5 Simple Ways to Say “HelloMornings” All Day Long (& A Giveaway)

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Note from Kat: This is a guest post for our HelloMornings Series from Chelsey who blogs at InspiredMama.

Starting the Day Off Right

Since the beginning of 2011, I’ve been trying to get up early to pray, read, and gain focus for my day. When I do this, I start the day off with such peace, focus, and strength.

But as my sweet children rise and our day begins, something starts to happen. Slowly, it builds. Slowly, it steals my joy. Too many tasks. Trying to meet a deadline. Children asking for food, drink, toys, help. Children hurting themselves, children getting into things, phone ringing, someone texts, the TV is too loud, someone needs their diaper changed — I find it hard to see God in these moments. He is there, but I cannot see Him. My focus is narrowed to this one chaotic moment and I cannot see any further than that.

I woke up to say hello mornings… and I say goodbye too quickly.

Hello Afternoons. And Evenings Too.

I wanted a way to make my hello mornings last all through the day, so I compiled a list to share with you of ways to maintain the early morning focus in the afternoons and evenings too.

Fifteen Past Two

* Hourly Prayer – set your phone alarm to go off hourly, to remind you to take two minutes to stop and pray.
* Scattered Scripture – write sticky notes, use index cards, type it on your computer and print it out. Displaying scripture throughout your home will serve as an inspirational reminder and help keep you focused.
* Devotional Music – make a playlist of worship songs that most inspire you and listen to it as you go about your day.
* Handy Reminder – write it on your hand! For example, I sometimes struggle to remember that children need grace to be children — they are not adults after all, and need grace as they learn. So I wrote on my hand, “Have Mercy” to remind me to be gentle and merciful when I am in a chaotic situation with my children.
* Listen to Scripture – purchase an audio version of the Bible and listen to it on your iPod during down times (when children are having quiet time, napping, or independent play). It makes cleaning and other tasks more enjoyable as well! In addition to the
Bible, consider purchasing audio books from your favourite Christian authors.

I’m sure if you put some or all of these points into practice, you will feel more refreshed and more focused all through the day.

Giveaway

As a little incentive for you all to press on, we are doing weekly giveaways. Erin from HomeWithTheBoys is organizing all these amazing prizes. Here she is to tell you about this week’s prize:

With all of the unique hand-stamped jewelry out there these days, you can wear the words and names that are most important to you – names, words, dates – close to your heart. I love that this is in style!

Beki at The Rusted Chain is one of the creative beauties making gorgeous hand-stamped jewelry with real meaning behind it. Plus, she’s really funny and a fab photographer!

Look at these lovelies…

Today, you can win a $25 gift certificate to The Rusted Chain and get a little something fun for yourself!

How To Enter

There are four ways to enter the giveaway.

1. Leave a comment here and share any tips for keeping your focus on God all throughout the day.
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.)

(FYI – Last week’s winner was Courtney!)

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  • Avatar Nicole says:

    I am currently Memorizing Coloassians and have the current verses on the chalk board in the kitchen, as well as alarms on my phone to spark a reality check :0). Love checking in with my MYM ladies as well.

  • I listen to upbeat christian songs on YouTube. My kids (4 & 3) love the music and start dancing around the living room and singing along too!

    Every Move I Make is one of our favorites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nEtq28x5EQ

  • Avatar Kj says:

    Wow! I Love the first necklace with ‘act justly, love mercy’. If I win I am definitely getting that. In fact I may just get it anyway, my birthday is coming up. Hmmmm….

  • Avatar Joy says:

    I just remind myself to look into my son’s eyes before I speak. If I wouldn’t say it to his eyes, I shouldn’t say it.

  • Avatar Jen Pazdur says:

    Listening to music; have a friend call each day at a certain time and do a minute prayer time together. Even if you can’t answer the call it will remind you to pray….and it will also remind you that there are other people out there “contained” at home too. 😉

  • I love the idea of hourly prayer!

    I aim to pray through tasks that I don’t enjoy. It all started with sweeping, as I shared on Compassion International’s blog. http://blog.compassion.com/change-your-perspective-a-precious-perspective/ Now, I find myself praying through the laundry folding and other mundane day-to-day tasks, too.

  • Avatar eRin H says:

    I pray every time I hear a siren. I pray for the first responders and their families and the people they are going to help. It helps me remember that whatever is going on with us isn’t that bad.

  • Avatar Janna says:

    I’m not sure I have anything insightful to add, as this is an area I struggle too–starting off with a bang but running out of gas quickly. I agree that listening to worshipful music is very helpful, I usually keep singing it to myself all day. And I love the idea about looking into your child’s eyes–that is soooo true!

  • Avatar Christy says:

    I have 2 daily prayer calendars, one for my husband and one for my kids, and I keep them on the windowsill above my sink, so every time I am at the sink, doing dishes, preparing food, etc, (it happens a lot during the day!!) I am reminded to pray for them. I keep my Bible verse for the day/week written on the whiteboard on my fridge (along with my grocery list, to-do list, and menu plan) –another place I frequent throughout the day. These locations help me to stay focused throughout the day!

  • Avatar Kristy says:

    Beautiful necklace!
    I also (try) to get up early before the kids do to pray, journal, do a word study in a Topical Bible (writing out all the verses), read a Christian book, or just my bible.
    I have in little block letters – PRAY on my counter above my kitchen sink, so every time I am washing dishes or my hands, I see them & remember to stop & pray.

  • Avatar June says:

    Such an encouraging post! I concur that playing worship or at least christian music in your house all day really helps reminds you of the presence of god in your house throughout the day.

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    Writing “have mercy” is a fantastic idea!

  • Avatar Amy Thornton says:

    Along with what we call “kitchen dancing” in the afternoon to my favorite praise and worship music, I am trying to stop before I say something in anger and instead of counting to 10, I pray. Sometimes I pray out loud so that my children can hear my struggle but that I am going to God for strength and peace and patience and wisdom. I am going to try setting my iTouch to go off hourly so I can be purposeful in praying throughout the day, though. Great suggestions and great post. It blessed me in the reading. Happy Friday!
    Amy

    • I need to stop and count to ten too, Amy. Our words can be so powerful, and I am striving to always use words that are encouraging and loving to my children. Stopping to count and pray is a great idea.

  • Avatar Stacey says:

    These are great ideas! I sometimes forget the power of God focused worship music in my life! I love listening to it while making dinner or doing dishes in the afternoon, when I am really worn down by the day!

    Beautiful necklace!

  • Avatar Shawn Bensley says:

    I get a fresh boost from God, when I step outside to do something, I make it a point to notice something about God’s creation. It could be a bird singing or a woodpecker making his noice (just love that sound), it could be the green of a tree, His creation just brings me a freshness for God.

  • Avatar Stacey says:

    I tweeted the giveaway.

  • Avatar Revonda says:

    my children are a constant reminder of what is important. Looking at them reminds me of the higher calling that I am called to and for their sake I am more motivated to seek the Lord’s guidance and go to him for peace of mind. 🙂

  • Avatar Lisa says:

    These are some great ideas! I really like the phone alarm idea especially. We listen to worship music often in our house, but I don’t always remember to stop and speak directly to the Lord about what’s going on in my heart and mind. Thanks for this encouragement!

  • Avatar Kristi says:

    Memorizing Bible verses is helping me. But I could use some more tips too!!!

  • Avatar Aimee says:

    I count grace-gifts and I do so all day long… this keeps my focus on God all throughout the day!

  • These are all great tips–thanks for getting me thinking!

    I changed my computer screen saver to scripture so that when I’m on the phone and it pops up I get a reminder. I’ve also posted scripture cards on our bathroom mirrors. I think I might come up with a scripture craft/decoration to put by my sink window sill too. Or somewhere by the stove–since we’re always in and out through the kitchen!

  • Avatar Kim says:

    I think about the blessings God has given me in my children. Each one is unique in His eyes and has a purpose only He knows and desires for them to uncover. As they grow older, it has made me realize how much I am truly to disciple them in His ways in a more deliberate action than I had imagined before. I want only to lead them to His Cross and help them to understand how to truly follow Him. Keeping these thoughts at the forefront of my mind throughout the day helps me to not overreact or respond in a way not becoming of our Lord. Grace is the key. We need to accept it and give it out freely and our children deserve it from us tenfold!

  • Uh,yes–I’ve got the morning thing down, but I could really use a copy of “Hello Afternoons!” That’s the low point for my kids and for me, especially on these hot summer days when we can’t just play in the backyard.

    I like to use my cell phone alarm, programmed for set times, to remind me to stop and refocus with a short, routine prayer list. But the problem is my cell phone has a limit of 3 alarms per day–I need ten!

    Can’t wait to see everyone else’s tips!

  • Avatar Pat says:

    Having a quiet times through out the day, I just have to make sure I ask Jesus to come!

  • Avatar Heather says:

    Exactly! Always struggled with only meeting with God in the morning. Thanks for the great ideas. Like Daniel who set aside time for prayer 3x a day. I want to be in constant communication not just once!

  • Avatar Bre says:

    I find that laying down and resting in the Lord, even if just for 5 minutes, during the afternoon nap time is what helps me a lot. Sometimes I’ll look over my study notes or just pray but it helps me refocus for the rest of the day. (Oh and sometimes I fall asleep too :-D)

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  • Avatar Jennie says:

    I love the idea of hourly prayer! I have such a long way to go, nothing to share-but I do love to see the good around me.

  • Avatar Kel says:

    I love the “handy reminder.” Sometimes I forget that my kids need more mercy from their mama! I find that working on memorizing scripture really helps me. It’s amazing how doing that keeps God’s word fresh in my mind and more likely to be remembered in the chaotic moments.

  • Avatar Jera says:

    One of my favorite things is listening to praise and worship music. I like it because, like all songs, they get stuck in your head. So even when I am not listening to the music, I hear it. And it is such a blessing to have those songs in my head over some of ones you hear on the radio!!
    Also I love the idea of praying during dishes (my most dreaded task). I am going to put that one into practice! It will totally change my outlook on dishes for sure!

  • Avatar Lindsay C says:

    I’ve started listening to the Christian music stations off my Direct TV. Easy and no commercials and keeps me praising God throughout my day! Also, a friend of mine shared an idea which is perfect for moms of young ones: download podcasts of your favorite authors/speakers onto your ipod and listen throughout the day. It’s perfect for me right now bc you can listen while you change a diaper, make lunches, pick up the house, etc. No hands required and portable.

  • Avatar Jasmine says:

    This is just what I needed to read. Will be downloading songs now. Thank you!

  • Avatar Sarah Scott says:

    I listen to an audio bible sometimes or worship music through out my day.

  • I am encouraged to see that I already do a lot of these things. I love the idea of post its with scripture all around the house. Going to start doing that for myself 🙂

  • There are so many great ideas from all these ladies, I am loving reading all the comments! I find that listening to Christian radio or having a favourite Hillsong youtube playlist playing really helps me to keep my focus. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, it’s just music, but even if we aren’t specifically paying attention it still finds its way into our hearts.

  • Avatar Jennie W says:

    I do many of the things you listed. I also attend mom;s Bible studies, read Christian blogs and surround myself with Christian friends.

  • Honestly, taking a few minutes to read a Godly womans blog ususally helps me refocus

  • Avatar Laura says:

    I work all day on the computer. My wallpaper is a picture of my sweet sponsor child. It makes me smile every time I see her. I stop and say a prayer for her and her family. I say many prayers for my family and others that don’t have sponsors too. It has really helped me realize that there are more important things in life.

  • Avatar Heidi says:

    Having praise music on all day definitely helps me! I play energetic selections in the morning to get us going and switch to instrumental hymns as our day gets louder & busier. I also write on my wrists for a constant visual of what God said to me that morning. I’m trying to get in the habit of short “mommy time outs” when I feel the pressure building…a chance to breathe, pray and regain focus instead of blowing up at my kiddos.

  • Avatar Kim says:

    This is such a timely post for me. Abiding in Christ is something I long for each day and yet somehow, as today’s post describes, life gets in the way. Scripture around the house, worship music, and remembering my goal for my kids keeps me on track. Thanks for this!

    Posted on Facebook to share with others!

  • Avatar Sami says:

    I’m turning on the chimes for my grandfather clock, a present from my dad. A reminder of how constantly he prayed. And a hourly reminder to pray myself!

  • Avatar Heidi says:

    I keep focused by having a chalkboard in my kitchen with quotes or verses. I am also working more on taking time to pray throughout the day with the kids so I remember and they learn that no day can go by without seeking Him.

  • Avatar Judy says:

    I love the setting an alarm on your phone idea – I try to remember whenever I think of someone ot immediately stop and pray for them. Keeping my focus on others prayer needs eases the burden of focusing on my own. Thanks so much for the chance at this giveaway – I keep going to their site and would love one of their necklaces.

  • Avatar yolande says:

    I have little reminder cards printed free from http://www.aholyexperience.com/ taped up above my sink. “I am the servant, not the source.”

  • Avatar Phyllis says:

    I practice shooting “arrow” prayers throughout the day – especially when I feel I’m at the end of my rope. Phyllis

  • Avatar KellySinging says:

    Momma’s prescription: Hide in the bathroom and pray, as needed. 😉

  • Avatar Sheryl Schnare says:

    I am learning to take every thought captive and cast my cares on God as soon as they come up. It’s a constant, all day battle!

  • Avatar Katrina says:

    Some really great ideas from everyone – thanks for sharing!

    One thing I sometimes do (especially when I’m struggling with keeping a Kingdom focus through the day) is to let my kids KNOW that I’m struggling – I ask them to (respectfully) remind me if they see me getting a bit crazy, lol, and I ask them to pray for me as I pray for them. It lets them see that mom is striving to do better and be better and show more grace and love and kindness.

  • Avatar Amy McMann says:

    I have been sneeking away to the garden really early and I spend time in prayer and thanksgiving while weeding. And I’m back in the house to check my email and get breakfast started before the rest of the family is starting their day.
    These necklaces are so sweet and I love how durable the chains are. I don’t mind my nursing baby or toddler tugging on those kind of chains!

  • Avatar Teresa says:

    I light a candle mid-morning to pray for my children while they are away at school.

  • Avatar Niki says:

    I love all the suggestions for Hello Afternoons & Hello Evenings! I am pretty good at Hello Mornings…and even better at Goodbye Mornings so these suggestions are helpful

  • I love the idea of setting an alarm on your phone! I’ve also been challenged by this post over at Desiring God: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/beware-the-bible-is-about-to-threaten-your-smartphone-focus
    My favorite part is where he says our Bible apps should be a threat to all the other apps on our smart phones. It hit me that, I literally have scripture at my fingertips all day long via my phone, I just need to use it!

  • Avatar Amanda says:

    I am memorizing Ephesians and doing an inductive Bible study on it, too. I’ve started listening to it on YouVersion on my phone as well. It helps with my memorization and study, too. I LOVE today’s post! I’ve also tweeted and interacted with my group this week. 🙂

  • Avatar Holly says:

    I was doing good at getting up early, but have fallen off the wagon… need to get back to that. Also, I try to count to ten before reacting to my kids. It’s so hard, but seeing that other moms struggle too, helps me know that I’m not alone and that it’s possible to make it though! Thanks for the encouragement and tips.

  • Avatar Denise says:

    I am thankful for my feet! They allow me to get up each day and run around…So in the morning I wiggle a toe and say a prayer of thanks for something. 10 easy prayers.

  • Avatar April Emery says:

    I download podcasts of radio programs that are Biblically based. I listen to them as I was dishes, clean, paint in the kitchen with my kids, drive in the car, etc. I don’t always have the ability to just sit and read the Word, so having something I am listen to is really helpful. Plus, my kids hear it, too. Who knows what they will catch and remember at such a young age 🙂

  • Avatar April Emery says:

    i shared on the I2A community on FB

  • Avatar Betsy says:

    I love this post and can totally relate! Thank you for the simple suggestions!

  • Avatar Kris says:

    Thank you for this! I have scripture written on notecards taped everywhere in the house, mostly in the kitchen since that’s where I seem to end up all day, but it helps so much seeing it everywhere!

  • Avatar Christine says:

    I have been listening to Seeds Worship CDs in the car with my kids and stopping to discuss the verses with them on occasion. Then I have the songs in my head all day! Love this post and the ideas!

  • Avatar Jesica says:

    I love leaving little scripture reminders all over the house… just seeing a verse scrawled across the bathroom mirror reminds me to seek Him. Also, we are big fans of stopping and taking a deep breath. So much that my 3 year old will say “Mom, we need to take a deep breff…” It gives me just enough time to say “Help, Lord” before I react.

    • Avatar Kat says:

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      Please send me your mailing address and I’ll have it sent out to you ASAP.

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  • Avatar Kelly Willie says:

    I have a full time job in an office that I believe if I didn’t pray every hour every day I would lose my mind!! Throughout the years, during the good times and the not so good times, I have always turned to God in prayer and I believe it has just become a habit to pray no matter where I’m at or what I’m doing. I am a Compassion International Advocate and so I subscribe to all the information about Compassion that comes direct to my email. I also subscribe to blogs (like this one) that reminds me during the day of how blessed I am. My word for the year is “GIVE” so I am constantly looking for new ways to give of myself. The word “GIVE” always takes me back to God!
    Love the jewerly! I’d love to have my word of the year stamped on a piece of metal, then continue the tradition year after year with different words. Really enjoy your blog!

  • Avatar Katie says:

    Memorizing Bible verses to music helps me… then I can get the tune stuck in my head and be thinking about the verse too.

  • Avatar Ingrid says:

    I like to keep worship music playing in the background when I feel my focus on God is slipping – a gentle reminder to keep my mind on Him!

  • Avatar Marissa says:

    i have started having worship music playing in the back ground all day long. there is so much more peace in our home. it’s a gentle reminded that we are always in the presence of Jesus. even my 6 year old feels the difference. He reminds me to “turn on that pretty music, mommy!”

  • Avatar Sharon B in Oregon says:

    Wow, what beautiful jewelry. Love the first one.
    Your message really hit the spot with me today. I need to be more intentional about keeping the focus throughout the day. I don’t have any tips to share with you but will be using some of yours. Thank you for sharing.

  • Avatar Rebecca says:

    I find some days much harder than others, especially the ones like today when my middle child was up all night with croup and the oldest woke up early and woke the youngest… I find it much easier to stay focussed on God if I have eaten healthy food. I try to make sure I eat 6 small meals per day which helps with maintaining sugar levels.

    I also hide in the bathroom and pray when it all gets too much, have my favourite worship music on my Ipod and listen to that when I walk to get my oldest son from school. I have sermons on Itunes to listen to during housework, and read uplifting blogs when I have time. I also read books too-sometimes when I am hiding in the bathroom hoping my boys aren’t destroying each other/anything else!

    I love the comments on this post-it is good to know I am not alone and there are such creative ladies out there!

  • Avatar Taylor says:

    I love the necklace!

    Keeping my focus is reciting scripture with my kids on the car ride to school and saying Col. 1 together (I just finished memorizing this, so it’s fresh on my mind) I find it’s not as easy to get angry while reciting scripture!

    I also love to play Seeds family worship CDs in the house when the kids are home from school/done with naps and while I prepare dinner.

    • Avatar AshleyF says:

      Love Seeds family worship! We play that a lot during our mornings when we are getting ready to start our day and while making breakfasts!

  • Avatar Taylor says:

    I interact with my MYM group on fb every day 🙂

  • Avatar LynneaD says:

    Great post. Reading God’s word throughout the day keeps my focus on Him.

  • Avatar NancyLynn says:

    I like to post scripture around the house. I am always on the lookout for decor for my home with scripture verses on them.

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    I have a little section of scripture to meditate on all day. Sometimes it’s just a couple of words…

  • Avatar Vicki Barnes says:

    We love to listen to christian music while we clean the house. This helps me stay calm when I see that my kids have strayed from their chores! 😉

  • Avatar Christi says:

    I love your ideas and you are right on the mark with how it happens for sure. One thing I’ve been doing lately is to focus on the blessings in my life. If I begin to get irritated with something or someone, I try to look right there at that very situation and find something in it to be thankful for.

  • Avatar Joyce says:

    Great ideas!!

    After dinner, hubby goes to play with the girls and I wash dishes. I like washing dishes. We don’t have a dishwasher, so I hand wash them. During that time I like to have my phone on my Pandora worship stations.

  • Avatar Kimberly says:

    Wow! So many great suggestions!
    The one thing our family tries to do is to pray every time we get in the car. Our car has 200K+ miles on it… so we thank God that we have a running car, and we pray for protection…

  • Avatar Alida R says:

    Praise music!

  • Avatar Homequeen says:

    I focus on my Heavenly Father by remembering favourite choruses and hymns.
    When I’m pegging out the laundry, these lovely words come into my head to remind me how wonderful God is. I’m singing them all day long!

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    There are 4 pages I’ve joined on Facebook – “The Bible”, “Jesus Christ”, “Thy Will be Done”, and “Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite Bible-verse!” So, as you read your friends’ news, you find yourself reading the Scriptures they post in the midst of it. Sometimes 2 separate pages will post verses on the same theme, so I ask the Lord whether He’s speaking to me through those.

  • Avatar Bekah says:

    I just pray, “Jesus help me,” or “God, I don’t know how to handle this? WhatdoIdowhatdoIdo?” when I face a crazy situation or a discipline situation where I’m not sure what the heart motive was and what my response should be!

  • Avatar Bekah says:

    I facebooked this. 🙂

  • Avatar Sara A in SC says:

    We keep on worship music most of the day. We also have worship music playing 24 hours a day in the bedrooms. I love how it changes the atmosphere.

  • Avatar Marie says:

    I like to listen to the local Christian music channel whenever we’re in the car (which is pretty often it seems!). It helps me focus and reflect and my 3 year old loves the tunes. 🙂

  • Avatar AshleyF says:

    Some things that have been helpful to me have been listening to worship music, having verses on the fridge as a reminder to meditate on, and stopping to pray or read the bible (giving myself a “mommy timeout”) when I feel like I am going to act on my emotions, or when I just need a little refreshment.

  • Avatar Beth says:

    You hit the nail on the head. Thanks for all the inspiration you offer through InspiredToAction and #hellomornings. It’s had a tremendous effect on my life, and I know tomorrow will be a fresh start. Thank you for leading the way!

  • Avatar Tammy says:

    I have been really struggling of late to keep my focus on Him. Going on vacation to visit family got me way off my routine, so my morning quiet times didn’t happen often… and I have really suffered b/c of it. I am trying to get back on track!! I am looking for ways to focus on Him and focus on being a better mom. I loved this post! (The handy reminder was one of my favorites, and for the first time ever, I have considered getting a tattoo… on my wrists or hands… “Grace” and “Mercy”… to help me remember to give grace and mercy to my kids EVERY day!) Now I need to make a praise music play list for my ipod and get busy listening to that!!

  • Avatar Jennifer says:

    Today was one of those days!! Thanks for the encouragement and HELLO JESUS!

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