Would you like to know what my morning time with God looks like? Well, it started with a seed strategically placed by God in my heart. God has caused it to grow in every season.
An older, wiser woman once told me, “People who wake up early have an extra half a day on everyone else.” When I first heard it, it annoyed me. The more I ignored my alarm clock (or didn’t set one altogether), her words echoed in my head. I think it was God’s way of putting a fire under my rear!
Finally, I started trying to wake up early to seek Him. It wasn’t until I joined HelloMornings years ago that I actually had the support system to make it into a habit. (My husband even contributed. See the photo below? He put that basket together for me for Christmas. It brought tears to my eyes!)
It is my privilege to share how God has been working through each specific season of my life over at HelloMornings. I explain how I seek God with kids underfoot, keep my heart from being distracted, and how I keep my early morning habit from falling apart. Here’s an excerpt, and I hope you will finish reading over at HelloMornings.
What My Morning Time with God Looks Like
Hi, fellow Jesus-seeker! I am a homeschool mama of two 9th graders (not twins), a first-grader, and a preschooler (my only girl).
I am in ministry as a worship leader and writer. My heart is to disciple women to thrive in Christ and both of these are outlets to do so.
If I had no other responsibilities, I would be writing or creating products all day, and finish the evening off with a chick flick.
What does your morning look like?
6 a.m. is my wake-up time unless I’m dealing with insomnia. Then I’ll sleep until 7 a.m. Fortunately, my kids like to sleep in to at least 7 a.m., so it’s not usually a problem. Bedtime is 9:30/10 p.m. Usually, the last thing I want to do in the mornings is take a shower, so I take one before bed. Then, I get dressed first thing, or I may never make it out of my pajamas!
I’m one of the few people I know that doesn’t like coffee. (My tribe is out there somewhere! 😉) My cup full (or 2) is of Tazo’s Berryblossom White Tea. Breakfast before, during, or after? Yes, yes, and yes. It depends on the life season.
I absolutely keep the same routine on the weekends, or my habit will fall apart!
What does your HelloMornings time look like?
I’ve been doing the sessions since the one following the inception of HelloMornings. My HelloMornings items are clothes for the day, Blue Letter Bible app, THRIVE Bible, journal, current Bible study, Twistables crayons (to use as highlighters), and electric tea kettle and tea basket (if I’m in my bedroom).
Sometimes I’ll put worship music on – Kari Jobe, Desperation Band, Meredith Andrews, Jesus Culture/Kim Walker-Smith, Elevation Worship, Passion.
Three necessities for my planning time: 1) My motto: “Having a plan is good; flexibility is the fluid that makes it flow.” 2) I try to follow the predetermined family routine (a tight schedule doesn’t work for us, but we thrive on routine). After Patti Brown shared her brilliant phone alarm strategy, I use it for my own to move forward in achieving goals. 3) I keep track of all my lists (even meal planning) with the amazing AnyList app.
I’ve shared some of what my morning time with God looks like. What about yours?