When you can’t wake up on an early morning
by Rita Davidson
When I was young, early mornings were not my favorite. Milking calls at 4:30 were a blur for me. (thankfully it was my brothers that went out for that!) Now that I’m older, early mornings are still not a favorite. I was never an early bird, like my mother still is. 🙂
My mother is now 72 and after 30 years of running a daycare she still gets up at the crack of dawn. Two of our boys are early birds too. But the rest of our children either just get up at a regular hour or much later. Having 7 children you realize that some people are early birds and some are not. There was no pattern in our own children that they were all early birds or all not. Some woke up early all the time, others never seen the light of day unless I pulled them from that restful sleep.
I have no idea if there is some science behind waking up early. I bet there is something to be said for the reason. Watch my next article this Thursday that will touch on that, but it’s not a clear shut case by any means.
Anyhow, being homeschoolers, we adapted to our sleepy heads and adjusted our family as needed. But, as you know there are times when getting up early is a must.
I don’t know when I started to do this, but I think it came at a time when we had an early Mass in the morning and I didn’t have an alarm clock. I vaguely remember this being how it started.
Going to bed that night, I just asked my guardian angel to please wake me up at 7:00am (or whatever time I thought was needed to be up on time).
I remember being very uneasy going to sleep in case I slept over. But imagine my surprise to find out I was awake at just the right time the next morning!
Over and over I would do this, when needed. For an early Mass, or for an appointment. Whatever it was, my guardian angel never failed. I would always wake up on time for the next day.
There is no special prayer, no special devotion, no candles to light. Just a firm confidence in your guardian angel and his ability to wake you up.
Maybe try this on a day that’s not so important at first. You know, just in case your guardian angel needs some ‘breaking in’!
Seriously though, our guardian angels are truly our best friends. They watch us crossing the street when little. They watch us even more as we visit with bad companions when a teen. They sorrow over us when we take that first step into sin as a young adult.
They are God’s appointed helpers to us in this life. They see God in all His glory at all times. They care for us in a way we cannot understand. A duty that goes beyond mere duty. What we will thank our guardian angels for at the end of our lives, only then we will know. If you have not ‘met’ your guardian angel yet, try it. Talk to him, and ask him to wake you up at a specific hour. See how well he is able to do this simple task for you. Get your kids to try it and see the gleam in their eyes when they realize they woke up at just the right time with no alarm clock! Oh the wonder that will rise in their hearts to have this happen!
Then be sure to send them to watch over your children when you can’t be there. Thank them for being there for you. Ask them to pray for you in temptation. Go to them when your lonely and sorrowful.
Do not neglect your guardian angel, and he will never forget you. Don’t listen to all the cynics who just give you some scientific explanation for why you wake up. Give the benefit of the doubt to your guardian angel. And if you never have to buy another alarm clock to wake up, I hope you can share with me how you too have trained your guardian angel to be your alarm clock when you can’t wake up on an early morning.
God bless you,
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