Kris’ Story: Why It’s Worth It to Lose A Little Sleep

A few friends I met during the Hello Mornings Challenge: Aubrey, Kristi, me, Christine and Michelle.

(Note from Kat: Today’s post is from HelloMornings Team member Kris, who blogs at Always Alleluia.)

The alarm goes off at 0’dark thirty A.M. Before you start rolling your eyes, let me just say that I rarely make it out of bed at right then. But that’s the goal. Why would a tired mother of four sacrifice at least two potentially amazing hours of sleep, by her own choice?

I’ll tell you.

Because it makes a difference.

Before this season of life, I’d cling to my pillow, I’d roll out of bed when the baby beckoned or the toddlers moaned for breakfast.

I had no time to fully wake-up before I’d be forced to fully engage.

I resented the immediate demands put on me before I had the opportunity to make it to the bathroom, or grab a turbo shower.

When my oldest was two, if I didn’t shower before he got up, I’d be waiting until nap time or later that evening after my husband came home. And as for managing a decent devotional time?

Yeah, that wasn’t happening much either.

Spiritually, I was starving. Resentment swelled. A hole opened up in my spirit because there was no order to my mornings, no structure in place for my day.

I gained weight.

I lived in my stretched out yoga pants and ratty t-shirts.

I was irritable–restless.

It sounds bleak because it was.

Time passed, more babies, more weight, more demands on my time–

I realized something needed to change. Enter Hello Mornings.

Kat describes Hello Mornings like this:

The Hello Mornings Challenge was birthed to encourage Christian women toward the life-giving habit of waking up early.”

How is getting up early “life-giving”?

Simply put, when you, as a Mom, are rooted in scripture and prayed up for the day, you have the ability to pour out more of yourself for your children, and family.

For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45

I know this from experience. I am about to begin my third Hello Mornings challenge and I have tasted the fruit that results from rising to the challenge (pun intended!)

Hello Mornings is a community of women who encourage and build each other up in Truth. <–Tweet This

It’s a network of faithful souls who lift each other in prayer, and hold accountable their fellow group members.

It’s hard to get up before the sun. It’s hard to exercise and plan and spend time in prayer when you’d rather be sleeping. I know.

But sometimes, God calls us to do the hard things. When we step out of our comfort zone and are forced to rely more fully on Him, He grows us in ways we couldn’t have imagined.

The women who participate in Hello Mornings don’t have a super power. They have friends and sisters in Christ holding them up in prayer. They have God in their hearts and on their lips as they encourage through scripture and kind words.

My life has been changed for the better by the Hello Mornings challenge.

There are over 3000 women registered for the fall Hello Mornings challenge from countries all over the world. That’s amazing. That’s God’s hand right there.

Registration for the next session will start in December, but you can join us now by following and using the twitter hash tag #hellomornings. Even if you aren’t officially part of the challenge, consider following the tweets, you’ll be blessed by what you read. That’s how I first discovered Hello Mornings. I’ve been impacted for the better as a result.

For more encouragement and “method behind the madness” of all this early rising, download Kat’s FREE ebook, Maximize Your Mornings.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

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About Kris
Kris is a Jesus loving wife and momma to four kids. She serves as an Advocate for Compassion International and as the MOPS coordinator for her church. Besides homeschooling her kids, in her free time, Kris writes, runs, and pretends she’s a photographer and famous chef. You can follow her musings on faith, life and motherhood at her personal blog, Always Alleluia and on Facebook and twitter.

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  • Great and honest post about the struggles we face as early rising mamas, and what a blessing it truly is to wake before the kids! Loved this, will probably read it again on the mornings I am having trouble getting out of bed!

  • Avatar aurie says:

    Love your heart Kris!! It is so hard to roll out of bed {especially NOW when it’s dark and cool} but my days are so much better by being grounded in Him before I begin.

    • Avatar Kris says:

      Amen, Aurie. That is the truth, it IS hard, but it is totally worth it. Truly. I always regrt the days when I fail to rise for the challenege. Every time. Thankfully, those are significantly fewer since finding and becoming a part of this beautiful community!

  • Avatar aubrey says:

    And this is WHY we do it! Well said my friend. I’m so thankful for you!

  • Avatar Michelle says:

    Amen, my friend. You are such an encouragement to me for these difficult mornings. Not sure if I will ever be a morning person, but I wouldn’t give up my HelloMornings for anything. Pressing on! Love you Kris!

    • Avatar Kris says:

      Yes, I agree, I wouldn’t give up my mornings for anything either. I love and lean on the fellowship of the HellMornings community- so thankful to have met YOU through it!! Love you!

  • Avatar Amy Hunt says:

    Once you begin to see the rewards, that morning time becomes coveted time. This is our lives we’re talking about. And putting ourselves first matters. It’s worship. Truly.

    What beautiful encouragement here, Kris. As always. Blessings, friend. xxx

    • Avatar Kris says:

      Yes, it is serious business, and it matters. God honors our small sacrifices and blesses us in our obedience. It’s a joy to rise and worship in the mornings!! It’s a gift! 😉 Bless you, Amy! Thank you for encouraging me! XXOO

  • Avatar sonja lange says:

    I am worried about losing time on the other end – the only time I get to spend with my husband is is right before bed and if I have to go to bed earlier…

    • Avatar Kat Lee says:

      Sonja,
      It doesn’t have to be getting up super early. It could just be 10-15 minutes. Adjust your schedule slowly and you won’t miss out on anything. And maybe? You husband might start joining you in the morning! Also, God wants our marriages to be strong, so He’ll lead you in the right direction when we’re regularly spending time with Him.

      Praying for you!

      • Avatar Kris says:

        praying for you, Sonja, That God would show you pockets of time in your schedule where you might be able to adjust to enjoy some time with the Lord, and of course with your husband. Bless you, sweet Sonja. God is with you!

    • Avatar Maurie says:

      I have the exact same problem! My husband often doesn’t finish at work until sometime between 7-9pm, so it is really difficult to spend time with him unless it’s late at night. He is also not a morning person. What I have found that helps (not a perfect solution, but it’s a step in the right direction) is to jump out of bed as soon as his alarm goes off. He doesn’t get up for another 10-30 minutes, so I have at least a little time in the morning to get started on the right foot.

      • Avatar Kris says:

        Great idea, Maurie! The trick is jumping out of bed! LOL. I know if I start hitting the “snooze” button, I’m in trouble. Keep it up, my friend!

  • What you described is actually what is happening in my life now. I was a morning person when I was at school, but not after I had my first daughter.
    Now, I have a toddler and a 3 weeks baby girl, my mornings are not consistent at all. It is hard. Not only taking care 2 kids, but also living in a different culture and country, away from my parents, and many things in my life that I’d like to accomplish, needy for accountable friends – all those things are my big challenges in my life. Most of all I am longing to spend time with my God, I am starving of spiritual food, the food that can give me nutrition to my spiritual life and growth. I know I need Him and His word, but I hardly can find sometimes to have a quite time with Him.

    I need help, encouragement and a community that can lift me up when I am down – then I found HelloMorning group. I need more!

    • Avatar Kris says:

      Helen, Hey, hon, listen, give yourself a little break. You *just* had a baby. Yes, you need time with the Lord, but you also need whatever rest you can get. Perhaps just try listening to scripture during those early morning nursings, or whenever you can? I find that even when I cant seem to sit still for a quiet time, I can listen to sermons and scripture and that helps fill my tank too! If you have an iphone, you can download an App called “downcast” and subscribe to many amazing podcasts to listen to whenever. I do that and enjoy tons of great sermons and podcasts (including Kat’s Inspired To Action!) Praying for you, my friend. that God would bless whatever time you can manage with Him. I KNOW how hard it is. We have no family in the area and having been there four times, with a newborn and children underfoot, I remember that exhaustion well. I’m praying for you!!

  • Avatar Janis cox says:

    Oh Kris,
    This is so special – I just love it. Ten years ago I slept in until the last possible moment. Then when I tried to pray or read – I had to deal with my husband, my dog and phone calls. Interruptions.
    I had just given my life to Christ and asked my mentor – I have no time to pray or get close to God and I can’t find a quiet time during the day.
    She said: “Ask God to wake you up!”
    And no kiddin’ for the past 12 years He has woken me up – mostly at 6am – the time I first asked him to wake me.
    So YES – get up – take that time to renew your life with God – it will make all the difference.

    • Avatar Kris says:

      Ha, I love it, Janis! God is so good, isn’t He?! He always finds a way to get us to hang out with Him!! What a sweet testimony of His love and desire for communion with you! I love this!! Thank you for sharing this with me! 😉

  • Avatar Lauren says:

    That was my morning this morning, when I let my alarm keep going and when I DID get off, shirked in my devos. Granted, I’m sick as a dog, but that’s no excuse (as I know you’ve been sick too). I always say I’m a train wreck waiting to happen on the days I don’t do my quiet time. I NEED it. WANT it. Hunger for it. Grateful for you and so many others who encourage me to stay on track!

  • Avatar Theresa says:

    I know I NEED to do this for my own sake. I find I am snappy to the ones who mean the most to me. I now believe it is because I’m missing my time alone in prayer, in thought, just a-lone!
    Thanks for the nudge to get a move on.

    • Avatar Kris says:

      Theresa, you can do it! I know when I dont have my time with the Lord, I am a mess and just generally ugly towards others. it’s shameful, but it truly impacts my entire being. I never realized how critical it was, but now, I see the changes and I know first hand the value of that time spent with Him. You can do it, I am praying for you!!

  • Avatar Joyce says:

    This is a wonderful post, Kris! I need my HelloMornings!!…so thankful for my group and the accountability it brings.

  • Avatar Renee says:

    I wish I could be a morning person! I think that would be my norm if it wasn’t for my work schedule. I’m a nurse and I work the evening shift, so I get home at midnight and go to bed immediately because I know my alarm (the kids) will wake me way too soon. And then it’s go-go-go for the rest of the day. I wish I could find a consistent time for prayer and study, but my days are anything but consistent.
    You’ve painted a beautiful picture of what it could be for me someday, though!

  • I am a morning person. I enjoy my quiet time alone so much that now that the kids are older if they do wake up early they tend to hang out in their rooms because they know mommy is a much nicer mommy if you give her some time alone in the morning. Is that bad?

  • Avatar Heather says:

    What a beautiful post, Kris. My sister and I have issued eachother this challenge for the month of April. It has been so refreshing…