The Power of Accountability and a Plan (Giveaway!!!)

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Note from Kat: This is a guest post by Christin from Joyful Mothering. I just want to say that I love how she figured out what works for her and she made sure she got what she needed to make her morning routine stick. If what you’re doing isn’t working, keep tweaking!

Getting Up – The Hardest Part

When I joined Hello Mornings this summer, I really struggled to get out of bed. I couldn’t get anything to compel me. Although I had my MYM group, it wasn’t enough to get me out of bed the moment I needed to wake up. When there are a lot of people involved in the challenge, it’s not hard to make the excuse that no one will notice – even within your group. Yet, I really wanted to wake up early to begin my day.



Texting Accountability



When Christine (@FruitNSeason) offered to text me each morning to help me get out of bed, I agreed. Let me tell you it made such a difference. When she would text in the morning I just could not bring myself to text back, “I can’t do it. I can’t get up”, or to ignore her altogether. Because I knew she would find me later and ask me how my morning went. 



The accountability of the #HelloMornings stream on Twitter is wonderful, but I needed a bit more of a kick than that. I know some of you can relate. The hardest part is getting out of bed, and probably the next 5 minutes following that. Once you are up and moving, and your blood begins flowing, your body begins to start up for the day.

Now I have come to a point where I try to beat her text by getting out of bed earlier and get to Twitter to say “Good HelloMornings” before she can text me. It’s a race against the text! And I am finding more and more that I am able to get up without needing to be texted. 



Make your mornings count. Have a plan.

I have found how important it is to have a plan for your mornings–just like the Maximize Your Mornings e-book recommends. Otherwise your mornings will be scattered and by the end of your quiet time you will feel as if you got nothing accomplished. It will not be as rewarding and may not compel you to get up again the next morning.



Mentally prepare yourself for the day.



As your quiet time comes to a close, take the time to pray for your mind to ease into your day. It is so important that we prepare ourselves to welcome our children into the day as opposed to making them feel they are intruding on us. This time is meant to prepare us, refresh us, and help us focus to begin again each day. It is designed to help us serve better. 



Do you need to take that extra step for greater accountability? Why not have a Hello Mornings buddy text you, too?



By Christin, Joyful Mothering 
Christin is wife to a compassionate, God-fearing man, and mother to 2 gracious girls and 3 busy boys. She tries to see the beauty in the simple things and appreciates a good cup of coffee. She is learning to live everyday with joy, find gratitude in the mundane, and speak words of grace.



A Giveaway For You!!

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:

Doorposts. My FAVORITE resource for biblical character training materials – for the kids AND myself! We use many of the the resources in our home and can’t wait to pass on a few for you!


We use this Set of Parenting Charts as a Bible-based way to help establish order and appropriate discipline with the kiddos. If you struggle with consistency in discipline AND blessing your children, these charts are a huge help. And you never have to say “Because I said so!” again because the Bible verse references are right there!

A Checklist for Parents is exactly what I need to daily evaluate my priorities and actions as a parent based on exactly what Scripture says. It is both convicting and encouraging in my calling as a parent – and small enough to carry around in my purse too!

And if you need more ideas for making Sunday fun and actually restful, A Day of Delight is the book for you! This resource lays out how to prepare throughout the week to make Sunday the day of rest God intended it to be. We’ve started implementing the ideas gradually and are starting to find that much needed rest. Yes, you can get rest on Sunday with children around!

Also included in this AMAZING prize package…

Family Circles (helps organize one-on-one time with your children)
As Unto the Lord (A Bible study for wives)

Please check out all the wonderful, encouraging resources Doorposts has to offer at their site and on their blog!

How To Enter

There are four ways to enter the giveaway.

1. Leave a comment here and tell us how your mornings are going. Get an extra entry for encouraging someone else in the comments!
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.)

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  • When my husband travels (right now) I have a hard time getting up early. it is also the raining season here and it has been dark later in the morning. I was doing really well, too! After our vacation i will be back on track!

  • Avatar Megan says:

    I’m still trying to not get discouraged. Life with my early rising 9 month old and a move accross time zones is a little rough.

    • Avatar Jenna says:

      Megan, I slip a couple books in my son’s crib so that if he wakes early, he can have some quiet time before I get him. I get him at 7 and not any earlier. I think over the months he’s learned that Mommy decides when he rises, not him 🙂

      Ah, I can imagine the move would make it even tougher though. Thankful we serve a God of grace and not of legalism 🙂

      • Avatar Jenny says:

        Jenna – The books are a great idea! I hadn’t thought of that.

        Megan – Just wanted to say you are not alone! We’ve made 2 (time-change) moves since my 10-m-o was born (and 2-14 hour time changes, each time with a nearly 2 yo). It WILL get better! Just keep at it!

  • Avatar Kara says:

    It is still a challenge to get up some mornings (especially when I was up half the night with an infant), but your tools and resources are making it so much easier! Thank you!!

    • Avatar Carly says:

      I can totally relate! I have a really hard time getting to bed early enough to feel somewhat rested in the morning. We have an 8 week old, what about you?

    • Avatar Victoria says:

      I can relate as well. With a 5 month old sleep is getting better, still a little inconstistant, especially now that he is getting ready to start teething!

  • Avatar DramaMama says:

    I was doing well…now w/the everyone home for summer break, I am feeling so disoriented! There’s no deadline to get out the door, no sense of direction in our morning routine. I have slowly been getting up earlier again but it’s just not enough time to accomplish much. However, I would like to say that I believe that if you ladies can find the strength to be mommas to little ones, to carry on the daily tasks w/o the physical support of a spouse at this time, etc…you can do this! I remind myself that even when I think this is hard, there are so many harder things other women around the world are doing! Some women tell me they couldn’t be a foster/adoptive parent (which I am), some women say they couldn’t ever be a SAHM (which I am), some people say they couldn’t survive on one income (which we do), etc…I feel like if we/I can do those things, we can do this! I always remember that we were made for more…

    • Avatar Nicole says:

      Atta girl Mama! 🙂 You are soo awesome! Being an adoptive, sahm making things happen on one income is absolutely amazing. Keep working on getting up a little earlier, and know that you are doing outstanding. The summer always throws us for a loop. ;] But I really think you’re doing awesome.

  • I wake up with my newborn baby, & right now that is working very well for me- as I spend lots of time with God while nursing! 🙂
    Jessica

  • Avatar Jen says:

    I am such a night person, I would rather stay up late, but then I wouldn’t be as awake and fun in the morning for my kids. I am slowly getting the hang of extra early in the morning!

    • Avatar Kristin says:

      I see myself the same way Jen! Always put myself in the “night owl” category but I’m realizing I am much more productive and relaxed when I start my mornings right and get to bed earlier! Good luck!! 🙂

  • Avatar Reese says:

    I’m surprised that half the commenters so far have infants!
    Part of me wants to do the challenge, but I can’t bring myself to even try. I’d like to get up at 6 to pray, read, blog, exercise. My 5 month old normally gets up around 7, but if he wakes up early (not out of hunger) it’s usually my husband who tries to get him back to sleep because I just can manage to get up.

  • Avatar Sara says:

    LOVE it!!! I will be starting this on Monday!

  • Avatar Kristin says:

    I have loved getting up early in the mornings. When I sleep in or miss a morning, I feel like I am really missing a huge part of my day. That is the encouragement I need to get up early the next morning. Thanks for this post!

  • Avatar Staci says:

    Mornings are still tough. We just moved from Phoenix to Denver and I’m still trying to get settled and caught up. We’ll get there!

  • Avatar Lisa H says:

    Mornings are going well here! My 3 year old ‘alarm clock’ wakes me up with a snuggle and a smile every morning right at six. 🙂

  • Avatar Kristin says:

    My little guy started the week with a fever and then the “summer cold” seemed to make its way to me!! I don’t feel terrible, but don’t feel quite myself…so waking up early has been difficult these past couple of days. Just today I got back into my routine and it feels so good!! 🙂

    • Avatar MammaBird says:

      I hear you Kristin. I was doing great, getting up on time etc. and then I got hit with a cold and I wasn’t sleeping well either. SO, I was too tired and/or too sick to get up or work out, which made me feel worse. A bad downward spiral for sure! I finally just had to decide one day to work out and start getting up, no matter how bad I felt or how tired I was, and it is so nice. I too feel like I have missed a part of my day if I don’t have this time to ‘put the oxygen mask on me first’ as they say! Glad you are feeling better.

      And Lisa, I too struggle with getting to bed on time cause I just love being with the hubby. I haven’t figured it out yet, but there has to be a way to peel me off the couch and leave his sweet presence to go to bed on time so that I can be up early. . . let me know if you find any helpful tricks! I like the 15 minutes earlier each week idea Jennifer, thank you!

  • Avatar Lisa C says:

    I haven’t been able to maximize my mornings… yet… but I really want and need to. My fear is that I’ll need to go to bed so early that I won’t have any time with my husband. We’re traveling all summer, but I’d like to get this figured out so that I can try it when we get home.

    • Avatar Jennifer says:

      I found it helpful to just start 15 minutes earlier for like a week and then 15 more minutes the following week until I could get to where I wanted to be. Unfortunately sometimes I have a hard time getting to bed early enough! But I find my days to be so much more productive when I get up earlier. Just thought I’d share! You can do it!

  • Avatar Victoria says:

    I’m sad to say my mornings have not been all that productive the past few weeks. We are in the process of moving, so staying up late (mostly from stress) has taken a toll on me, as well as the heat!
    I love the mornings when I do get up early enough to have quiet time and get to jog or workout…I feel God’s presence so much more on those days it seems.
    I’m praying for a change; praying that I will release my stress each night(and day) into His all-powerful hands, so that I can maximize my mornings!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win these awesome resources. As a mother of a one year old and a five year old, they look very helpful!
    God bless!

  • Avatar Carly says:

    I have successfully gotten out of bed each morning this week. My plan was to get up at 5:30, but it’s probably been more like 6. We have our 8 week old son sleeping in our room with us, so I have to work around his feeding schedule. I have loved getting up and feel so much more prepared for the day. I’ve also so enjoyed my quiet time and found a great study to do. I would have never thought I would have time to do a bible study, pray, workout, and shower with a 8 week and 21 month old. Thank you for your encouragement and for challenging us to do this!

  • Avatar Christine says:

    Love it!! And I often have to rely on RamblingHeather to text me first. Knowing someone is waiting on you is a wonderful accountability, I agree. And now you usually beat me to it. LOL!

    This week, with family in town, has been tough. I may need you to start texting me to make sure I’m up. 😉

  • Avatar Amanda says:

    I have been having good weeks and bad weeks. Not getting up as early this summer because my kids are sleeping a little later, but I really need to get back to my early time and take the extra minutes as a gift. I have found that if I plan the evening before for my day, I am more ready in the morning to get moving.

  • Avatar Caroyn says:

    Summer comes and all ability goes right out the window. Mornings are not going well. Need to re-read my Maximize Your Mornings E-book and get back on track BEFORE school starts in 3 weeks!!!

    Thanks Christin for the encouragement!

  • Avatar Victoria says:

    I have been really encouraged and motivated to get through my days on the mornings when I actually wake up early! However with a 5 month old, I’m still in the stage of trying to “sleep when the baby sleeps” so waking up before him doesn’t always happen. Some mornings I am reading my Bible aloud while I am feeding my son, and other mornings (like this one) I am doing everything I can to stay awake 🙂 The nice thing is, is that day presents a fresh start and opportunities to be in the Word.

  • Avatar Jenna says:

    Mornings are going so-so. Online accountability wasn’t good for me because I didn’t have the self-control to not waste time on fb! I think I should find a texting accountability partner 🙂 I can’t seem to break the habit of waking when my toddler wakes at 7. Thankful for grace and fresh starts the next day 😀

    I’d love to win this package!!

    • Avatar Heather says:

      I have the same problem with online accountability!! If I went online at all, I would then spend that early morning time “waking up” while browsing facebook and blogs and wind up not doing any of the things I wanted to get done. The texting partner sounds like a great idea, and I hope you are able to make that happen soon!

  • Avatar camille lopez says:

    I have really been challenged trying to regularly getting up early! I thought it would be easier since this is the first period in 10 yrs of not being prenant or with a baby… but I am in recovery mode!!! Seriously.
    I got up early today- Praise God- because I went to bed EARLIER! That is where my challenge lies!

  • Avatar Sandy says:

    Mornings are going fairly well–but I am a stay-at-home wife during the summers AND I have no young children at home any more. Hang in there, young mothers! Getting up earlier than your kids is SO worth it. The reduced stress, the organization of it all, and the peace from having had time in the Word and prayer are worth the effort. A word of advice, though….do not drink caffeine after 5:00 pm (maybe even 3:00 pm) and do not get on the computer or watch TV after you tuck your children in bed. It’s so easy to get caught up in emails, blogs, craigslist (I speak from experience here), and/or entertainment of all sorts. Blessings!

  • Avatar Laura says:

    We just moved and we’ve all been so tired that mornings have been difficult. I’m working on getting up before my son to have my quiet time, but he seems to sense when I’m up. I think I succeeded 2 days this week with good mornings, but there’s room for improvement 🙂

  • Avatar Crystal says:

    I, too, have a terrible time pulling myself out of bed. It has been quite a challenge. It does not help that I have little ones that are old enough and capable of making their own breakfast and turning on the tv. I don’t want this for them, and I really want to be present for them fromt he start of the day. I did not join MYM this time around, but plan to next time. I really need it for myself, and for my family.

  • Avatar Kim says:

    I could have definitely written what you just wrote above, I have the problem getting up and far too often my children feel I am burdened by them waking up versus me being up already and joyfully greeting them for the day. What a great thing to have the text accountability, I think I would benefit from the texting as you have. I also shared on twitter #hellomornings group and #mym8 🙂 Blessings!

  • Avatar Christin says:

    My mornings are teetering a bit this week.

    I started the Bible in 90 Days this week and I read about half in the morning and half in the evening. But I’ve started drinking coffee again in the evenings—I will quickly be stopping (as in last night was my last night). I’m staying up to late and dragging my feet in the morning.

    I’ll have to read my Bible before I get too tired in the evenings. My husband and I have decided to do 30 minutes of our reading while our children are still awake and we will be encouraging them to read or look through story book Bibles (if they can’t read) while we read. That way I’m not staying up too late to read (or passing out) and I’m able to be at my best in the mornings again.

    I’ll get that balance!

  • Avatar Christin says:

    I have been Tweeting in the #HelloMornings stream all week 🙂

  • Avatar Kim says:

    My mornings are much better when I get up at least a few minutes earlier than the kids. This is really hard right now, though, because at 2 and 4, their wake-up times are unpredictable and the 2 yo doesn’t sleep well, so I am so tired it is hard to get up any earlier than I have to.

  • Avatar Michelle says:

    My mornings used to be the thorn in my side! I have also been struggling with my weight since having three children. I combined the two problems and bought a jazzercise membership which I knew my husband would keep me accountable to since it was more money than we normally spend 🙂 I also have two very good friends that have been keeping me accountable as well. Now I rise at 5:20am to go workout for an hour! Never thought I would say that about myself. About two weeks in my body was really rebelling but I pushed through and the other day I woke up without the alarm clock! 🙂

  • Avatar Melissa says:

    My hello mornings are “going”. Some days they go great and I get myself out of bed only a few minutes after my goal and other mornings (like this morning) I just can’t bear to get out of bed.

    Once I’m up and have taken those first few steps out the door on my morning walk, I start to actually wake up and from there, things go very well. And it’s true that the mornings I actually get up and have my quiet routine are the days that go very well for me.

    Why I still wrestle with getting up is a big question that only seems to have one consistent answer — because I don’t go to bed early enough 🙂

  • Avatar Maria says:

    Hello! I joined the MYM group but only after the group was closed to new participants, so I get up and imagine myself studying Philippians along with all of you! It is going great and I feel so encouraged and ready for my day! Christin, I love the post. My favorite sentence you said, “It is so important that we prepare ourselves to welcome our children into the day as opposed to making them feel they are intruding on us.” I have to admit that I felt like that most days before starting my mornings off the RIGHT way!

    The key for me is GOING TO BED EARLY ENOUGH. TELLING MYSELF AT 9:00PM SO WHAT if the kitchen is dirty or whatever else isn’t done! We’ve got to learn to tell ourselves to TURN IT OFF and have a restful night so we are ready for the next morning.

    • Avatar Christin says:

      Maria, yes, I have to have a stopping point each night because there will ALWAYS be something left undone.

      You can join the #hellomornings stream on Twitter whenever you like!! My cousin (@mrshaggie810) just began with us this week. Please feel free to join us! 🙂

  • Avatar sarah says:

    I have a nine week old and decided to just get up after his 5am feeding this morning …it was a start to getting back on track.

  • Avatar Jennifer B says:

    I’ve really been struggling with my early mornings. However, I woke up early this morning to go to a weekly breakfast with godly friends & I was amazed at how much better my morning went. I arrived home just as my son was waking up, and I was able to greet him with a cheerful attitude…rather than the “why’d you wake me up so early” attitude I normally greet him with. Plus, I accomplished so much more this morning! My new goal is to wake early & go for a short walk in the neighborhood (to get my body going), then come back home for quiet time before my son rises.

  • Avatar Lyndsey says:

    My mornings are up and down. Sometimes I can get up early and get crackin’ and have a wonderful morning and other times I really struggle. I don’t really know what the difference is – except sometimes it has to do with my schedule and motivation and how late I am up reading the night before 🙂

  • Avatar Heather says:

    Great idea christin! I found my mym took a turn for the better when I set up a “spot” for my quiet time. A chair with a side table and a lamp. I look forward to cuddling up in big leather chair pulling my Bible and journal out from the basket to the chair and sipping on coffee or juice. With 3 young children, “me” time is rare and to start the day with it was a big motivator and to have a “me” time spot, help get me out of bed.

    • Avatar Christin says:

      Yes, your little “mom space”. So helpful! I have a corner of the couch near my end table with the lamp and a place to set my coffee.

      I have an ottoman for my feet, which opens with my Bible, journal and other books which are stored in it. It helps to have everything in one place. 🙂

  • Avatar Joyce says:

    Thanks for the encouragement and reminder!! We are no alone in this. It has been a rough time as we are doing bedroom transitions for the girls, and potty training for the little one as well. There was some tag-team night waking this week that has worn me out. They are getting settled in, so I’m hoping for a bit of a break from that soon. I have to remember that each day is a new day, and you’re right, after those first few minutes of being up, it gets a little easier.

  • Avatar Tiff says:

    Funny thing is, I struggled with this for nearly 12 years as I raised my three kids… never succeeded in getting up early. Thought it would get better when they were all in school and I got more organized. Ha! Then I had a “bonus baby” who is now a toddler while my older three are from age ten to teens… and let me tell you, the teen thing throws off these goals as much or more as having an infant. The day doesn’t end ’til far too late with his activities and sleep patterns, so I’m trying to burn the candle at both ends! I think mostly I’ve succeeded at being nicer with less sleep. 🙂

    • Avatar Christin says:

      LOL, Tiff!

      It’s like waiting to have kids until the finances are in order and this has to happen, yada yada. It just doesn’t happen. Conditions may never be ideal. But hey, everyone has unique situations and you have to do what works for you without feeling guilty. There’s no law that says you have to get up early. 🙂

  • Avatar Kris M. says:

    I’ve been loving getting up early – I’ve been at it long enough now and I think I can finally say it’s a habit. Some days are a little tough but if I don’t get the chance to sit outside on my front porch for 20 minutes reading the Bible, I feel like I’ve wasted such an opportunity. It helps to do a “brain dump” list the night before. I might not get everything on the list done, but it gives me a direction to start. I’d like to try and fit in some exercises in the morning but that second cup of coffee is just too tempting! Thanks to everyone for the inspiring stories to help me stay motivated!

  • Avatar Erin says:

    I’m a work in progress – like always, and like I’ll always be. But I treasure the time I get in the mornings with Jesus, in a quiet house with me filling up on Jesus.
    Thanks for the encouragement, Christin, and for everyone here with good ideas. I just want to keep trying AND keep resting in His grace and love too.

    • Avatar Christin says:

      And don’t worry if you aren’t able! It’s not a commandment. “Thou shalt wake up early!” 😉
      We don’t want people to feel burdened…we want people to feel inspired, encouraged, and motivated. Do what you can & don’t dwell on days it just doesn’t happen. Look ahead!
      Blessings! 🙂

  • Avatar Suzie (from Sydney) says:

    I told everyone I knew that I was getting up early to read my Bible so a number of people have checked back with me- am I doing it? what am I reading? Its been a great encouragement to get up! well.. it was for the first 6 weeks and then a fortnight of school holidays arrived and I fell, no… JUMPED! off the wagon. But I’ve really missed the time with God and the peace it brings to the house, so in the past few days I’ve climbed back on the wagon of hello/good mornings and am trying to get back into the swing of it all 🙂

    • Avatar Christin says:

      Keep pressing forward. It’s always hard in the beginning, but YOU CAN DO IT!! 🙂 And it’ll be so worth it!
      {And get those accountability buddies back!} 🙂

  • Avatar Kimberly says:

    It does help and I am still sporadic. Accountability is the key.

    Kimberly

  • Avatar AshleyF says:

    What a great giveaway pakcage! : )
    I haven’t been doing as well as I would like to be doing. I am making it up 2-3 days a week. I feel like I am making excuses for myself. The truth is I think I just need to commit to go to bed EVERY night before 10p, and just GET OUT OF BED! Getting up out of bed is the hardest part for me!

  • Avatar AshleyF says:

    I have been checking in with my facebook group this week.

  • Avatar Darla says:

    I get up in the mornings, but I am not very productive with my time. I need to have a better start to my day. Thanks for your advice!

  • Avatar Tracy says:

    Well, in short, the MYM accountability group has changed my life. I’m not being dramatic here! It really has! And I’ve shared it with others (because we are not alone in this) who hope to join a group at the next go around. And I’ve started accountability groups for other ladies in my church to change certain habits. They’ve wanted to join them after I [gulp!] admitted that I struggled with getting up in the morning until I joined the MYM group. So, THANK YOU! You’ve made some big ripples in Lafayette, IN.

    • Avatar Christin says:

      That’s awesome Tracy–and don’t hesitate to admit when something changes you…even if it originated on the Internet–honestly, it’s really inconsequential where you got the inspiration from—just as long as you’re doing something with it, right?

      We can learn all day long from people around us and our pastors, but if we aren’t putting into practice (or at least making an effort) what they reveal, it’s pretty useless. So that’s awesome! 🙂

  • Avatar Bren says:

    My mornings aren’t going too well this summer. I decided to really relax this summer, although I try to get up before the kids. I find it so refreshing and I am better prepared for the day if I have a little time to myself before they start calling me. When the school year starts, I plan to start waking early and having time to prepare and pray for the day ahead. My four year old will be going to preschool five mornings a week and my oldest will be in 7th grade. My 2-year old will still be home with me. I will have busy mornings and I will want to be prepared mentally and physically (not wearing pajamas to take them to school). Thank you so much for the great inpiration you provide.

  • Avatar Christy Crosby says:

    My little one gets me out of bed, but i have to admit I’m not always productive with that time. I want to do better!!

    • Avatar Christin says:

      You can! Just sketch out a quick routine and follow it. I spend the first 45 mins literally waking up and drinking my coffee. I say hi to folks on Twitter doing #HelloMornings, check email, write in my journal/pray. But once 6am hits, I open my Bible and read until my little ones begin waking up.

      I would do it the other way around, but I find it too hard to focus on Bible reading and don’t want that time to go to waste being half asleep. So, I wait until I’m good and awake before diving in. 🙂

  • Avatar ann says:

    I think about it every night, but haven’t started yet. I want to. Does anyone do this without texting?

    • Avatar Christin says:

      Oh I’m sure most people are doing it without texting. The above post was just my story in how texting is helping ME to get out of bed. 🙂 It gives me an extra boost of accountability.

      So certainly you can do it without texting. 🙂

      • Avatar ann says:

        Thanks for your reply! I guess my real question was is there anybody who participates in Hello Mornings who does so without texting–another way to give accountability? I was considering looking into joining a group but that was holding me back. I have had regular early morning quiet times in the past but have been out of the habit for a long time. Have been thinking about it more and more after reading this ebook, and have had a few, but thought some accountability for a little while might get me going.

  • Avatar Tyra says:

    I have four children ages 14, 5, 3, and 10 months. I am up everyday between 6:30am and 7:30am. Usually one of the four girls is up with me or right after I get up. It makes it a little difficult to focus on my Bible study with little ones up right along with me!! My goal is to get up between 5:30am and 6:30am. I am going to try one of the tips in the article. Setting my alarm back 5 minutes at a time! Thanks for the ideas and giveaway!!

  • Avatar Elizabeth says:

    I have been having trouble getting up lately, but I was up at 6 this morning! 🙂

  • Avatar Pam says:

    I’m doing a bit better, but only because the kids are sleeping in longer! I really need to keep pushing my wake up time up since school will be starting soon!

  • my mornings are going pretty good! I wake up before the family usually praying for my daughter to keep sleeping! Then getting out of bed is a tiny challenge, but I stumble out to make the coffee, and while it is perking I check email, delete about half and look first at my daily Bible verse which comes with a picture, from Zondervan. Then get coffee and read and write with other blogs. By the time I hear my daughter stirring I can go in her room and love on her, welcome her awake. I’m still struggling with paying attention to everyone when they all want me at once, but I think God is helping me there.

  • Avatar Lola T. says:

    I could relate on how difficult it is to get out of the bed. Sometimes, I ended up leaving my alarm clock into a snoozing mode. But I am going to try mentally prepare yourself for a day and have a plan. Good luck with your giveaway contest.

  • Avatar Cindy says:

    Great article! I’m glad your friend is texting you and that this is working! My husband said to me this week “this 5:00 thing isn’t working too well for you, huh?” I’m getting up earlier, just not as early as I had planned. Glad you have worked this out successfully.

    • Avatar Christin says:

      Thanks Cindy! Set your alarm back another 5 or 10 minutes each week until you are up at your desired time. That way it’s not a shock to you. 🙂

  • Avatar Angeline R. says:

    This summer has been rough; all of the baseball games make for some tired boys. Our days don’t seem to get started in time to do anything. I am 25 weeks pregnant with #4 and work a few overnights as an RN, so I often don’t have a lot of energy either.

    • Avatar Christin says:

      Oh Angeline, do not beat yourself up if this isn’t your season for this! We are not all in a position to do this, so allow yourself that freedom. 🙂

  • Avatar Jennie says:

    Getting up before anyone else in the morning really helps make my day go by better. Taking time for devotion to God and cup of coffee makes the day start out peaceful and when that happens I can use the peace I created to help me be the Christan mother and wife God wants me to be. I love trying to encourage others and sharing your posts.

  • Avatar Jane says:

    Getting up before the kids makes a huge difference in how my day goes!

  • Avatar Marie says:

    My mornings are okay. They have been more difficult the last week with getting out of bed because I’m not getting INTO bed early enough at night. I have a few things that I need to tweek as well so that I can really maximize my mornings! Thanks for the great giveaway. 🙂

  • Avatar Jennifer says:

    Wish I was doing better….like another commenter, my husband is a night owl. Going to bed while he is still up is hard for me and I just need more sleep than he seems too. As much as I hate to nap, I may start incorporating a 20 minute power nap into my afternoon.

  • Avatar Shannon L says:

    my husband sleeps in late & stays up late (because of his job) so I’m trying to find a balance so that I can spend time with him before going to bed, but still get up early enough to get things done. Not going very well so far…

  • Avatar Sarah Saffran says:

    I am so encouraged by all the comments here.. I totally fell off the wagon in MYM and my fb group has gone silent as well.. I still feel convicted to work on this challenge. I defnitely need something new/ different to help me. Maybe a text accountability would work..

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    My mornings have been pretty disorganized since the death of my father-in-law a week ago (which is reasonable)… 🙁

    • Avatar Sara H says:

      Sarah, so sorry to hear this. I will say a prayer for you and your family. Life will get back to “normal” and then you can worry about your schedule. (((hugs)))

  • Avatar Kel says:

    Thank you for this post. I’ve been struggling as well, and it’s just what I needed to hear right now. Thanks for the giveaway, too. From the sound of it, I could use some of those items. 🙂

  • Avatar Laura says:

    I don’t have young kids so I’m not sure what my excuse is… I am a night owl and I am close to 50. It is hard to change habits. I am really trying different things to see what will work. I know that going to be early is a key. I need to find an exercise routine and I LOVE the Philippians Bible study. Just need to get up and enjoy my quiet time.

  • Avatar Kristine S. says:

    I have been able to get up at my goal time most mornings and have had some great quiet times. Some mornings my kids get up with me and then it is pretty impossible to get in quiet time.

  • Avatar Becky says:

    I haven’t really been actively participating with MYM. Maybe I should! Lol! I know I feel awesome when I get right into my quiet time, and then start on chores (no matter how small). It’s very rewarding to feel like I’ve accomplished something early on. Some days, I look at the clock and see it’s already 2 pm, and I’ve basically done nothing. So I know it’s something that would definitely help!

    The giveaway looks awesome btw! 🙂

  • Avatar Tiffeny says:

    Thanks for your post. Getting in the quite time in the morning is the best way to start the day. I think it allows you to relax and rejuvenate before your kids are up and bugging you. Some mornings are definitely hard but I will be making a full effort to see if this will work.

  • Avatar Shannon Alexander says:

    My mornings still are not going so well. I really need to work on getting to bed earlier. For a while I was still getting some time in my Bible but thats seems to be gone again and I have to start all over.

    • Avatar Sara H says:

      Have you tried making a schedule? Especially scheduling a bedtime. I’ve found it helpful to get to bed with enough time to sleep so I know I can get up in the morning at a decent hour. You’ll have to tweak it for a while, but you can get there. There’s nothing wrong with starting over, at least it’s starting. 🙂 Good luck.

      • Avatar Shannon Alexander says:

        Thanks Sara! The main struggle at night right now is I don’t get much sleep because my kids won’t sleep through the night (they are 4, 2, and 1!). The oldest two will come in our room. It is always a struggle. I try to get up and put them back in their room so they don’t think they can come in whenever they want but sometimes I just give in and let them stay in our bed and we get no sleep at all! We are a work in progress!

    • Avatar Christy says:

      Shannon,
      I have a 3 1/2 year old and a 2 year old and am due in a month with #3. To everything there is a season, right? 🙂 I am encouraged to know that other moms with small children have a hard time getting up early b/c sometimes I think I’m the only one! My kids are also terrible sleepers at night, and I am terrified of what getting up with a newborn is going to do to my fatigue level. In desperation I just ordered the “Teach Me Time” kids’ alarm clock off of amazon, and I think it is going to help tremendously with my 3 1/2 year old’s habit of getting out of bed at 5:45. Thought I’d pass that along to you to see if it might work to help your kids stay in bed…it turns green when it’s okay to “go” or get out of bed. I hear great things about it and am looking forward to getting mine in the mail! Hang in there…and tell me the same thing in a month or two. 🙂

  • Avatar Sara H says:

    Funny. I was actually going to post next week about scheduling and the whole getting up early thing. It’s been working GREAT!! I am so surprised at how responsive the kids (read The Teenager) has been. (Now, by responsive I don’t mean “happy.” :D)

  • Avatar Jena says:

    I try to get up, but haven’t been too successful. My husband always seems to want to talk when I am heading to bed and I am such a night owl. I am trying though!

    • Avatar Sara H says:

      Jena, Can you maybe take a rest in the afternoon so you can still chat with your hubby & get enough rest? BTW, it’s way cool that your husband likes to talk with you. 🙂

  • As many have mentioned, the summer has given way to staying up late and sleeping in. I am going to take your advice and ask a friend to be my text buddy in the morning.

    Thanks for the encouraging post.

    Just shared it on facebook!

  • Avatar camille lopez says:

    i posted on my MYM challenge FB board

  • Avatar camille lopez says:

    just posted a scripture on FB as encouragment 🙂

  • Avatar Heather says:

    I have struggled for a LONG time trying to maximize my mornings. The thing that finally did it for me was… getting a puppy!! We have a young, large dog, who needs lots of exercise. And since walking him later in the day would mean walking at the pace of my three-year-old while pushing a stroller, I find it better to go early in the morning. The dog sleeps downstairs and starts barking at 5:15 every morning. So I have to go down to let him out, and since by then I’m already up, I put on some shoes and head out with him. We walk for about half an hour, and I come home energized and wide awake! Then I have time for prayer, shower, and getting dressed, all before the kids wake up.

    • Avatar Stephanie says:

      Great idea – not only do you get a family pet, but also an “alarm clock” who will make sure you get up! Your post reminded me of my mom – she and my dad have a yellow lab. He gets up every morning at 5:45 and makes *sure* she gets up too – rain, shine, time change – he’s very consistent 😀

    • Avatar Christin says:

      Heather, that’s awesome! Bonus because you get the exercise right off the bat!
      Your new puppy is your accountability buddy. 😉

  • Avatar Heidi says:

    I have been walking / running in the mornings and really enjoying it. That helps me want to get out of bed.

    • Avatar Christin says:

      I think exercise is a great start to the day because it really gets your blood going and those endorphins {the happy drug!} kickin’! 🙂

  • Avatar GinnyLou says:

    Having a rough time getting up early, but hoping to get back on track soon.

  • Avatar Stephanie says:

    What a great give-away! My morning times are back on track – I had a few weeks where I couldn’t motivate out of bed, but was able to get back on track after vacation. Now I’m up for exercise, quiet time with the Lord, and a shower before my girls get up. Definitely makes for a less hectic day. I notice the difference when I skip my morning routine.

  • Avatar Lollie says:

    Gotta get back on the wake up wagon! 🙂

  • Avatar Jennifer Z says:

    Mornings are still tough. I think my next step is to ask my husband to become my accountability coach.

  • Avatar Elisha says:

    Just found your blog and it is just what I needed! I’ve been *trying* to get back into a morning routine on my own for a while. Love the support here and love your blog!!

  • Avatar Angela says:

    Although I’m not currently a part of HelloMornings, I think I may need to join up. You are all an inspiration! Fight the good fight!

  • Avatar JacquelineB says:

    How are my mornings going? They’re not. Going that is. I go to bed between 1 and 2AM, and wake only early enough to make coffee before having to wake my husband. I have a lot of chores/tasks to accomplish in the morning so I start the day racing and feeling behind. My husband gets home from work late and that puts our whole schedule later than most. When looking over my day and responsibilities, it seems 7AM is the ideal time for me to rise. But that never happens when I go to bed at 1 or 2.
    I recently recruited a local friend tocall or text at 7 like Christin mentions, but I’ve been naughty and have ignored it or turned off my ringer or even gone back to sleep after she calls. 😮 I know – lame. I ask for help, then weasel out of accountability. I seem beyond helping.
    Tweeting doesn’t really work for me. My Facebook group has gone silent.
    I want to change. I want to live a life that glorifies God and blesses my husband, children, family, friends and community. But my laziness has had the opposite effect for 10 years now. I am like the foolish woman tearing down her own house. I have despaired over this in the past. Now I feel resigned to never getting it right. I know this whole problem of my life is a heart issue for me.

    • Avatar Christin says:

      Jacqueline,
      Friend, you are not alone in the way you feel. I have (and still do at times) battle with laziness and weaseling out of accountability. I usually have all kinds of excuses. After so long, it gets old. You know?

      But know there is always hope and God is patient with us. Don’t give up trying and receive the grace God extends so that you can begin again.

      Waking up early is not a commandment…but I think many of us have found that it’s something that really helps our days run smooth. If that’s not going to work for you in this season, don’t beat yourself up over it. Find something that works for YOU and your family. Quiet time in the evening before bed? Quiet prayer or Bible study? Maybe a quick clean up around the house so it’s fresh and ready in the morning? Do what works for you. 🙂

  • Avatar Tracy says:

    My six month old has been waking up more at night the past couple of weeks but I am still managing to get up because it gives me a much better perspective on the day. Ironically, I am struggling with the planning time–I say ironic because I am a planner. I think it is tough for me with two little ones.

  • I am still struggling with getting up. It will be a lifelong challenge.

  • Avatar Kristi says:

    I love this post Christin!!! It’s awesome how we’ve grown together as a body and are loving helping one another!!!

    I’ve been looking into doorposts items for my boys…would LOVE to win this package!!!!

    • Avatar Christin says:

      Thanks Kristi! I agree, I love seeing the body of Christ helping and spurring one another along. It’s God’s desire for us. 🙂

      I absolutely love Doorposts! The winner will be blessed, that’s for certain! 🙂

  • Avatar Chelsea says:

    Mornings: Thumbs down. Definitely need more accountability.

  • Avatar Angela says:

    I’m working on getting up early every morning! I tried it this last week and felt so productive when I got my Bible reading, prayer, planning, and exercising in before my little guy woke up. Now I need to stay consistent!

  • Avatar Linda H says:

    I’ll be honest, my mornings aren’t great. Miss 4 is our early riser, so she wakes us. From the on it’s a constant rush of trying to get everyone up and organised, that’s 3 girls and one hard-to-wake husband. I have noticed I often start the day feeling annoyed, even before I’m out of bed! Lately I have been reading a devotional over my morning coffee and I am finding I’m starting to feel more positive – the more I bring God back, the better I feel.

  • Avatar Christy says:

    Well, I was doing really good until my 3 1/2 year old started getting up at 5:45 al this last week. 😛 So frustrating. I was loving my time from 6-7 alone to prepare for the day! Really convicted to read those words in the above post “prepare ourselves to welcome our children into the day as opposed to making them feel they are intruding on us.” Pretty sure I can’t drag this 9 months pregnant body out of bed any earlier…going to have to figure out something else that works!

  • Avatar Jill says:

    My mornings have been going fairly well except for my exercising. I have had my qt for many years, but I my real struggle is getting motivated to exercise. I have the time, but not the desire.

    We all go through seasons, especially when we are pregnant, however, just having a verse to meditate on or saying a prayer before getting out of bed is better than nothing.

  • Avatar Nicole says:

    What a great giveaway! 🙂

    My mornings aren’t going so hot. I’m not waking up as early as I’d want to, AT ALL! :l I’d really like to establish a routine, but I have *such* a hard time waking up. I sleep wayyy to soundly. lol

  • Avatar Julie W says:

    Mornings are still a challenge, but one day at a time!

  • Avatar Lisa Fischer says:

    I have been unofficially taking this challenge and love it! Getting up has actually become easier but I am still not doing everything in I would like. So focus still a problem. That coupled with unpredictable hubby schedule and the exercise piece I need is still missing. But I’m hopeful and pressing onward towards the prize as God and I iron out the wrinkles. It feels great! Thank you so much!

  • Avatar Mel B. says:

    It is a struggle for me to get up early. It seems the earlier I get up the earlier the kids get up. 🙂 I like the idea of feeling refreshed and not making the kids feel like they are intruding, but often they are. I definitely need some extra encouragement in this practice. 🙂

    • Avatar Jenny says:

      How is it that small people SENSE the moment we wake up??? Keep at it, in my experience, it gets better. We still have some days when they wake up early at our house, but usually I get a good hour or 2 in the morning. (Today is one of those early mornings, so my big boys are in bed with books.)

  • Avatar Teressa says:

    i use to wake up early in the morning and and do my routine i go for my walk to have fresh air at the same time i do my exercise.i do online job and i sleep late it’s like i sleep just 5 hours a day.all i do is to keep stay fit and eat healthy food.

  • Avatar Jenny says:

    Number 3 was the motivation I needed to finally get up early. I just could no longer think to plan anything when there were 3 little ones (4 and under) who needed my attention. Fortunately, this has also led to much more regular Bible Study. I love it! (Hehe – and the plus is that I also get some time with my early-rising hubby this way! Although…I think he’s still wondering if some “body snatcher” incident has happened. 🙂

  • Avatar RachelleB says:

    Awesome idea Christin & Christine! Maybe this is what I need, my mornings are still hit or miss too.

  • Avatar Morgan says:

    The biggest help for me is to GO TO BED EARLY–the same time my husband goes to bed. I also clear my desk off and get it ready for my date with God the next morning. 🙂

  • Avatar Liane says:

    Hello. I’ve wanted to join in the challenge for almost a year now but have lots of “great” excuses. I really don’t do facebook and know nothing of twitter. Is there a way to join a group that isn’t dependent on either of those sites and uses good old email and/or texting instead? 🙂

  • Avatar Shawnda says:

    My mornings are going well now that my sister-in-law and I have been texting each other at 5:30 a.m.! We began week 3 today!

    Thanks for your site and inspiration!

  • Avatar Angela Smit says:

    THANK YOU for writing what you do–it is regularly changing my life!! You are GOOD at what you do! I finally sat down & planned out my week (after meaning to for several weeks)–I feel so very accomplished & empowered!! My nanny (in-home childcare while I work FT) & my kids keep asking me all the questions that this will answer!!! THANKS FOR COACHING ME!!

  • Avatar Meredith says:

    I have been struggling with the getting up. I desperately need to do it, but it just doesn’t seem terribly important at the moment…I think that what the post said today about not having my morning planned out before I go to bed is the problem.

    Thanks for all the encouragement and inspiration!

  • Avatar Nohea says:

    I’m 6mo pregnant and have a 14month old running around. I became inspired to start waking up for over 2 months now at around 5am. I became convicted that I needed to start doing this because this is the only time during the day that I have time to work on myself (exercise), and also spend time with the Lord. I’m not always perfect in attendance, but I feel so much better now! Like Kat says, planning is key! With time being a precious commodity, I now realize how intentional I need to be with it. I’m always encouraged and filled by each post and article. Thank you and blessings!

  • Avatar Ruth says:

    I started sleeping with the kids once school was out, but then found it too hard to fit in quiet time with God and exercise. So, I’m getting back on track now 🙂

  • Avatar Shelley says:

    I was doing GREAT with MYM until three weeks ago…travel, sickness, more travel. I am hopping back to my MYM tomorrow, though! CAnnot wait to get back to routine!
    Thanks for all you do!! 🙂

  • Avatar Kari says:

    Since Baby #2, my mornings feel like my waistline: gone. Did I really once wake up at 5:30 without an alarm? Did I actually bounce out of bed to go for my morning run?

    I really miss my morning run; but due to current life circumstances, it’s just not possible to always have that morning run/swim. I feel lost without it. And when I don’t feel good/fit physically, it has a large influence on the rest of my outlook, kind of like when I grow tired of rainy season (I live in Brazil). But that’s where the power of our mind and thoughts come into play. Thanks for the continued encouragement and example you all provide. Tomorrow is another day, a fresh start. May it be the first of many successful mornings to come.

    “The sun’ll come out tomorrow…”

    I really miss running

  • Avatar Tara says:

    This looks like a great prize! I’ve been doing really well with getting out of bed… well, until the school holidays… am I allowed to get up later in the holidays? 😉

  • Avatar Kylee says:

    My mornings haven’t gone consistently well since I had kids 🙁 but it’s SUCH a better day when I’m up early…working on it. Thanks for the chance to win this great prize!

  • Avatar Kylee says:

    I shared on FB 🙂

  • Avatar Sara A in SC says:

    Still working on the mornings, but the days I get up are so much better than the days I do not.

  • Avatar Natalie says:

    Hi all,
    This has been on my mind a lot lately. I work a full-time job and have a 5 yr old. Summers are an extremely busy time and I feel like I am operating on fumes. But I know I would feel better and do better if I went to bed earlier and woke up before my family so I could pray and just have a quiet moment. If there is anyone out there that would like to be a texting accountability partner please let me know via email: npayne831@yahoo.com. Thanks so much for the great idea!
    Natalie

  • Avatar Erin says:

    I have been getting up at 4:40 three mornings per week to jog with friends. While I think that has been wonderful, I know I can’t keep it up when I get back into school….so, I am beginning a new plan this week! I am going to get up at 5:15 to begin my workout and quiet time, and I am going to maintain it with help from those same friends, who will text me! To God be the glory!!!

  • Avatar Christa says:

    My mornings are not going well. They were fine until travelling…now they need improvement and I think using texting with a friend may be the thing I need! I’ll email her now. 🙂

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