It was 3:21 AM Exactly.

I know it was 3:21 AM when I first realized I heard the music this morning.

I was having a dream about blind chickens…which totally makes sense.
And then somehow the theme song to Jay Jay the Jet Plane overtook the tragic atmosphere.
Eventually I woke up enough to realize that I really was hearing music and picked up my alarm clock–

3:21 AM.

I stumbled down our hallway and saw light streaming from under our 3-year-old’s door.
Cracked the door open just a bit and found–
Lydia dancing with Minnie Mouse to her Jay Jay the Jet Plane music CD.

Toys everywhere.
Clothes stripped off.
Music blaring.
Minnie showing off her moves.
Big smile.

Lydia said: “It’s WAKE UP TIME !!!”

I said: “No. It isn’t.”

Okay, maybe I should insert…

I said, (with a growl).

All that aside, I had a difficult time going back to sleep.
Which honestly isn’t like me.
Usually I can sleep anywhere, anytime.
I’m the perfect kindergarten-nap-mat-candidate.

And so as I lay there wondering about blind chickens and such.
I decided to use the time for prayer.

And it was just a sweet time for me to talk with God.
And to listen.
And to remember in the wee-hours-of-Labor-Day-morning,
That prayer is labor.
And it changes me.

“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.”
― William Nicholson, Shadowlands

So on this Labor Day (after an afternoon of family-friend-kickball and picnicking in the park),
I don’t want to miss the opportunity to tell you about my friend Rachel’s book–

The Sensational Scent of Prayer


It was free today and it will be free tomorrow on Amazon.
48 hours to gain a resource to encourage and enhance your prayer life.

And Rachel is a kindred spirit…
One of those with whom I felt an immediate connection.
We both write for The Better Mom and she will be one of my roommates at a writing conference I plan to attend in October (Lord willing).
I love her and I don’t want to miss the chance to pass along her offer.

Happy Labor Day to you…and may God bless your labor of prayer.





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  1. You are too much. Bless you and bless all the 3:21 am mamas who are with us and get it. :)

  2. PS: nice rooster!

    • Thank you :)
      He’s not ours…he’s a rooster-in-law.
      Ours took a long walk and never returned (we’re not allowed to have roosters within city limits) :(
      Maybe that’s why I’m having nightmares about blind chickens.

  3. I downloaded yesterday! Thanks for the heads up! Hope last night was better. :)

  4. Carissa @ Sole Sisters Running says:

    I have never found one of my kids be up in the middle of the night playing. That’s pretty hilarious. Thanks for the reminder about using middle of the night wake ups for prayer. I’ve been waking up a lot at night and now I will be mindful of using it as a way to connect with the Lord.

    • Ha! :)
      Yep…welcome to my world.
      Actually it has only happened once before…when Colson was 3 and we were sound asleep and awoke to BLARING– “Welcome to Penguin Audio Classics Call of the Wild” Nothing like a classic at 3am.
      See you in the morning!

  5. Love this – it was as if that early wake up call was for your soul. Love that you took that time to pray, good lesson for me!


  6. Kara, it’s awesome and inspiring that you turned to prayer in the wee hours and in the middles of frustration:) I downloaded Rachel’s book, too!

    • Thanks Mandy.

      I thought about the blind chickens for a while before turning to prayer :)
      BUT–I’m fully convinced that praying for three-year-old-hearts is about the only thing I can do. Praying His wisdom and obedience into her little heart.
      Thanks for downloading Rachel’s book…hope you enjoy it!

  7. Denise Oldham says:

    Bless you.

  8. Jelli @ Jellibean Journals says:

    Haha! I was almost expecting a tragedy when I read your post title at We are that family, but so very glad to see that it was only a dancing toddler. How cute! Will be sharing this book information via Twitter. Hope it blesses many a woman!

    • Thank you Jelli…your blog name totally makes me smile :)
      Sounds like a happy place.
      Our toddler-issues often involve candy :)
      Hope you enjoy the book…Rachel is a wonderful writer and her heart for God is encouraging to me.

  9. Living Waters by LeAnn says:

    What a fun post. I loved what you little one did; but that time in the morning I would have growled too. I loved that you took the time to pray. I love that you took the time to connect with your Heavenly Father when you couldn’t fall back to sleep. Sometimes the early morning hours are the best to receive answers to your prayers.

  10. Rebecca Bozarth says:

    Been laboring in prayer over something with Alicia, this blog was encouraing. Thanks Kara.

    • Those heartaches over a child…they are the cause of so many of my middle-of-the-night-prayers. I’m so thankful this was encouraging Becca.
      Praying you’ll hear His whisper clearly for direction/wisdom if it’s needed or for peace as you wait. Love, K

  11. Shoot–I missed it. Sounds really good. Prayer is what works to change things!
    Also, the 3:21 music reminded me of living in a Muslim country during Ramadan. That’s about the time the guy parades through the streets banging on a drum to wake everyone up so that they can eat before the sun comes up. Then he comes round in the day to collect money for his services. I refused to pay for the dubious pleasure of being woken up in the middle of the night, but at least sometimes, I prayed. Sometimes my thoughts were less than charitable, I’ll admit.

    • Are you serious???
      3am drum roll…I’m pretty sure Lydi would love that.
      I’m about ready to pay her to stay in her bed (great parenting–right?) :)

      The book is great…and should still be on Amazon, but now you get to pay…but at least it would be for something you wanted :)

  12. Came here from God incidences…Oh, I love this post!! The image of your little girl dancing at 3 am.made me laugh out loud. Your using the wakefulness to pray resonates… – Pam, Apples of Gold,

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