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5 Morning Habits to Start Your Day God’s Way

Today we are talking about 5 morning habits to start your day God’s way. This post is more than just a productive routine for the morning. Because to be honest, there’s a lot of routines out there and there’s a lot of Pinterest posts out there that can help with routines in the morning to set up your day.

But what I kept finding was I didn’t just want to have a productive day. I didn’t just want to have a peaceful day. I wanted to start my day with simple habits that I could develop in myself to live the life God wanted me to have.

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Whenever you invest the time with the Lord in the morning, you will find loads of time later in the day.

I don’t know how it works, it just does!

So let’s dive into this list, I’ll be upfront, they’re not huge habits, but they’re simple enough that you can start implementing them tomorrow morning. If you’re listening to this in the morning, go ahead and start it today!

 

Morning Habit #1: Stretch While You Meditate on God’s Word

The first morning habit that I do to start my day God’s way is to stretch. That doesn’t seem like a very spiritual thing at the beginning, but I like to get my body moving.

I wake my body up, and while I stretch, I meditate on a particular verse.

In my daily Bible reading time, I find a verse and I memorize it for that week and I meditate on it.

*** Side Note: Meditation has kind of gotten a bad rap, but God’s word says to meditate on His words. It says to pay attention to His words and keep them in our hearts. Okay, back to your regularly scheduled program…

As I stretch, I take about five minutes and meditate on a verse that I feel the Lord has given me.

 

Morning Habit #2: Get dressed

Again, this is something else that doesn’t seem like it’s very spiritual at all, but whenever you get dressed, what you’re saying is, “I’m ready to start my day. I’m ready to move forward.”

I have a purpose. And I want to start my day ready to fulfill that purpose.

I really learned this lesson when I was home almost every day with my boys. Most of the time, we have somewhere to be so we get up and get dressed, but for moms that stay home or women that work at home, or maybe teachers in the summer who aren’t working. This is something that we can struggle with.

We stay in our pajamas until the afternoon and it can be easy to forget that we have a purpose, that we have something to do every day.

Especially if you’re home with kids, you definitely have a purpose. You are raising the next generation of world changers, so you need to get up with a purpose and part of that’s getting dressed.

There’s just something about getting dressed, that mentally prepares you for the day and that helps you to be more productive.

Getting dressed helps you focus your mind. There are a lot of verses in Proverbs that talk about idle hands, and about idle hearts.

I have found in my experience that if I don’t get dressed pretty early in the day that I ended up having idle hands. On those days, I ended up sitting and watching television or just kind of meandering around, not really getting a lot done.

But if I get up, I’ve stretched. I’ve moved my body, I’ve meditated on a verse that my mind’s already kind of working and then I get dressed. I’m ready for the day and normally whenever I get dressed I usually put on workout clothes.

Morning Habit #3: Spend Time with The Lord

At this point in my morning, I go into a different room and I have my Bible reading.

It doesn’t have to be an hour long. My motto is: Start small, stay consistent.

Related: How to Read the Bible in One Year

To help you get started, I want to tell you about a free digital Bible reading plan I created. It has an app that you can just log in, go to that day and it tells you what chapters to read. It’s a year long reading plan, so if you stick with it, you’ll have read through the entire Bible.

That seems overwhelming, but it ends up being about three chapters a day. If you’re in psalms, it’ll be a little bit more, but depending on how fast you read, it takes between 5 and 10 minutes to read. You click on that day, you can mark it done whenever you’re finished.

When I read, I use my iPad so I can highlight sections and put notes, and it even scrolls up for me so I don’t even have to keep swiping up.

I stayed very consistent with that because I don’t ever want to start my day without God’s Word in my heart. That’s a bad day for me. If I don’t have His word in my heart right away, my whole day is going to be messed up.

If you struggle with kind of keeping those habits every single day, there is an app called Streak and I believe it’s free. You can go in and you add habits that you want to start. Once you’ve completed that habit, you click on the little circle and it counts it for you. It tells you what days that you’ve done it and what days you haven’t.

And ,y Bible reading one is definitely the most consistent because I know I need that.

I know I need God’s Word.

I can’t be the mom that I’m supposed to be without God’s word.

I can’t be the wife or the business owner or the friend or the employer that I can be if I don’t have His Word in my life.

Make sure that that is something that you prioritize in your life. It can be really simple. It doesn’t have to be a lot. Even if you read one chapter a day, just start small and be consistent and you will see the benefits of that. The Lord was going to bless the rest of your day for doing that.

 

Morning Habit #4: Journaling

The fourth thing that I do is Journal.

Now, I need to be clear about something: I love having a digital life.

I like having all my stuff on my phone so I can carry it with me. I’m an ebook type person so I don’t have a stack of books on my end table. I changed my life so everything can be accessible through my phone: my calendar, my tasks, my grocery list, etc.

But journaling is the one thing that I prefer to have physical writing. It doesn’t matter if that’s not you. I just want you to start journaling. There’s a couple of things that I do whenever I journal:

Write Down What You’re Thankful For

Write down some things that I’m thankful for to the Lord. I saw a quote once that said, “What if you woke up today with only the things you think God for yesterday?”

Ouch.

That just cuts me to the quick even thinking about it. That really stuck in my mind that I need to be grateful for everything.

It puts your mind in a different perspective when you realize that nothing you have is just because of your own doing. It’s all because of the Lord,

Whenever we thank Him for those gifts, it changes our day. It starts our day off His way with His mentality and His mindset.

Get Your Kids Involved

If you tell me that while there’s just no way I can do this because you have little ones running around, I want to encourage you.

I started doing something with my boys over the summer that I want to share with you. Because, I get it. When they’re at school, it’s really easy for me to just stick with this routine. I get up early, I do all my stuff. I’d take them to school and then I get ready for the rest of my after that.

But during the summer, I’m not taking them anywhere. There’s not any quiet time really for me. i

I was reading the Bible with them probably about a month and a half ago and we were reading the story about Samuel.

Here’s this little boy, Samuel, in the temple and Eli, the priest, tells Samuel “the next time you hear Him say, ‘Speak Lord. Your servant is listening.'”

And I felt the Lord say, “your kids aren’t going to know how to hear my voice if they don’t practice listening for it.”

We can’t hear his voice if we’re not practicing. So I have been teaching my boys every morning to get their little Bibles out with me. Then after we all read, they know they right away to get their journals out.

At the top of the page they write “Speak, Lord. I’m listening” and they put the date.

They just sit quietly and TBH sometimes The Lord doesn’t say anything to them, but sometimes the Lord surprises me with what He puts in my children’s hearts.

Recently, my younger son said, “Mom, I don’t feel like God’s really telling me anything. All I think about is my friend at school.”

So I said, “Well, maybe that is God telling you that you’re supposed to pray for that friend.” So he did.

And a couple of days later he was talking to this friend (and this is in kindergarten) and his friend’s mom had left their family. She had moved away and left the kids. She had left their dad and was gone.

My son, at the age of 5 realized that God had spoken to Him. And this is something that even as adults, we need. We need to have that journaling time because now my son can go back to that day and see that he wrote that little boy’s name in his journal and he can remember how God spoke to his heart. That does something for a child that does something for me, for my heart.

Listen for His Voice

When I journal, I can remember what God told me, because I’m writing down prayers. I can write down requests and see a timeline of my relationship with the Lord because of this journaling process.

So, don’t force it. Don’t kind of try and speed it up. Just be patient and say, “speak Lord. I’m listening.”

Ladies, you can start your day God’s way. You can help your kids start their day God’s way by journaling and listening for the Lord’s voice.

 

Morning Habit #5: Movement

After I have:

  • Stretched
  • Gotten dressed
  • Read my Bible
  • Journaled

Then I do some exercise. I’m not going to tell you how to exercise, except to say that I want you to figure out what works for you.

Maybe you have a swimming pool in your backyard and swimming the couple laps is something that gets your mind focused and your body moving to start your day God’s way.

Maybe pilates is what invigorates you.

Maybe you like to box.

Maybe you want to go for a run.

Whatever it is, figure out what works for you and be consistent.

Pay attention to how you feel. These morning habits are more about starting your day knowing that you have a purpose in God’s kingdom.

It’s about being strong and strengthening yourself for the tasks that are ahead, the things that God has given you to do.

Sure, you get so many physical benefits out of exercise, but really at the end of the day, it’s, it’s about preparing yourself, preparing your mind and your body for service, for serving in God’s kingdom.

That’s what it’s all about, and before you get too focused on how many laps you swam or how many minutes that you spent or how many reps you did, remember that it’s all about how you feel.

So if you’re struggling, just start with that. Do 10 minutes and then as you go, you’re going to find that you want to do more, that you’re moving your body the way that God intended.

Strengthening your body helps you to have a day that’s filled with Him. It helps you start your day the way He wants you to because you are moving forward.

You’re strengthening the body that He’s given you and honoring Him with your body.

 

Bonus Tip!

I want to give you one more bonus tip.  I wanted it to be a bonus because it’s not really something I do in the mornings, but it does set me up for success in the mornings and that is getting enough sleep. Your body needs rest, period.

Related: The Importance of Rest

It needs those lengthy times of rest, like vacationing and things like that, but it needs daily rest and if you want to have a day that is spent focused on the Lord, then you need enough sleep.

I don’t know about you, but whenever I don’t get sleep, I am so cranky. I am not living out my my day, God’s way. It’s not good. I’ll just leave it at that. If I fall asleep on the couch the night before, my husband hates even to wake me up because I am just so cranky!

So make sure that you’re getting enough sleep so that whenever you wake up in the morning, you’re refreshed, you’re ready to take on the day. You’re ready to live out God’s best for your life. Every single morning.

 

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