Today as I prepared for my Mom's group "Bible Study," which is tomorrow night, the following quote awakened me.
"We are more likely to pray if we set a specific time for prayer. Unlike the sluggard who turns on his bed like a door on hinges (Proverbs 26:14), we set our alarm and rise. Saint Josemaria Escriva refers to this as the heroic moment: 'Conquer yourself each day from the very first moment, getting up on the dot, at a set time, without granting a single minute to laziness. If, with the help of God, you conquer yourself in that moment, you'll have accomplished a great deal for the rest of the day.'"
I must admit I have fallen asleep. I have broken my routine. For two and a half months I was getting up early in the morning and praying and exercising. But, in the past two and a half weeks I have taken to sleeping a little longer. I get up and make everyone breakfast and we sit, say a blessing, and have breakfast together. As glorious as that has been, it is no substitute for where I have fallen down elsewhere. At first I rationalized the extra sleep, because it was the cure for me being sick and rundown. But, I see that I really need to cut out watching T.V. earlier and go to bed so that I can start my day right with the Lord.