Note from Kat: Today’s post is from Mandi Ehman. She’s definitely one of my blogging heroes. She runs the blog network Life…Your Way, and does so with incredible integrity and professionalism. I’ve been so impressed by her as I’ve gotten to know her this past year. Today, she shares about her struggle with morning Quiet Times and the solution she found.
Confession: I’ve been a Christian for more than 18 years, and quiet times are still something I struggle with.
It’s not that I don’t like getting up early in the morning; I am up before the sun most days.
It’s not that I don’t love God’s word; I do. I really do.
But there have always been so many rules and expectations around quiet times, and I find myself buckling under those pressures over and over and over again.
“You should do it first thing, before anything else, because it’s the most important part of your day.”
Don’t get me wrong. Doing your quiet time first thing in the morning is a good thing — or can be, at least — but I’m not convinced that it’s always the best thing for everybody in every circumstance.
You see, I wake up in the morning with a to-do list running through my head. It’s not a stressed out or anxious to-do list, just a list of things I need to do. And when I try to sit down and do my quiet time first thing, that list keeps me from focusing. I end up rushing through my Bible reading and prayer so I can start on my list.
But then I discovered several months that I do much better if I just keep my Bible on my desk. I knock out a good portion of my to-do list first thing and can spend some time in the Word without pressure or rushing…just because I want to.
Let’s Learn From One Another
Do you struggle with the mornings? Have you found a different rhythm that works for you in your current season of life?Share with us in the comments!
Mandi Ehman is a wife and homeschooling mom of four spunky girls. She’s also the founder of Life…Your Way, where she helps her readers sort through all of the information and opinions that are thrown at them each day to make the best decisions for their families on everything from organizing and decorating to success and motherhood.Leave a Comment