Monday, February 1, 2010

Morning Prayer

Accountability is a tricky thing. No one really wants to be held accountable and yet so much more gets done when they are. Myself included. I wish I was completely self motivated and was one of those super-humans who can set a goal of daily activity and just do it. I'm not Nike. I mean, I can set goals and I can get things done . . .don't get me wrong . . . but I know for myself that I need some level of accountability. It's why I love being a business owner with clients and project deadlines--I have to answer to my clients and those deadlines. I'm good under that kind of pressure . . . that accountability.

But beyond work, who holds you accountable for your daily habits and lifestyle goals? If you're married, maybe your spouse? I'd love to know if this is true--if you and your spouse hold each other accountable in a good (non annoying) way? Cuz I think that is SO cool . . . like a real partnership. That's something I dream about . . .

But until then I need to build in other accountabilities. One daily habit I'm TRYING to build is daily morning prayer. I used to be great at this but the last few months I've fallen way short of my goal. I'm not talking about saying a little prayer as I get out of bed or even about listening to a sermon or great message . . . I'm talking about intentional quiet time with God. I find my day goes SO MUCH BETTER when I start with Him. ya know?

So last week, my friend Red and I were lamenting this similar problem (not being consistent with our morning prayer) and we decided to do something radical! And hugely inconvenient! We decided to become each other's Morning Prayer partner. So Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays we'll call each other at 5:30 AM and spend 30 minutes in prayer with each other. Out loud on the phone together . . . we each make our prayer requests, we each pray aloud for each other and lift the other up to the Lord. And then usually I'll stay in prayer for about 10-15 minutes after we get off the phone. It's amazing!

Now even though I'm a morning person, I don't much enjoy HAVING to do ANYTHING at 5:30am. And this morning I really really really didn't want to get out of my nice cozy bed. Oh yes, I really do need to get out of bed for this call so I don't fall asleep on my friend. And in fact, I take notes and journal so I need to be fully awake. And I slept until the last possible minute--I set my alarm for 5:25am--giving myself just 5 minutes to spring out of bed, make a stop in the bathroom, put on my robe, grab my glasses and my journal and be set for the call. And the whole time I'm thinking "I could just pray on my own today cuz I could use some extra sleep .. . " but then Red answered with relief in her voice and said "Oh, I really need this this morning." and I realized that so did I. Sometimes we need that accountability--even for things that are good for us and that make us feel good.

And, can I tell you a little secret? My Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are going MUCH better! "The best part of waking up is Jesus in your cup!" hahaha! That's an inside joke with some other Bible study ladies . . .but it's also true :)

Now I need to get up on my own for the other days of the week.

Oh, and starting this Friday I'm going to try my hand at 6:00am Water Aerobics at the Y! Y? Cuz I'm Crazy! . . . oh and cuz another friend of mine goes and so I have built in (you guessed it) . . . accountability!

Said a prayer for all you Bloggers this morning! May this week be filled with Blessings for you all!


  1. This is a terrific post. I really admire you for seeking out an accountability partner (which is SO important) and to start your day with the Lord.

    Know that you will be extra tired on these mornings because Satan will not want you to spend time with God and he will attack you both. Be strong!

  2. See? Kate reads you too! 5:30 prayer time, and 6 am exercise? You're my new hero.

    Love ya!

  3. Wow, this is so cool. You are totally right, I think the day goes MUCH better when you wake and pray first!

  4. I find that I tend to be accountable for myself-- I'm so type-A that few people can meet my self-imposed "Standards" for myself. I think that bites me in the butt now and then; it's nice to have someone watching out for you, someone to lean on, someone to share with!

    I've always been a bedtime type of pray-er (as opposed to "prayer"); I can't go to sleep without thanking God for the prior day. Maybe I should wake up the same way I go to sleep!

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