Let me tell you what happened:
In November I tried the 5 O’Clock club for the first time. It was really great for the first week. Then Malaki got really sick with Croup. We were up repeatedly every night trying to calm his awful cough. It was exhausting. He was sick with that for a good month, then came Thanksgiving-Christmas and all the busyness that comes with the season. I decided to try again in January – when things calmed down a bit.
So I tried again in January. It was really good. Then Cora started to cough and have a runny nose. Awesome. A week later, Malaki had it too. Cora had Bronchitis, and Malaki had Tonsilitis. Neither of them have completely recovered.
Ah, and that brings us to March – and a failed 5 O’Clock Club attempt.
But, alas! I do not write this to disappoint or discourage you. My failed attempt has helped me to see my own helplessness. It has also encouraged me that I still have a desire to be in the Word and spend time in prayer. It’s really been one of the best things that has happened to me (for my spiritual life) in a long time.
Here is what I am doing now: I am trying to be a lot more productive during nap-time. My “plan B” has become my “plan A.” As soon as I get the kids down and quiet I turn on the monitor; clean up the kitchen; turn off the music; get a snack, a drink & my bible bag, and sit down.
The real challenge comes in sitting. I need to have everything at my fingertips or I will get distracted and walk away… never to return.
Just wanted to give a little update and some encouragement. It’s awesome if you can get up at 5am and not be useless all day! I plan on it… someday. BUT – this precious time does not have to be at 5am. Anytime is a great time to seek the Lord. It has to be strategic, it’s not going to just happen (especially for moms of young kiddos). I just encourage you to do it. It will definitely be a blessing to you and your family.