With each new day, we are reminded of the faithfulness of the Lord. His grace meets us as our eyes flutter open, and we get a chance to start again. We get another chance to love those babies, another chance to make a difference, another chance to enjoy the presence of our God.
Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. – Psalm 90:14 NLT
Take a moment to think about how you would describe most mornings. As peaceful? Hectic? Enjoyable? Crazy busy? For me, there is a little bit of both. There are some mornings that are relaxed and so enjoyable, and then there are those where it is a mad dash to get out the door. I appreciate those days when I make the most of my mornings, whether I am up early having some alone time or whether I’m enjoying cuddles on the couch with my little ones.
What are your favorite morning past times? Here are ten things that make my mornings super special.
1. Cuddle time with the kiddos. Sometimes it doesn’t happen, but when it does, it is oh-so-sweet. Like when they are actually all sitting still long enough to just enjoy snuggling on the couch together. Mmmm. I just drink it in.
2. Coffee. This is a morning must for me. I usually go for two cups in the morning before the kids wake up. Is it bad that I sometimes go to bed thinking about how good that coffee’s going to be in the morning?
3. Books with the littles. I enjoy this most when we’ve already eaten breakfast but we still have on our pajamas. Reading together is a great way to spend quality time! And I know I’m feeding their minds first thing in the day (right after their tummies).
4. Folding laundry. Okay, I admit it. I actually enjoy folding laundry. I wonder how come I can’t seem to keep it folded on a regular basis. To me, folding laundry while I pray in the Spirit (before the kids wake up and it’s super quiet) is a great way to get my thoughts together for the day.
5. Pancake breakfasts. This usually only happens on Saturdays, but this is another thing I look forward to almost as much as coffee. I love blueberry pancakes, but my kids and hubby just like plain ones, so I make both. On the best days, I serve them with an assortment of fruit, eggs, and sausage or bacon. Mmmmm!
6. Prayer and Bible study. There is nothing like those quiet moments before the kids are awake, when I can just relish the presence of God and drink it in uninterrupted. In this season of my life, I am learning to enjoy Him even when it’s loud and crazy, but I still love it when I can get this quiet time with Him.
7. Planning my day. It makes such a difference when I get a few minutes to plan my day before just jumping into it. Whether I get to do it alone or I already have kids up and at ’em, I like to take a little notepad and jot down a few notes about my day. I may not get it all accomplished, and that’s okay. It helps me to have a plan.
8. Prayer time with Byron. At least once or twice a week, my husband and I try to pray together (and sometimes dream and plan, too) before the kids wake up. In this season of life especially, it’s so important for us to be on the same page. This time together is so valuable!
9. Sit on the back porch. I love to sit on my porch swing in the early morning hours before it gets hot outside. (In the summer, it gets hot early here in Alabama.) I listen to the birds and the wind in the trees. I notice how peacefully the world around me is waking up, and it awakens my soul as well. I can feel the life coursing through my veins. (See how just imagining it helps me tap into my spirit?!)
10. Sleep until the kids wake up. About once a week, I just have to turn off the alarm clock and let myself sleep until the kids wake up. This is usually only until 7 or 7:30, but sometimes I just need it. Normally I love getting up early to get started with the day, but it does me good to just sleep this extra bit every once in a while.
What do you love about your mornings? I’d like to hear about it!
I am going through the Makeover Your Mornings online course right now, and I’m learning even more about how to make my mornings count. I have always enjoyed my time in the mornings, but I’m learning a lot so far about little things I can do that will make a big difference in how things run around here. (The course was created by Crystal Paine, a successful work-at-home mom who rocks!)