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.â€¨â€¨
â€¨â€¨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. â€¨â€¨
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. â€¨â€¨
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.â€¨â€¨
Mentally prepare yourself for the day.
â€¨â€¨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. â€¨â€¨
By Christin, Joyful Mothering â€¨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.â€¨â€¨
A Giveaway For You!!
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…
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.)