“With God, all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
I am not a morning person. Parents of toddlers, specifically mothers, are usually tired. Part of the fatigue is mental and part of this is sleep deprivation. Don’t even get me started on the early days with a newborn. I was there in the trenches! I compared it to SEAL school. (I see you, moms of multiples and itty bitties.) I’ve always been one of those people who loves to sleep. If I am given an option I always go to bed and fall asleep early. I love to snuggle in for a snooze. It used to be a small thing until about three years ago I became a mom and my sweet baby depended on me for EVERY. THING. Then I began a routine of waking up to her/for her - out of whack and frazzled.
These days, I despise the grumpy attitude I show my daughter when I am running late or I am hitting snooze when she wants to get up. One day, not too long ago, I heard her say, “BUT It’s morning time, Mom.” And you know what? That struck a nerve. I am ashamed of myself for not planning better and not being a better role model. I want her to see a mother who is joyful and gentle and capable. But she saw a confusing scene. Me at my worst, tired and angry about it, too tired to get up with her and frazzled since I was running late. So I did some digging through the internet and read mom blogs galore. And I prayed.
I am not about to heap guilt on you, dear readers. I am so far still imperfect, overwhelmed at times and filled with a deep need of improvement. I can’t be wise enough, patient enough or loving enough; but “in Christ, I can do all things (Phil. 4:13).” I am also persistently getting up for my life and I have asked God to come alongside me on this practical journey. It’s a routine - one of the many I found on my quest for a more streamlined morning for me and my family. Science says to create a lasting habit you have to repeat the behavior consistently. That is the most common advice I’ve found. Guess what, it works. It’s true. It’s not glamorous but the facts are the facts. So write up a simple routine and execute. Set the alarm and put the clock (or iPhone) on the other side of the room. Drink water, brush your teeth, make your bed. Just check the things off the list and that’s going to make morning easier.
In my search for routines in the morning, I found the single most helpful step is to connect with God. In silence. Before everyone else is up. Ugh. I know you’ve tried this before. I know I have, in different seasons. It has worked at times. But this time I am saying one minute- one minute, one verse - for 28 days or 30 days. Whatever is easy for you to mark off the calendar.
Psalm 143:8 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” If you have a morning routine already, add this verse to it!
Then I add some feet by following a plan. I check a calendar and my to do list. I exercise. Ask yourself Am I consistent in submitting my plans to God? God has already given you a purpose. These are not isolated habits. We are getting ready! Ready and open to respond to whatever God may lead us to do each day. The enemy wants you to believe you are too small and too insignificant when in fact God wants to use you to influence your family and our community. If I am frazzled, tired, and frustrated I am not open to hearing God.
Let’s make starting our day at the feet of our Father, our default. Let’s start our days by asking, How can I bring glory to You today? How can I be a messenger of His mercy? Let’s make living intentionally our habit. Habits do not require much thought. As we develop a habit, that action becomes second nature. Our character is the sum of our habits.
We know that we are created for God’s glory - Isaiah 43:7 “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
We know that we are called to share his love with others - Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
The Bible says that “With God, all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).” Do you believe that anything is possible in your life? Even if you feel unorganized or visionless or humdrum, the fact is that each one of us has something meaningful to accomplish in this world. As long as we live, we have a purpose to fulfill.
Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” We are not just building the habit of meeting with God, we are also being persistent in our pursuit of Him. Let’s do whatever it takes to surrender to Him with a desire to grow our willing heart every morning.
Thank you for calling us to know you more.
Give us discipline and energy to consistently make time for you daily.
Be gracious to us; we long for you.
Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. (Isaiah 33:2)
I pray that today will send me your good word that will satisfy my soul
as I entrust this day and myself to you. (Psalm 143:8)
Shine your light on my path today and make it brighter and easier to follow as the day progresses. (Proverbs 4:18)
In Your Son’s name, Amen
Roberta Smith, Faith and Family Coordinator