A Giveaway for You – Hello Mornings! {Summer 11 :: Week 2}

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(Note from Kat: This is a guest post from my wonderful friend Michelle.)

Hello, friends! I hope you are enjoying your morning retreats so far. Or, at least, the effect they have on your day.

If you’re still working on waking up, don’t worry. Keep going while you begin focusing on the next step.

Step 2: Quiet Time Schedule

As women, we are often the nurturers of our family. Our way of showing love is sacrificial, usually putting our own needs last. We spend ourselves caring for the ones we love, and we don’t mind. (Not even when we’ve changed 847 diapers in one day, right?)

We go to bed tired. But even after waking up, we need to be filled up. Imagine yourself as a vase. You’re much more effective when filled with life-giving water.

Since a vase can’t fill itself, it’s crucial that we spend time with God each morning. He knows just what we need for the day ahead. Out of the fullness we get from Him, we can give to others without being spent.

As a mom, I would love to be the mom who greets my kids with a cheerful smile and shares what I prayed for them each morning, rather than grouching at them as they climb into my bed.

What is your hope for your morning quiet times?

This Week

  • Read pages 6-10 of the eBook.
  • Read Step 2 on page 20.
  • Pages 21-22 are there for you to put your Worship Plan in writing.

Action Steps

1. Select morning worship music.

2. Create or select a Bible study plan.

3. Create or print a prayer calendar.

4. Be quiet and listen.

Online Community

You can connect virtually with over 800 other women waking up early!

Facebook: Stop by the Inspired to Action page for encouragement!

Twitter: Use hashtag #hellomornings to jump in and say “Good Morning!”

Email: Form your own group of encouragers!

This Week’s Giveaways!!

We wear so many hats as moms, so here’s a giveaway that has a little bit of everything to help you out!

Darlene from The Time-Warp Wife has donated an awesome giveaway today! She is the co-author of an inspiring book with Candace Cameron Bure called Reshaping It All

In Reshaping It All, Candace, with the help of Darlene, tells her story, inspiring women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront, making wise choices, and finding their worth in the eyes of God. Candace shares a candid account of her struggle with food and ultimately her healthy outlook on weight despite the toothpick-thin expectations of Hollywood.

This book is not a diet manual, but a motivation for all-around better health, physically and spiritually. There are great Scriptures to memorize for your journey to a healthier lifestyle, and even some yummy, healthy recipes!

Which brings us to the next part of the giveaway! As part of this prize pack, the winner will also get to pick their choice of apron {up to $35 value) from Flirty Aprons! Those are some CUTE aprons!

Thanks so much to Darlene at The Time-Warp Wife for this lovely book and apron giveaway!

How To Enter

There are four ways to enter the giveaway.

1. Leave a comment here and tell us what you’re hoping to gain by “Maximizing Your Mornings.”
2. Tweet this week in the main #hellomornings stream on Twitter.
3. Share an encouragement this week on Facebook.
4. MYM Challenge participants can also enter by interacting with your MYM Accountability Group (via Twitter or Facebook.

We will pick one winner this week to be announced next Friday.

Last weeks winner: Rambling Heather

We want you to stay connected, because we know that community is a huge key to your success!

Leave a Comment



  • Laura says:

    I’m having a tough time with changes with my work and trying to lose weight. I’m trying to get up early to get organized. I know I need Christ more in my life and I definitely need to cook more. This has been such a help for me, but I have slipped this week. I need to get back into it. Thanks for all the comments from my group!

  • Emily says:

    I am hoping to gain peace and perspective for my day.

  • Nicole says:

    I am hoping to gain greater intimacy with God, focus for my day and a “drink” as mentioned above so I can be the wife, mama and woman God created me to be. Thank you!

  • Kim says:

    I am enjoying the accountability groups and keeping me focused on the goal – spending more time with my Heavenly Father. The getting up early part is a challenge, but I am getting things done……….just need a bit more discipline in the wake up time. Hard to do when we are not schooling and on “break” so to speak, so we are all enjoying sleeping in! Thanks for keeping us all on track!

  • melissa p. says:

    i am hoping to gain some discipline and order in my days. i feel it coming…it’s just hard work!

  • Eileen Leacock says:

    I am hoping to regain my since of self and have a more productive day. I have been homeschooling three boys for 8 years and they are always with me and all consuming. With the Hello Mornings I am trying to find time for me and God, so I can continue to give with better priorities in place.

  • Angie says:

    First and foremost, I am hoping to gain a closer and deeper relationship with our Heavenly Father.
    Second, I am hoping that by getting up earlier, I will have a more productive day: taking care of all of the household tasks and raising 4 kids!
    Awesome giveaway!

  • Darlene T says:

    I am hoping to be more loving and compassionate like Him. The One who brings healing. My children and I are in need of so much healing. Our hearts hurt and are broken. I feel lost in knowing what to do. My weight does play a huge part in this. I’m watching one girl move into adolescence and wonder will she have issues with food? I think she will. I want so much, I wonder if I want too much. I want to be a testimony of God’s goodness in our lives. I want to be kind to my children even when my head is throbbing and I can’t see straight. I want to see what the Father sees.

  • Melissa says:

    I’m inspired to get up earlier! My days are so much longer and I really can accomplish more by not sleeping the day away ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sarah says:

    I am learning anew this year. God is teaching me and guiding me, it is good but I don’t like it. I have been a personal trainer and competive runner for…ever. God has been working on me this year about His time and working out time. I failed miserably in a marathon last year and it took me a month to do something again. And when I started I didn’t enjoy it like I use to. He has been showing me that I put all of that above Him and He broke me that only way that would get my attention. This year I am dealing with “it doesn’t matter” and “what’s the point” and “God is first above all”. I have worked through the God first and know the place the activity goes, but now I am struggling to being consistent with activity as the condemnation of “will this matter in 100 years” floats in then when I don’t exercise ” remember how great of shape you were in” sneaks in ahhh!…the BATTLE is already WON I just need to grasp that truth with both hands and BELIEVE it whole heartily!

  • Amanda says:

    I am hoping to gain a closer relationship with Jesus by putting Him first on my list instead of squishing time with him in where I can find it. I want to set a better example for my children of healthy priorities- time with God, exercise and planning. I’ve been doing all right with my study time and exercise, but need to plan better for all of our sakes!

  • Joy says:

    I am hoping to learn the discipline of being consistent with something through this challenge….consistent in getting up, consistent in exercise, and consistent in spending time with God.

  • Ruth says:

    I use to get up early before i had kids. I had a great morning with the Lord and it so made my day better. Lately though that hasn’t happened. I find getting up hard as kids keep me up in the nights and I work lots of night shifts with little or no sleep in between. I want to grow closer to the Lord again and show my kids what it means to have that quiet time. I want them to see that when Mom commits to this time with the Lord that the whole family benefits.

  • I’m hoping to mMYm because I want this summer to be different. I want to make progress toward my goals and become who GOD wants me to be instead of the slouch I currently am. I want to enjoy this summer with my kids!

  • Kimberly says:

    I am hoping to just gain a few minutes of “me” time so that the rest of the day I can keep my focus on my family!

  • april_babies says:

    I need to get into a routine as an example to my kids, and to become a better “home-maker” in the truest sense of the word–making a home for my family.

  • I am looking to increase my time in prayer during my morning quiet time. I have been getting up and reading almost every day for months and am working as an accountability captain this round, but I feel I am missing out on the true morning joy when it becomes about the routine instead of the relationship with Him. Thank you for challenging each of us, no matter what we are working to maximize!

  • Ashley says:

    I’m hoping to mature more in Christ and become more like Him.

  • KJ says:

    I’m hoping to be able to better fill my vase up to better start my days. I so want to be a blessing to my husband and children.

  • Maria says:

    Though I was too late to join in on the community groups, I did print off the Philippians bible study and am following through with that study, as well as getting up in the mornings for the first time in a LONG time. I only have been doing this for 1.5 weeks, and the difference has been tremendous. My family wakes up to a cheerful mother who has taken the time to be “poured into” by our loving Father, and also a mom and wife that is dressed and showered and/or dressed for that morning’s gym appointment. I am not only growing closer to the Lord, but my day is more organized and I have more time and energy to put into my son and husband throughout the day. I am enjoying the Mornings challenge and look forward to continuing it so it will become a habit!

  • Tracy says:

    I want to wake up and feel full and ready for my day instead of waking up to my kids whinning and me being grumpy and depleted before the day even starts. I also want to be an example for my kids and walk His path and its a lot easier for me to do that when I start my day with Jesus!

  • Lollie says:

    What I am hoping to gain by Maximizing my Mornings is actually more about what I want to loose. I want to loose that ‘out of control chaos’ feeling in my home, in my day, in my homeschool. I fly by the seat of my pants everyday. It’s time to end. It’s time to do what God has called me to do:)

  • Elizabeth says:

    She definitely summed up my desire by saying I want to be a mom who greets my children cheerfully and shares with them that I already spent time with the Lord instead of being a grouch while they crawl into my bed. This really shows the difference in me by setting my alarm 20 minutes earlier (I started at 15 and have made it to 20!)

  • I am so grateful I found the MYM challenge. I am hoping to regain some of my peace-of-mind. I found myself starting my day angry and frustrated because I typically was awakened by a grumpy child. But now that I am getting up before he does, I have found that he is not as grumpy in the mornings. Maybe he can sense that I’m more relaxed now?

  • Courtney says:

    Getting up early and “maximizing my mornings” has become essential to who I am as a mom. I need that quiet time with God and to get my head and heart ready before the day begins. I love that my boys think it is normal to find me reading the Bible when they wake up. I hope that becomes a good childhood memory for them.

  • Jill says:

    I want to get a habitual routine in my life that will 1. bring me closer to the Lord, 2. give me happiness, and 3. give happiness to my family.

  • Jill says:

    I tweeted this.

  • Jill says:

    I shared this.

  • Jennifer M says:

    As you said, I am hoping to fill my vase before my family needs me to be that nurturer. It’s already blessing us all!

  • Katie says:

    I’m hoping to be more centered on Christ throughout my day by focusing on Him at the beginning of my day.

  • Amanda Evers says:

    I’ve always been an early riser. I now have three boys age 5 and under so I don’t always get a restful sleep and am finding it hard to focus on my quiet times. My aim is to press through and be authentic, as God knows my struggles and I know if I continue with the discipline, things will get easier.

  • Melissa says:

    I’m hoping to gain from the MYM challenge the habit (“it’s just the way I do things”) of getting out of bed before my boys and having some time to myself. There’s this funny thing I’ve realized — if I get out of bed on my terms, I’m cheery. If I get out of bed on someone else’s terms (I get woken by someone else), then I’m downright grumpy.

  • RaD says:

    I haven’t actually started the maximize your mornings challenge because I just stumbled upon this blog the other day. But I like the ideas and the layout of it and have been thinking about how to incorporate it into my morning routine.

  • Anna says:

    I’ve totally blown it when it comes to getting in bed earlier and getting up earlier this week. BUT, I’ve worked out 3 times this week and I’ve driven to work without the radio on several mornings this week and used that time to clear my mind and and pray.

  • Brookiej says:

    With my hubby being gone for an extended trip, I really need the time with God. As a homeschooling momma, my patience is so important. I have found myself getting short with the girls, and I can trace it back to how much time I spend focusing on taking time first thing in the morning. I hope to use this time in the mornings to spend time with God & eventually add in my exercise!

  • By maximizing my mornings I hope to start my day off refreshed and ready for the day with my kids rather than frazzled and behind.

  • Katie says:

    What a great giveaway!

  • Kathy in IN says:

    I’m hoping to gain peace and be closer to God in my MYM.

  • Betty says:

    I’m hoping to gain a closer relationship to God. Have received some “tsks, tsks, watch it girlie” from the Holy Spirit while reading for MYM this week

  • Mel says:

    I’m hoping to savor my time with God first thing in the morning instead of checking it off my to-do list as I fly through it in the afternoon…or evening…or at bedtime.

  • Kari says:

    I want to thank you so much for doing this challenge. I’m focusing on just forming the habit right now. Not losing weight (which I need to do) but just making it a habit to get up at 5:30 and be alone with my Jesus. My prayer life has already become more faithful and I’m a Prayer Wimp!!

  • Sarah says:

    I am hoping that I’ll be able to actually get out of bed (a huge step!) and let God fill me for the day – I need His strength so much!

  • Betsy says:

    I am hoping to daily have a refreshed vision and focus on my ministry as a mom.

  • Jill Garcia says:

    MYM has already been an encouragement to me in many ways. I really hope to gain insight on how to continue in a “schedule” where my relationship with the Lord is 1st and not 2nd to my family. I am also realizing that when I have my time with my Savior before my kids wake up, I am a MUCH better mommy and wife!

  • Elizabeth W says:

    My house is a bit chaotic at the moment. I think this morning time regain control of my household honestly.

  • andrea says:

    I hope to grow closer with God and gain control of what He has for my day.

  • Joyce says:

    My hope is to reconnect with my Father and grow strong in my faith in Him. I loved having worked through the “Create a quiet time sche” with my group this week. We had some great conversations about worship, Bible study, prayer, and listening. Putting God first seems to give me a better perspective of what’s important.

  • Sharon Bruns says:

    Enjoying my quiet time in the early mornings. For some reason I have been more tired the past couple days and I have allowed myself to stay in bed a little later than my intended get up time. I aim to get to bed earlier so that getting up early isn’t difficult. I am enjoying the peacefulness of my days when I have started them out right by spending time with my Heavenly Father first thing in the day rather than giving him the leftovers of my time.

  • June says:

    As a mom of a 20 month old and 10 weeks pregnant with my second, I fell off the maximize your mornings badwagon around week 5 of my pregnancy when all I wanted to do was sleep. While I’ve had grace for myself, I am starting to feel better and want to start maximizing my mornings again!

  • Shannon Alexander says:

    I am hoping to learn to wake up early, have time with God, and then to be able to focus on being the wife my husband needs and the mom my kid’s need. I have not been acomplishing this at all, but I will continue to pick myself up and try again.
    shannonsweep at gmail dot com

  • Sarah says:

    I’m hoping to gain more “subduing” of the little bit of earth around me (as Adam and Eve were commanded to do)! I need more confidence in what I’m doing – that I am, indeed, these kids’ God-given mom, and boss. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am also hoping to gain just a little more productive time in each day.

  • Kim says:

    I really love what you’re doing on your site, Kat. Thanks for your commitment to us all! We love you! I love the title of this book, Reshaping It ALL! I seems I continue to struggle with the balance of life. Anyone else?

  • Kel says:

    My days go so much better when they are started with time with God. It also helps immensely to be up before my children. They tend to be early risers like their dad and unlike me, so this is a challenge. I’m hoping to gain consistency in being up early for time with God before the kids are up.

  • sarah (shorty) says:

    I am hoping to start off in a calmer stat of mind since I tend to be high strung. I am thankful for the quite moments in the morning to start my day off a tad less rushed.

  • Jacquie says:

    I am hoping to gain peace and balance in my life.

  • Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! I started my own group last week amongst “my girls” at church…we had a great week! Some rough mornings and some setbacks, true, but going from basically (to be honest) no consistent quiet time to an hour almost every morning this past week was awesome and life-giving. I would *love* to read this book (and win a cute apron)!!

  • Julie says:

    I am hoping to regain a new focus and discipline in my life. We have been through a lot of chaos the last several years and I have lost myself in trying to meet the needs of everyone else. This has come at the perfect time for me as I am seeking God in this new season of our life. Thank you!

  • MamaDove says:

    I have six children (13 years to 7 months) and am homeschooling. It is always a challenge to get into a good morning routine again when still breastfeeding in the night, so I REALLY appreciate this practical encouragement. It has been hitting me hard for months that I actually CANNOT succeed at my life! – unless I have some quiet time alone first thing in the morning: To draw near to my Source and have the ‘brain space’ to evaluate and plan…so that I am not reacting and deflecting but am proactive and effective.

  • Jennie says:

    This a timely inspiring post. I’m having a challenge after having my second child to balance everything and one of them is being healthy. God can help you through anything and I need His help in balancing my life and my health.

  • Amanda says:

    I’m hoping to continue and strengthen my daily quiet time. I juggle so many hats in a day – I have to have this time to stay focused and keep my perspective. I’m so thankful for the Hello Mornings challenge!

  • Jessica says:

    I am doing the Philippians study and its going great so far! I am making a point to exercise 3-4 times each week also. My goal this week is to focus on my prayer time. Thanks for all the resources.

  • Edie says:

    I don’t know why I can’t seem to find the Ebook….I have subscribed to the feeds and all and I haven’t been able to find a place where I can download it yet. Any help?

  • Cyndi says:

    I didn’t get where I am or rather where I am not overnight and I know there is no quick fix to get those areas of my life back in line with where they need to be. I am hopeful that this MYM plan will give me the stepping stones needed to get where I know God wants me to be, living a life full in Him and blessing my husband and children with a wife and mom who has her priorities and household in order.

  • Jennifer says:

    I am getting up early so I can have some “me time” and gain focus for the day.. Great giveaway – I have Reshaping it All on my list of books to eventually read – I have read a couple of pages at Barnes & Noble and it is very encouraging and practical.

  • Cheryl P says:

    I’m finding that by spending each morning with the Lord, I’m more focused on him throughout the day. My decision are more Godly and in interacting with my children I look for teachable moments.

  • Penny says:

    I hope to get to bed on time on a regular schedule. This is my biggest obstacle for getting up when I need to in the morning.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I love love love Flirty Aprons and the book sounds great too.

  • Early mornings and time to myself give me more peace and less frustration. Although a full night’s sleep is good too!

    Terrific giveaway. I’ve wanted to read this.


  • Blessed Mom says:

    I’m actually not officially participating with Hello Mornings because I have a baby who still gets up 2 or 3 times a night and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get up early consistently. I am trying to get up before my two older children do and have some time to myself to exercise or spend time with God. I’m hoping to have a better attitude and be more prepared for the day.

  • Melanie says:

    I am hoping to start my days off on a positive note and hoping to really let go all of the worries in my head to God each and every morning. I really need to work on letting go! My control freak nature is not a healthy one and I want my children to see me practice what I preach!

  • Hoping to gain a greater sense of calm and control (as opposed to the sense of flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants!) We’ve been traveling recently and I need to get things settled and back on track.

  • Andrea says:

    I am hoping to find accountability as a make a habit of getting up early and devoting part of my day to God.

  • Ruth Hill says:

    As a substitute teacher, I generally have time to do my quiet time in the mornings before school or during my prep period. It requires discipline, but I have been blessed!

  • Ruth Hill says:

    Here is where I interacted with mym12 group on twitter:

  • Ruth Hill says:


    same tweet counts for posting in the hello morning stream on twitter

  • Pat says:

    What I’m hoping to gain through this MYM challenge is…more than “re-gain control” over my mornings…
    It’s to take the control AWAY from me…and give it to the Lord.

    I’m tired of letting satan have his way, and even me having my own way! The ONLY way is to let Jesus have HIS way, and the way I was doing it just isn’t cutting it :-)!

  • Pat says:

    btw, the photo that’s showing with my last post is a gravatar of my DH. SOMEHOW it’s gotten connected to me – anybody know how to change that?

    I think it’s creepy to see his face everytime I leave a comment, especially when people don’t know either of us LOL!!!!

  • Meaghan says:

    I am hoping to get a better handle on my day as a stay-at-home mom to two little ones. I want to manage my feelings in order to manage my weight, and have an action plan for each day, so that I can make the most of my days at home with my children! They deserve a happy, healthy mommy.

  • Kelli says:

    I have read this book and love it! Thank you for this giveaway.

  • Erin says:

    I have infant twins and a three-year-old and I have found myself lately saying, “oh, no” when I see the sun streaming in through the curtains (if I’m even still in bed by then, which is a rarity. I want that to change. I want to be able to greet each day as a gift and move past my fatigue and stress. That includes getting rid of the extra weight that makes me even more tired.

    Thank you for the reminder!

  • Pam says:

    I’m hoping to gain a more positive attitude by starting each morning on the right track and ahead of the game!

  • colette says:

    I am hoping to gain a regular time for bible reading & a calmness in the home. With 4 children- 3 of which are boys my house can get down right chaotic fast! Then I am just yelling, they are tuning me out and it is an awful way to start the day for all of us.