So, I’ve got a kid who gets up at 6:30 on the dot every.single.morning. (And that’s only because her clock turns green at 6:30, so she’s allowed to get up. Otherwise she’d be waking me up at 5:30 every day.) Fun stuff. My energetic girl is most definitely a morning person.
I am a morning person too; I crave the quiet peace of the early morning hours. But, since Emmy is such an early riser, that means I have to be an earliER riser!
Whether you’re an early riser or not, I think the idea of waking up BEFORE your kiddos and not TO your kiddos is pretty important. At least it is in my own life. If I’m up before the kids and have a little time to myself, I’m a much happier mommy all day. If I wake up to a tiny person staring at me from 2 inches away, I am not so happy.
Keeping my mornings sacred is a HUGE part of keeping our home a calm and peaceful. (If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. <– This is a real thing!!) I desperately need that time each day to get in the Word, journal, and write down my plan for the day. I value this time so much that a few months ago, I took a course on how to Make Over Your Mornings, from Crystal Paine. She’s always got such good advice, and I value the way she stays focused and organized. (I learned a lot from her in this course, and highly recommend it!)
A Peek Into My Morning Routine:
First, like Crystal says in her course, a good morning routine really starts the night before, with an appropriate bedtime. I’m a girl who needs a lot of sleep, so I try to be in bed by 9 each night.
My alarm clock is set for 5am each morning, and I try my very best to get up then, and do three things:
- Drink a big glass of water.
- Make myself a cup of tea.
- Get settled into my quiet time chair.
About two years ago I ordered this chair from Walmart that I fell in love with. I’d always wanted a special spot in the house where I could do my quiet time, and this chair was going to be it! I’ve put it in the corner of our home, by a window so I can watch the sun rise, and that’s where I read my Bible each morning. Honestly, having a special spot is such a help for me. I know what I do in that chair, so I’m in the right frame of mind each day to open my Bible once I get there!
What I Use For Bible Study:
Right now I’m in a Bible Study at church that requires homework, but I don’t do that work for my quiet times each day. Instead, I stick with a regular reading!
I follow along with the She Reads Truth app, and find the readings on my phone. I used to get their study packs, but I really didn’t like having all of my journaling notes so separate – one for each study. (Plus they are a little pricey for me.) Instead, I invested in a Journaling Bible, and I LOVE IT.
I use this Journaling Bible each day to read that day’s Scripture. I take notes right in my Bible, since there’s plenty of space, and that way I have all of my notes in one place – right in the Bible that I’m taking notes on! My hope is that one day, it will be full of the things God has taught me, and a beautiful legacy to pass on to my kids.
My Favorite Resources:
- ESV Single Column Journaling Bible – this Bible has been revolutionary for my quiet times. I love it so much.
- Frixion Erasable Pens – they write beautifully and are totally erasable! Plus, they don’t bleed through the paper!
- Bible Cover & Pen Pouch from April @ Marine Parents – April is so sweet and SO talented. You’ll love her etsy shop. Everything is adorable, and you will want it all.
- Sharpie Accent Highlighters – I don’t highlight a ton, mostly I underline, but when I do want to highlight, I only use these highlighters. They don’t bleed.
My Color Coding System:
A few of you asked for more on how I color code my notes in the Bible, so I thought I’d share my little system!
- Purple: Truths about God
- Red: Truths about Christ
- Blue: Truths about me
- Pink: Promises
- Orange: Sins
- Green: Commands
- Brown: Satan & his devices
- Light Blue: Put into practice
- Yellow (highlighter): Favorite verses.
After I do my reading in the Bible, I read the devotion from SRT on my phone app. I so appreciate how their devotions are based in Scripture, not opinion. They really focus on God and what He’s done, rather than focusing on ourselves. I look for both of those things in a good study, and She Reads Truth never disappoints! In fact, they just started a website and app for men too, so my husband and I are reading through the same things each day, which is AWESOME. (Here are a few of my other favorite devotionals!)
My Prayer Journal:
A prayer journal is something I’ve just added in within the last year. I read a few posts on how to create a prayer journal, and set up a basic five-star notebook for all of my prayer stuff.
But, I found that with regular notebooks, I’d accidentally throw them in my bag when I went somewhere that required note taking, or where I’d need to brainstorm. And then, there I am, taking notes on essential oils on one page and the stranger sitting next to me can read all my private prayers on the next page. Um, not a great plan.
Section 1: Prayers – This is where I write out my prayers each day. Just whatever is on my heart, or jumbled up in my head. It gives me such peace to bring it all to the Lord. This is the largest section, by far.
Section 2: Praises – I keep my running list of things I’m grateful for in this section. Practicing gratitude is something I could always be better at. (And something I need a constant reminder about!)
Section 3: Confessions – This is where I am intentional about repenting. That’s a super personal thing, obviously, but I’ll tell you that before I made this a practice, my pride ruled and I rarely found things that needed confessing. (Can we say arrogant?!) I think I heard Beth Moore once say that she asked God each day to reveal to her any areas where she needed to repent, and I’ve started doing the same. It’s humbling and freeing, all at the same time.
Section 4: Others – I have each page in this section labeled by person! It includes all the people in our family and who are closest to me, that I pray for regularly. I’ve also got a few blank pages in the back section for other people who pop up with prayer needs.
Section 5: Verses – This is where I write verses that stick out to me, or that I want to work on memorizing.
Section 6: Notes – This is where I jot down any quotes from the devotional or book I’m reading each day. This is probably my least-filled section, but it’s got some good quotes in there!
Having this organized prayer journal has really helped me be so much more intentional about my prayer time! I really love it, and will definitely be ordering another when this one is filled.
I do try to also throw in a load of laundry, and do a quick 10-15 minute workout in the mornings, before I shower. I’ve printed out a few workouts and laminated them as cards that I keep by my quiet time chair. (You can see some of the workouts I’ve printed off here.) When I’m done with my quiet time, I choose a card and do a quick workout on the ground. On my way to the shower, I throw in a load of laundry to get started while I get ready for the day!
This is an ideal morning. It doesn’t always happen this way, but as I practice and make it a priority, it’s becoming more and more common. (It also helps IMMENSELY that I have two kids who both sleep through the night. Amen and amen.) And when it all goes well, I really am ready to start the day with a great attitude, and a mind focused on what really matters.
Getting a morning routine into place can seriously help calm the chaos in your home. Having that time without ALL THE NOISE from the kids gives you a chance to actually hear your own thoughts and read/pray uninterrupted.
Can you imagine? That’s worth waking up for, my friends!
Do you have a regular morning routine in your home? What do you do when you wake up?
Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you our daily schedule and what I use to plan my days – including the tool that’s made ALL the difference for me!!
What systems do you have set up in your home? Do you think this strategy would help calm your chaos?
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