Well, wow! I’m so excited about the wonderful response to the Maximize Your Mornings Challenge!
I can’t help but think that all the worn Bibles, knees and early morning lamp lights will make God smile.
And I love what @melissahandal said on Twitter:
My heart is overflowing with joy, as I pray about this group of strangers that God has transformed to sisters. #hellomornings
It’s so wonderful to see everyone greeting, encouraging and inspiring one another.
If you haven’t joined us, it’s not too late! Get the info here.
A Little Inspiration
I’ve shared this video before, but I thought I’d post it again in the hope that it will encourage and inspire you as you journey toward faithful daily time with God.
FYI – Accountability Captains
This week, we will assign each of you on Twitter to an accountability captain. Once you have been assigned, each morning you’ll simply write your morning greeting with both the #hellomornings hashtag AND your AC’s Twitter name. If you go AWOL for a couple days, they’ll send you a friendly twitter message to make sure you’re doing ok and see if we can help in anyway.
How to Start Maximizing Your Mornings
Start small. I don’t recommend changing your schedule by more than 30 minutes at a time. One reason that we extended the challenge to cover a couple months is so that we can change more slowly.
Our goal is to create a lifelong habit. Our goal is not to force our way through and survive until March 25th.
A Few Keys to Success
1. Focus on your time with God first. Wake up 15 minutes earlier for a few weeks and just develop the habit of prayer and Bible study. Everything else pales in comparison.
2. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. If you’re getting up earlier, you MUST go to bed earlier too. That’s why adjust your schedule by only a few minutes a week is vital.
3. Remember that the habit is the goal. Don’t worry about praying for every person you’ve ever known or reading every book of the Bible. The habit is the goal.
Do whatever it takes to be faithful.
That might mean writing one verse on a notecard and reading it as you walk to get your early risers.
That might mean listening to an audio version of the Bible while you lay in bed.
Faithful things ALWAYS grow. Be faithful, no matter how unimpressive it looks.
My prayer is that when you are 93 years old, you’ll tell your great grandchildren that 2011 is the year God changed your life forever. And they will nod their heads because they are living your legacy of faithfulness.
What prayer, Bible study, waking up resources/ideas can you share to help us all on this journey? (Blogs, books, tips, encouragements, quotes etc.)
Please share them in the comments. Or if you have questions, share those as well and we’ll all do our best to help!Leave a Comment