Wake up! –

The school year is in full swing, the clocks are set back, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and I’m still having trouble staying awake. You see, I fell into the habit of sleeping in over summer break and now that school is back, I have to break that habit.

My family and I have waited for the time change to begin in order to correct our schedule, and now that it’s here… well, we have no more excuse. As a result, I’ve been going to bed earlier and waking up to the sound of my blaring alarm block. I’m not too fond of that alarm clock. It beeps something horrid and even puts me on edge some mornings as it broadcasts its wake up call. It’s a bellowing call to action, but I think I’d rather stay here in the warmth and comfort of my bed…

Of course, give it a week or so and I’ll be used to this new schedule. I won’t groan nearly as loud when the alarm sounds and, if I’m lucky, I may even get back to jumping right out of bed the moment the beeping begins and save myself the trouble of debating my situation.

My Other Alarm Clock –
That isn’t the only alarm clock that’s gone off in my life, though. The second is the wake up call of the truth of God’s Word being revealed to my heart. You see, this wake up call has found me in the warmth and comfort of my own desires and just like with my actual alarm clock, I’ve been tempted to press that all-too-convenient snooze button and continue on in my own way.

But as I lay here and listen to the undeniable truth, I know that I cannot remain in “bed.” I have to let go of my comfort and rise to meet the wake up call of my Savior. It’s time for action. I know what I have to do. His words still ring in my mind. “Follow me.”

Keep an eye out for my next post, A Call To Abandonment, as I discuss the details of this wake up call and establish a plan of action.
In the mean time, what wake-up calls have you had recently? Is there something that the Holy Spirit has been revealing to you as you study the Word? How has this affected the way that you are living out your life? Leave your comment below! I love to hear from you!
-Rachel Allison


  1. Joy says:

    Great post! I was really looking forward to this one. =)

    I’ve had several wake-up calls these past 4 months, and looking back at the time before and the time now shows me how vastly my life has changed as a result of “waking up”. First, as you know, I’ve had to let go of a great relationship in order to give my whole self to God and spend this season before marriage completely focused on Him. Second, I’ve started blogging. That might not sound like a huge call, but the desire to find more means to reach out to more people about the gospel, to encourage brothers and sisters I haven’t even met yet and to show forth the grace of God to those who haven’t met Him yet, was very strong; and I kept feeling the urge, as I prayed, to use my gift for writing that way. Third, since I graduated high school last year, I have been taking a break from school. I’ve always been a huge nerd, so I never thought that would be possible, but the kinds of opportunities the Lord has been providing to serve and to grow since last summer have been amazing. Though I cannot see the whole plan, of course, I can see how they are preparing me for greater challenges in the future, even as a woman and hopefully one day a wife and mother, and that one of GOD. He has called me to lay aside, for now, the projects I was working on, to have me spend myself for others and also to grow closer to Him. His presence has kindled such a fire in my heart, and He has been blessing me so richly!

    I feel like I am entering a new period of calling again as my semester off from school is drawing to an end and as answers to prayers are becoming more clear and I feel the urge to re-start certain projects more strongly. But I’m still praying these things through. =)

    Thank you, RachelAllison. Your thoughts are, as ever, a blessing to me. I continue to pray for you.

    • Thank you, Joy! 🙂 May you continue to be richly blessed as you run this race. I completely understand the feeling of entering a new period…. I see things so differently now than before this wake up call to full devotion. I continue to pray for you as well, and I find just as much blessing in the thoughts from you(:

  2. Melissa Shovan says:

    Rach~ This is a great post! Two years ago I got into the habit of pushing the snooze on my alarm clock. It was the worst habit I got into because I decided (it was my choice) to push the snooze, instead of obediently getting up and spending my time writing and praying and reading God’s Word. This was a big mistake and something that I learned from. Not only did I get complacent, but I lost a closeness with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and it has taken some time to enjoy the sweetness of His presence again in my quiet times with Him each morning. Although I am not always faithful in spending time with the Lord in the MORNINGS, which I am finding out aren’t my PEAK times anymore, I am spending time with Him at other times. Even random times of singing and praying in the car on a long drive or a short drive are some of the best times of intimacy that I have had with Christ. Press on sister! Even through this time change, God will wake you up, when you ask Him and He will bless you for every right decision you make in faith driven obedience. God’s blessing on you. May He keep you and May His face shine upon you Rach!

    • Thanks! 🙂 A closeness to our Lord and Savior is priceless, and yet we take it so much for granted. It is so easy to get distracted by the comforts and desires of this world, and ignore the fact that we, as Christians, owe Him our full devotion. That’s what the next blog post is gonna be about… total abandonment. 🙂
      And I’m already making progress with my physical wake-up call as well… this morning wasn’t nearly as difficult. 🙂
      May God bless you too, Melissa! I’m praying for you! <3

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