Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Wake Up Call

My alarm goes off at six o'clock most mornings. This morning I was awaken at five. It wasn't one of those days when I wake up, see what time it is, and then go back to sleep. I was fully awake. I knew God wanted me to get up and spend some time praying. I wanted to "quickly" check my email because I have been having issues with my blog loading with Mac users. It appears my cute little counter from NeoWorx was slowing down and causing script errors. I had emailed them to find out what can be done. Besides it would only take a second to check.

There was the email I was waiting for. They suggested I just not use one of the special skins (background picture) to see if the issue resolved. After playing with it and getting no where fast, I decided I should go and pray. I realized I had spent the first twenty minutes of my day working on this stupid computer issue.

Needless to say I felt convicted that I just didn't go pray first. I've been asking God to transform and change me from the inside and believe me He has been working overtime. So I asked forgiveness for not obeying His gentle reminder to pray this morning right away.

After I finished praying, I went upstairs and took a second look at changing my map. It took literally two seconds to remove the skin. It still has not solved the problem my Mac friends say, so I might be saying goodbye to my cute little counter if NeoWorx can’t resolve the issue.

Note to self; when God wakes you up, pray first.

© Nadine Z. 2008

21 comments:

Tom Zawacki said...

I have had this very same experience. It amazes me how quickly and easily distracted I can become with the stuff of life when what I most need to do is spend time with Him. Thanks for the reminded.

I love you,
Tom

Shionge said...

I am just amazed by the energy exude within you Nadine, I have a lot to learn from you :D

Cherrye said...

How nice! I love your little reminders. Thanks, Nadine.

Scarlet said...

That's happened to me, too, when I feel overwhelmed w/ work and responsibilities. I feel I have no time to pray, but when I make time anyway, I find I have more peace, energy and time. What's up with that?? Prayer really works!

Louise said...

Great reminder to pray first then do the 'stuff'.
Hugs to you, you are beautiful inside and out!!

Debz said...

Oh I can relate to that! I've been awaken before. Yup I agree, pray first.
"Gentle nudges"

jennifer said...

Thank you. Your words are so encouraging, and YES. I need to start my day with prayer. I forget because I am NOT a morning person. Maybe through prayer, God would change this! Jennifer

Kate said...

Hi,
Thanks for leaving the note. I am swamped and falling behind even. I haven't had much time...but then, I haven't spent the first part of my day in prayer either. That's a very good idea...and under normal circumstances, something I do regularly; however, I think I have failed lately due to this crazy life, and am truly convicted.
Here's a sum:
Niece (24) had simple surgery; Doc messed up; Niece filled with bile; Auntie (that's me) is caring for her & her baby; sister ended up in ER; Auntie to the rescue for her 2 boys; school; work; church responsibilities; stressed; put on 8lbs; had a few "special moments;" and have never been so tired in all my life. Infinate Kudos to mom's...I have no idea how they do it!
Thanks for thinking of me...many blessings to ya. I'll be back in the swing of things soon.

Dedee said...

I think I need to put that up on a big poster on the ceiling above my bed, for all the times when I've awakened and wondered why and thought of the good I could do and then went back to bed.

Thank Nadine

Sandy said...

Hi Nadine - oh, I struggle with this too. I usually get up and run (with partners) then come back for quiet time. Sometimes the ocmputer wins over that time - not good! Great post!

Strider said...

Good post. The better we "know" God, the more we can see how we really need His strength just to do the simplest acts of worship. But, no worries mate! God knew you'd do that anyway and used it to again remind you that you really need Him for everything. Thanks.

Demara said...

That is a great reminder, thanks for it!

Penless Thoughts said...

Good reminder!
Susan

the160acrewoods said...

it's amazing how we get nagged to do what we should have done in the first place! hope you get the skins figured out!!!

Erin said...

That was a great reminder and now I know one of the many reasons why I've been missing you so much...your wisdom and insight. You are such a gem, Nadine!

Keshi said...

lovely post Nadine!

but I dun pray daily as in sit in front of a shrine etc...I think God knows that my prayers come thru my deeds.

HUGS!

Keshi.

Tammy said...

A great reminder, Nadine!!! I get easily distracted, too...and then end up wasting so much time!
Starting the day with prayer is so important! Most days, at least right now in this season of life, I have to whisper a just a short prayer and have my longer "alone" time later on...but even a short prayer helps me so much!

Shadraq said...

I've noticed that the first time he does this, I don't listen either. But he is kind and gracious to give us more chances.

I'm glad to see that you and I are working on this same issue at the same time. It's nice to have company :)

Karolee said...

Wow - great post! I have been sleeping in late because of my late nights with the SOM. This morning I woke up early and had a wonderful Quiet Time.

eph2810 said...

Amen to that, Nadine. I usually sleep through the night, but sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I know that it is His prompting. Although I don't know what to pray - He does :)

Stacy said...

I've had this happen too. Its amazing how quickly I can use up a significant amount of time online and not get anything significant accomplished.