I'm not a morning person. Anyone in my life who knows me well knows this. I'm a night owl in the worst way. If I go to bed before midnight I feel like I'm missing out on something. Don't ask me why because I'm not quite sure what I think I'm missing at that time of the night.
When morning rolls around, I want nothing more than to bury myself deeper into my pillow and cover my head with my blanket and ignore the light coming through my windows. It's a hard knock life I tell ya.
Lately, however, I'm learning how important it is to start my day right by starting my morning right. If I have a late start in the morning, the rest of my day seems to be pretty unproductive and lazy. If I get up and get going at a decent hour (read 7 am), I am in a more productive mindset and those days seem to be very productive.
So I find myself in quite a battle of wills here. I want so badly to be a morning person. I want to be abel to set my alarm and pop out of bed the first time it goes off. I want to get up early and work out, shower and read my Bible all before the kids get up. I want to be über productive and cheery in the mornings. But none of this comes naturally for me. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Now that I'm staying home, it's much harder to get myself up and at em' each morning because there is no specific place I have to be (unless it's doctor appointment days).
I think the only way I'm going to be able to achieve this goal will be by the power of God and His ability to perform miracles. It's imperative that I learn to make my mornings productive and be a better steward of this time God is giving me at home with my children. I also believe that God calls all mothers and wives to make the house a home. To make it a safe haven for the family. To make it peaceful and cheerful and a place the family looks forward to being in. This will not be possible if I wake up late everyday and the house is in constant disarray and messy. A messy, dirty house causes stress and is not a haven of peace and cheerfulness in any way, shape or form. I don't believe that this means we are expected to keep a perfect house. That's not possible when you have little kids. I do believe we are to do our best with what we are given and make our house as homy as possible though.
I've been reading a book called "Uniquely Woman" by Kay Arthur and it addresses the issue of making your house a home. It's been a wonderful book so far and I'm looking forward to reading more. She writes about things like "living on purpose" and other things that we forget to do when we're down in the trenches of motherhood and housewife-hood each day. It's hard to see beyond that at times, so we need someone to remind us that this is a calling from the Lord. We are making a difference with every mess we clean up, every dirty diaper we change, each bag of trash we take out to the curb, each peanut butter and jelly sandwich we make, every tear we wipe from our toddler's cheek, every bottle we make, and every crayon/marker scribbling we clean up from our couches and TVs (this specifically happened to me this week!).
I've now been inspired to make each morning count. To get up and read my Bible first thing. To make my coffee and drink it from my new coffee mug that my church gave all the mother's for Mother's Day (mine has the word Hope on it and a verse that speaks of hope). To spend one on one time with each of my daughters, even when there are other things that are piling up for me to do. To make my husband a cup of coffee and greet him with a cheerful smile, love in my eyes and a kiss before he heads out for a long day of hard work. To enjoy the beautiful days the Lord gives us. To appreciate the simple, small house we are blessed to live in.
Will every morning go as planned? No, surely not. Will I always make it up at the right time? Most definitely not! Will I have a good disposition each time I hear that alarm go off, signaling the beginning of my day? Preposterous! Will it make a difference and get easier the more I do it? I believe so.
I'm going to take it one day at a time and one goal at a time. Right now I want to focus on starting my day with my coffee and Bible reading time. That relaxes me right away and puts my mind in the right place. I'm way behind on my yearly Bible reading plan (I'm going through the New Testament in a year) so I have been reading extra each day to catch up. I'm hoping by the end of this month I'll be completely on track again! (Yes, I'm that far behind!)
So, maybe you can join me on my new quest to become a morning person, or at least live like I'm a morning person. Are you a morning person? Do you have a morning routine? What helped you to get into this habit? What do you still struggle with? Take a minute and share your story with me. I could really use some encouragement and accountability!