{ It’s 4:30 a.m. }

I set the alarm for 4:30 a.m. this morning.

I can sew, cook, walk and eat with wordy, happy people surrounding me.

But, I cannot write in that busy atmosphere.

Mrs. M asked my husband and I to give a little speech at the family bridal shower tomorrow.  I am supposed to condense 27.5 years of marriage wisdom–my trials and errors and occasional victories–into a concise little devotional talk.

My husband suggested we tag-team. I will speak to the groom, and he will announce to the bride what makes men happy.

It’s a FAMILY bridal shower and all will be G-rated.

In one early tiptoeing trip, I brought everything I need to the kitchen table.

Lots of extra noise and movement would wake people up. 

I don’t want little bodies stumbling into the room, thinking that kitchen noises and illumination equals breakfast time!


At 4:30 a.m. in a quiet house, I feel like I have all the time in the world.

As pictured above, my table is covered with items for the speech-writing plus enough to fill up a day’s work.

So here I sit with coffee at my fingertips and a library of resources within reach:

  1. The Elements of Style (thanks, Sara.) I finished the foreword by Roger Angell and the introduction by E.B. White — surprisingly entertaining!
  2. Hymnal.
  3. Belated birthday card for Sally, ready to write and send.
  4. Springs in the Valley, daily devotional book.
  5. Writing journal.
  6. ESV Bible.
  7. Journible: Psalm 119. (Thanks, Brenda.) 
  8. Cell phone.
  9. Laptop. (Oh yeah….that’s what I’m doing here.  Supposed to write the speech.)

I hear someone stirring.

I’m going to ignore it for now.

© Lisa M. Luciano

Inspiring quotes:

"Purpose is an incredible alarm clock." --unknown

"The early morning should be dedicated to praises; do not the birds set us the example?" --C.H. Spurgeon

"An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." --H.D. Thoreau

"Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious."-- William Feather

"The early morning hath gold in its mouth." --Benjamin Franklin

Word prompt of the day:  ATMOSPHERIC





{ A n c h o r e d }


It feels liberating to say, “I’m the captain of my soul. Unmoored. Free.”

But feelings deceive us.

There is good reason for a ship to have a captain. There’s a good reason for a ship to have an anchor.

What happens when a pounding storm assaults your life?

The answer to that question will tell you if you have an anchor that will keep you from sinking.

Priscilla Owens wrote the Christian song, “We Have An Anchor.” It asks a series of thoughtful questions. God’s Word gives us answers.

  1. Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

  1. Will your anchor hold in the straits of fear?

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” –2 Timothy 1:7

  1. Will your anchor hold in the floods of death?

“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” —I Cor. 15:55-57

  1. Will you anchor safely by the heavenly shore?

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” — John 14:3

 We have an anchor that keeps the soul

Steadfast and sure while the billows roll;

Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,

Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

If you are anchored in Jesus Christ, you are anchored in the perfect place.

“…we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope…” — Hebrews 6:18,19

~ Lisa