I think most of us will agree that mornings are probably the most hectic part of the day next to sitting around in 5-o’clock traffic. We’re rushing to get ready for work (or to start the daily to-do list), scoffing down the quickest breakfast that we can find, trying to beat the rush on the highway, and if you have children then there’s no need for me to explain—hectic is more than likely the norm in your world. The tricky thing about mornings is that we have no earthly idea what we’re going to wake up to. We could wake up and find that the dog has chewed a hole in the carpet. We could wake up to a broken coffee pot (God forbid because I can’t even imagine). And more seriously, we could pick up our smartphones and find that an active shooter is locked inside of an airport with hundreds of innocent people. It’s a scary world out there and while we may not have full control over what we stumble upon throughout our day, we have complete control over how we choose to prepare for it. This is where a good morning routine comes into play.
There was once a time in my life where I was so anti-routine that it was a shame. Going with the flow felt good and that was enough for me. But as we grow, mature, and start adulting at extreme levels, we come to understand that a good morning routine equals stability which ultimately equals less room for error (also known as stress). In the same token, as we grow in our walk with Christ, we grow in our dependence on Him and the need to spend time with him before we deal with everyone and everything else is crucial to having an okay day. A Christ-centered morning routine has been my recipe for daily success and I’m going to guess that if you’re reading this, you’re ready to create your own. Here’s how:
Wake up early and acknowledge God
If you’re anything like me, you’re already rolling your eyes. You mean I have to wake up early to have a good day? Ultimately, yes. I’ll be honest; I am NOT a morning person. I would rather watch a thousand bad reruns of House Hunters than to wake up before I’m ready. But because I need to connect with the Father before I deal with my screaming children or the tragedy that I’ll see in the news for the day, waking up early is a sacrifice that I’ll continue to make. Even if you have to fight your way out the bed, God knows your heart and he will honor your sacrifice. As you roll out of bed, take a second to just say ‘Good Morning, Lord’. This simple gesture is so powerful. It helps you to remain God-conscious throughout the day and it acknowledges that he is first in your life. Waking up early also gives you the time to do things that you normally wouldn’t be able to do and it takes away that rushed feeling that you get as you’re trying to make your way out of the house. Anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half earlier than your usual time should work just fine.
Don’t check your phone for at least an hour
One of the things that I’ve started doing is leaving my phone on the other side of my room at night and allowing it to stay there for at least an hour while I start my routine. I can’t even begin to describe how much more peaceful my mornings have become. As a blogger, there are always social media notifications and emails waiting to be seen but just as quickly as I’ll check those notifications, I’ll end up perusing my timeline. There are always people, things, events, and interests that are looking to pull your attention away from what’s important. Making the choice to not check your phone is pretty much making a bold statement that no matter what, your need to seek God supersedes anyone and anything else. Leave the phone, keep your focus.
Pray, read, and meditate on the Word
This is usually where I turn on my worship music, grab my coffee and begin to converse with God. I gain direction for the day, I become spiritually full and I get equipped to take on the day. Joyce Meyer said in one of her messages that her quiet time in the mornings is where she puts on the full armor of God. Morning Prayer should do exactly that. You should be ready to combat the day and leave your quiet time knowing that God is with you and has supplied you with everything that you need. Take a look at this post for more direction on how to study your Bible.
Write your ‘Big Three’
I like to do this at night sometimes but you should always begin your day with a few daily goals. I like to call them the ‘big three’. Find three things that you want to focus on getting done for the day and get them done! Life is so satisfying when you’re accomplishing things, right? Right.
Do something that makes you happy
Finally, if you have time to spare, do something that makes you blissfully happy. Whether it’s dancing to your favorite song, lighting a few good candles around your home, or working on a hobby, spend some time doing it before you leave. It will make all the difference in your day.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all template to creating a Christ-centered morning but these simple steps are sure to get you started in the right direction. It’s up to you to fill it with the steps (or even take away) that you feel you may need. If you’re seeking Christ, seeking peace, seeking daily direction and seeking what fills your heart with joy, you’ve got everything you need to prepare you for the day. May your days be full of grace, peace and the joy of the Lord. God bless.
What are some of the things that you do in your morning routine?