The earlybird gets the worm, or in this case, a vanilla latte

I’m sorry I’ve been so slow in getting this written, but I am here now to tell you that the 28 day challenge is officially ended and I, my dear readers…….deserve no praise whatsoever!

Looking back over my month of mornings with the LORD, I struggle to believe I did it. That is, until I remember that I didn’t. All the praise should go to the LORD. He’s the one who got me out of my bed, kept me out of bed when every fibre of my being was commanding I get back under the covers, and he created caffeine!

I’ve dinifitely learnt a thing or two from my morning quiet times, they certainly have been sweeter than honey from the honeycomb. And It’s not just me that’s had the benefit, but I’ve been able to pass it on the friends by praying for them, or texting them a helpful verse. It’s been such a blessing to share the experience with my friend Rhian too, and to have an excuse to treat ourselves to a Starbucks as a reward!

The real test of my 5 o’clock club membership is whether or not I carry it on. I’m glad to say that despite my challenge ending on Sunday, my alarm still goes off at 6:45am, and I’m still spending time with my LORD before I face the day. 

I leave you with a Psalm I read the other day that’s been really helpful to me this week; but beware, it begins with a challenge!

Psalm 34

“I will extol the LORD at all times; 
his praise will always be on my lips. 
 My soul will boast in the LORD;
       let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the LORD with me;
       let us exalt his name together.
 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
       he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
       their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
       he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
       and he delivers them.
Taste and see that the LORD is good;
       blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Fear the LORD, you his saints,
       for those who fear him lack nothing.
The lions may grow weak and hungry,
       but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
 Come, my children, listen to me; 
   I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Whoever of you loves life
       and desires to see many good days,
keep your tongue from evil
       and your lips from speaking lies.
Turn from evil and do good;
       seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous
       and his ears are attentive to their cry;
 the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
       to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
       he delivers them from all their troubles.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
       and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
A righteous man may have many troubles,
       but the LORD delivers him from them all;
 he protects all his bones,
       not one of them will be broken.
Evil will slay the wicked;
       the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
 The LORD redeems his servants;
       no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.”



5 Responses to The earlybird gets the worm, or in this case, a vanilla latte

  1. Hi Lowri! Sorry to be very dreadfully off topic – but I found your blog through the “Femina blog party” and I’m feeling terribly compelled to comment and say, “Hey! Bridgend! I’ve been there!” My husband was enrolled in WEST for a while before he transferred to Oxford – so we had a very lovely few days there once. Anyhow – not incredibly exciting to you I’m sure . . . but still very nice to e-meet you.

    Cheers – and keep up the good work!
    Rebekah Merkle

    • lowrihafi says:

      Hi Rebekah, thank you so much for your post!

      I love that the Christian world is so small! Are you ready for this ……… I work at WEST!!! The charity I work for is based here in the Bible College! If you visisted the bookshop on the campus you were a few meters away from my office. So yes, very exciting indeed!

      I’m really enjoying Femina, there are so many great blogs out there (as the blog party proved!). I must also tell you that I have known about Amoretti for a little while and ADORE the clothes! They are so beautiful, they make me wish I was 6 years old again! Have you ever thought about doing grown up clothes?

      With Christian sisterly love,


  2. Hi Lowri – how funny is that?! I’m afraid that I don’t remember if I went into the bookshop . . . but Ben definitely remembers that he did. I, however, spent a good long stretch of time out on the grounds, waiting for Ben to get out of a meeting, trying to keep all the children occupied – they climbed trees I think.

    (And you never know – I just may make bigger clothes one of these days!)

    Say hi to Kerry Orchard for us!


  3. Toby says:


    I should be doing other things, which makes me feel a little bit yacky for my actions, but I have read your early bird and worm posts with assiduity. (I was amused to discover that the worm was a vanilla latte-who would you have thought that 28 days ago?)

    I especially liked your Jeremiah-referencing blog post, I identified with that one. I am even more prone to be very sneaky (even downright deceitful) with myself when I am not in full control of my consciousness.

    Your recounting of your 28 day experience has spurred me on to be a little more [efficient is the wrong word, but I mean something along these lines, or perhaps diligent] with my quiet times, picking up on a few helpful things you said. The face-washing first thing is a good practical one for me especially, I waste time about it when I do it later and cold water has refreshing effects too (for so God makes it).

    I believe you shall be made mention of at around 7:20am tomorrow morning. Thanksgiving and petition for extra-28-day-perseverance are of the order.

    • lowrihafi says:

      Hey Tobes, thank you for your comment (I so love comments, they make me feel as though people read what I write!).
      I’m really glad you’ve enjoyyed my posts, and that they’ve had the desired effect of spurring you on to do the same. I really wanted to share how much it’s benefitted me to spend time with the LORD, and tell people that if I can do it, anyone can, because we do it in God’s strength not our own.

      Should you wish, I can send you some helpful bible verse texts in the mornings (I too have unlimited texts!) so we can encourage one another?

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