has) By now I’m sure these are all things that she observes her parents doing in her home. She has taken notice to implement them herself. That speaks volume. I contemplated once doing a post about how I start my day. I was going to include bed making. Honestly, for me, there is a peace that comes to my heart and mind when I know that my bed is made. Sometimes, I don’t get to make it up as soon as I get up because my husband is still resting. It depends on how long he rests. But sooner or later, no matter what time of day it is, I’m making the bed if he hasn’t beaten me to it. Is this a must for you too?

Angela eats breakfast. (Third question)

“Are you gonna cook break’ faaast?” Most people that I know are not breakfast eaters. But according to numerous health studies, breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. I do my best to try to eat breakfast every morning by 7:00 am and before 9:00 am. Yet, because I struggle to get up in the mornings, that doesn’t always happen. By the grace of God, I am getting better, though. How about you? Are you a breakfast person like Angela? Or are you of the most that are not?

 

 

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Making her silly face 🙂

 

 

It’s quite the routine my little Angela has huh? I’m impressed with it actually. I myself am going to add spend time with God. However, Angela’s routine tells me something. It tells me that there is structure going on where she lives. It tells me that she is paying close attention. It tells me that it’s something she wants. Not only wants but expects. And rightly, at her age, I think she should. For her, it is training her at a young age. Imagine that this routine sticks with her throughout the rest of her lifetime here on earth. She will be the very example of Proverbs 22:6.

 

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. 

 

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