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Why I Became a Morning Person

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I wasn’t always a morning person, but somehow over the last two years I have changed that…and now the morning is my favorite time of the day. I mentioned yesterday that 2013 was a big year for me…it was the year that I decided to really make time for the things that matter. For me the first thing I wanted to do was to have consistent time in Scripture. I had struggled for years to have a routine of being in Scripture. I would do good for months and then I would get off track. Then I would be consistent for a week or so, and miss a few days.

So becoming a morning person was a conscious choice, and then I grew to love it. Now mornings are my absolute favorite part of the day. My morning provides a good foundation and a fresh start for my day. I am super lucky that Stella is not a morning person, so I usually am able to get a good head start on my day before she wakes up…and I don’t have to start at 5am.

Things have been a little different the past few weeks as we are adjusting our routines to a new city and a new season of life, but here is the basic routine that I have been using over the past two years.

I usually wake up around 7am. I don’t usually set an alarm though, so the time can vary from day to day. I like to grab my Bible and my journal right away. I am usually studying through a book of the Bible, so I just pick up where I left off the day before. I read until I am full, and then journal about the passage. Then I try to spend some time in prayer, and getting organized with my planner for what is ahead for the day. If I still have a bit of time, I try to spend a few minutes reading whatever book I am currently reading.

Some mornings Stella stays asleep for my whole routine. Most mornings, she wakes up right in the middle of it. For me, that is ok! Sometimes it means I have to be a bit more flexible, like taking a break while I get her breakfast, or put a movie on for her. Sometimes it means moving to the front porch or kitchen table. I always try to keep going though. I think it is a good thing for our kids to see us in the Word. Stella is great about occupying herself quietly most days, and sometimes if Jeremy is home, he will take her to let me have a bit more time in The Word.

Becoming a morning person has been a mixture of being very intentional about my time in the mornings, and giving myself lots of grace…because some mornings things just don’t work as smoothly as I would like. But, I have realized the more that I have implemented a morning routine that it becomes just that…more and more routine each day. The more I do it, the less days I face distractions.

I would love to hear about your morning routine, and how you keep your day organized!

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I am so not a morning person but would love to be. Thank you for showing me it’s possible!

Honestly, I needed to read this. I usually sleep in till I have to get ready for work. This is inspiring me to wake up earlier to spend time with God. Thank you for this encouraging post. Have you heard of The Peony Project? This would be lovely to share with the other ladies :)

Caitie Sheppard

I love this post, Kristin! I’m on this journey too…. ;) Do you go to bed earlier to get up earlier or do you have a secret “energy potion” to help you get through the day? We’re getting to bed around midnight and I don’t function very well unless I have 7-8 hours. Just wondering… :D MISS YOU!!! *hugs*

Lauren Metzler Washer

Mornings are my favorite time of day, by far! I’ve always been a morning person, though, so it has come a little easier for me. Kids have certainly changed the length of time I have, but I agree with you that they need to see us in the Word, that we’re making it a priority. I get up at 5, grab my coffee and sit in my chair. I journal about life first, then read a passage (same method as you) and then journal about what I read. I also read a Proverb, then usually an excerpt from Voices from the Past. When I found myself feeling ‘in a rut’ after doing the same thing for several years, I started using Saturday and Sunday mornings as my time to read a book other than the Bible, but one that points me to the Lord. This has been a great way for me to keep my devotional time in the Word alive.

Emily Cole

I have a similar routine. Like you, I’m in a state of transition at the moment and so it is vital to get that time in the Word before my day gets started. I have a 2 year old and have to stop sometimes, too. But I love that she sees me having time with the Father. Keep it up, girl! You are inspiring!

Regina Collins Simon

Rise at 5:15 (weekdays), make my bed, shower and sit in comfy clothes while sipping coffee and having quiet time in my Bible. Get dressed, put my face on, make my hair less crazy and try to get out the door by 7:15. I am ready when I have had my quiet time. I do like mornings, the quiet of the house, the sun coming up, the birds chirping. It’s difficult for me to sleep in, but when I do, I don’t feel bad – I know my body must need it.

TerrellRhea—Searching the Scriptures

I have a love hate relationship with mornings. I love mornings but I hate getting out of bed. Since launching my new site, I need to be more intentional about getting up early so that I have time to work on blog stuff before heading off to work.

Kimberly Davidson Campbell

Thank you for this. I’m going to have to make this change too because my husbands work schedule. So, I look forward to it. And thank you for the challenge of letting our littles see us in the Word. Even though my two are 2 and under, it is still so vital! :) And I need to not mind the interruptions – have a Spirit-focused response!

notice the little things

love how you write about “becoming” a morning person. i never thought it was possible. slowly but surely i am getting there and my routine sounds similar to yours {and now i have your prayer journal to help in my journey}. i have to set an alarm in order to wake before my kids. they are ACTUALLY morning people. i pretend to be. what i do for study varies, but it is always Jesus centered. sometimes it is reading through proverbs31 devotionals, sometimes praying a rosary novena, sometimes the first 5 app. other times i try to listen. the main thing is doing this FIRST, before i open facebook, start a blog post, or check instagram. i like how you speak of this being intentional. for a long time, i avoided this time with the excuse that i am NOT a morning person. but like you said, anyone can be a morning person if they make that choice. and i think Jesus helps a little too. i also like how you said you continue, even when your daughter wakes. sometimes this is hard but it’s a great reminder about the importance of setting an example for our kiddos. i look forward to reading more of your posts!

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