I am a morning person. Before having children I was a high school teacher, and I got up at 5:30 every morning to spend time on a devotion, take long showers, drink coffee, watch the news, and just get my mind in order for the day. Jason is not a morning person and was usually asleep during this time, so I had the house to myself. It was a good time for me.
After becoming a mom, my time in the mornings became hit or miss. When the kids were babies, I slept later out of sheer necessity. Now I’m on a pretty good schedule, but I’ll get out of whack during the summer and it takes me awhile to get used to going to bed and getting up at decent hours again.
But, ya’ll, that time in the morning is so important to me. When I hit snooze too many times and sleep too late and end up having to rush around to do what needs to be done in the morning, my whole day is out of whack. That’s why I’m making it the very first post in this series aimed at finding balance in our chaotic lives. If it is at all possible for you to wake up a little earlier in the morning and have some time alone, just some time to get a jump-start on your day, it will make such a difference to you. I’m not saying you have to get up at 4:30 or anything like that (because I think women who do that are a little crazy, but whatever floats your boat), but maybe 6:15 instead of 6:30, anything to give yourself a little extra time.
Here is what I do with my extra time most mornings:
1-Spend some time with God– I keep a book of people I am praying for and things I am praying about. I spend some time thanking God for who he is and for all of my blessings, then I pray through my list, and do a short devotion.
In Isaiah 61:3 Isaiah tell us some of what Jesus wants for his people:
I highly recommend She Reads Truth. You can pay to get the Bible studies on your phone or in book form, or you can go straight to their website to do your studies for free. They have many great devotions to choose from, but I love doing the current one. Knowing that women all over the world are doing the same devotion that day is so special to me.
If you don’t have much time (maybe you pressed the snooze button too many times and you have to lock yourself in the bathroom for your quiet time-not that I ever do this, but it could possibly happen 😉 ), I recommend Christine Caine’s “First Things First” Devotion. She is just a straight-forward, get-it-done type of woman, and when you sign up for this you will get an e-mail each morning with a Bible verse and a couple of paragraphs about the verse. You can read this in just a couple of minutes and it will help direct your thoughts for the day. I read it while I’m brushing my teeth.
2-Start a load of laundry– So, I wouldn’t necessarily say this is something I enjoy doing in the morning, but by having a load of laundry going, I feel a sense of accomplishment. I actually put a load of clothes in the washing machine before I go to bed at night, then set the “delay wash” so the clothes begin washing around 5. After my devotion time I’ll throw the clothes in the dryer. There may be another chore (unloading the dishwasher, etc.) that you would rather get out of the way, but by going ahead and doing something small, you’ll just feel better.
In addition to that, make your bed. It has actually been proven that making your bed will make your day more productive, and actually make you more happy and peaceful! It only takes a second. This is one of my kids’ chores each morning, and they don’t understand why I feel it’s so important, but one day they’ll get it.
3-Work out- I’m going to talk further about this in a later post, but I just want to mention this as part of a good start to your day. To me, the greatest benefit of working out in first thing in the morning is that I don’t get that mid-afternoon slump. I went through a stage where around 3:00 every afternoon, I was getting really tired and grouchy, and I’ve found that working out, even just for 10 minutes in the mornings, solves that problem.
I don’t have time to go to the gym (again, I don’t care to get up at 4:30 in the morning) so I love to find workouts on YouTube.
I’ve also found a new app I’m trying out and I LOVE called aaptiv. More about it later, but if you’re looking for a good workout in the mornings, go ahead and try it out.
So, there are 3 simple things you can do in the morning if you’ll wake up 30 minutes sooner than you are now. You’ll have more energy, begin your days feeling productive, and most importantly, feel prepared to wear your beautiful headdress all day long.