05 Feb Morning Routines for Christian Moms
Raise your hand if you like to wake up early. No one?
Although we may not like to wake up early, it’s important to begin to discipline ourselves in this habit if we really want to have purpose and intention in our motherhood.
There are several ways Christian moms can utilize their mornings with a routine. Keep reading to check ’em out!
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The Importance of Waking Up Early
Why is it so important to wake up early?
I’ve done a lot of study about waking up early and what that does for your success. Most successful people in the world wake up early.
We’ve all heard crazy stories of people who wake up at 3:00 AM because they just want to have quiet time in the morning.
Don’t worry. I’m not going to recommend that you do that. If you want to, and that’s your process, that’s another story.
But waking up at 3:00 AM is not ideal for everyone, and I think that if you want to have a motherhood that’s intentional and purposeful then it has to start first thing in the morning.
I like waking up early, but there are definitely seasons where I’m waking up super early and other times where I’m letting myself sleep in a little bit longer.
I made a goal to have myself prepped and ready for the day before my family wakes up.
I started by thinking about what everything I wanted to do before my family woke up.
There were a few things on my list such as:
- getting exercise and moving my body
- getting ready for the day ( hair, makeup, etc.)
- spending time with the Lord
There’s something about having all your ducks in a row before your family gets up that helps you start the day with intention.
Along with having success and living with intention, I really want you to change your mindset on motherhood and start to view it in a professional/ career mindset.
Even if you work outside the home, your motherhood can be seen as a job that you enjoy doing. When you start to view it like that, it helps you begin parenting in a proactive way rather than a reactive way.
Early mornings are a great way to streamline your day.
Priorities for Your Morning
Moving Your Body
The first thing that I like to do whenever I wake up early is exercise. It could be something really simple.
When you start exercising, I want you to infuse a lot of grace into your exercise and into your movement.
What do I mean by that? Well, when you start an exercise program, you want to choose something you enjoy and can stick with.
If you hate exercising and that’s the first thing that you do when you wake up in the morning, then it’s going to be harder to be motivated to wake up.
It can be something as simple as going outside and walking your dogs. If you would rather take a class and you don’t do it first thing in the morning, make sure to make that a priority.
That is a part of self-care, and even though it might not seem fun at the time it has value later in your day and throughout your life.
Spend Time With the Lord
Another thing that you can do in the morning is your Bible reading. Wake up early with the intention of spending time with the Lord. Even if it is just sitting down and reading one chapter a day and saying, “Lord, I want you to speak to me during this time.”
This blog has tons of great resources including Bible studies for moms talking about how to create an atmosphere where you want to study the Bible.
Another thing that you can start doing is listening to the Bible on audio while doing your self-care routine.
Related: Top 10 Bible Studies for Moms
Simplify Your Mornings
Whether you work outside the home or you’re a stay at home mom, it is really important to get ready for the day because when you don’t feel like a hot mess, you’re more productive.
Start your day with intention and say,” I’m going to get up and get ready for the day.” When you do you start to feel more productive.
I have a couple of tips on this topic.
Keep Your Makeup Routine Simple
First to keep your makeup routine simple. It’s okay to be super elaborate for date night, but that’s not something that you have to do every single day.
Put enough makeup on that you feel like you’re ready for the day, but it doesn’t have to take an hour to do your hair and makeup.
My makeup routine takes about seven or eight minutes. My hair takes a different amount of time, based on whether I wash it or not (see below). Find what works for you and stick with it.
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You Don’t Have to Wash Your Hair Everyday
Something that really transformed my mornings was letting go of this idea that I have to wash my hair every day.
Dry shampoo has become my best friend. I also use some different oil that I put in on the ends of my hair so it doesn’t get too dry in between washes.
I realized I could wash my hair maybe two to three times a week, depending on my schedule. That takes so much time off of getting ready.
If I’m not washing my hair, it only takes me about 20 minutes to get ready from beginning to end.
Pick Out Your Clothes Ahead of Time
The next part of my morning routine is choosing an outfit.
I like to choose my clothing the night before and make sure it’s ironed.
I have pared down my closet to a semi-minimalist wardrobe. I have approximately 10 to 12 blouses, 3 jeans of different washes, and then I have cardigans/jackets that I can just grab and put on.
It seems counter-intuitive, but the fewer items you have in your closet, the easier it is to find something to wear.
Tip for kids: Hang up their clothes for them and they can create a “clothing kid” on the floor every evening. They pick out from their closet, the pants, the underwear, this shirt, the socks, and lay out the clothes like little kid on the floor! In the morning they know exactly what they’re going to wear. All they have left to do is put their shoes on and they’re ready to go!
Creating a Routine That Works For You
Part of waking up early and being more productive is having systems. Schedules are a great servant but a bad master.
Make your schedule work for you versus you working for your schedule.
Try to Wake Up Around the Same Time Everyday
I’ve been working towards waking up at the same time every day even on the weekends. It definitely gets easier. So set your clock and try not to hit snooze.
One of the biggest tips I can give you is to have something in the morning that you look forward to, whether that’s a workout that you enjoy, maybe it’s the devotion that you’re reading, maybe it’s the quiet time with just you and your coffee.
Complete Certain Tasks to Set the Tone for Your Day
For my morning I wake up before the family does, I exercise, read my Bible, get ready for the day.
I usually get up about 5:00 to 5:15. By the time I’ve done all of those things, it’s only around 6:45 and all these things are checked off of my list.
When my husband wakes up, I make the bed. This is the first task of the day already accomplished.
Making your bed is something that becomes a catalyst, so if you just start making your bed in the morning, you’re going to find that it just rolls over into everything else.
Once your bed is made you won’t want to leave clothes on the floor or leave stuff hanging all over the place, or leaving stuff scattered around in the bathroom.
It becomes a catalyst for the rest of your day.
There’s something about an outer calm that gives you a sense of inner peace. And that’s the atmosphere that we want to have for our home.
Keep Up With Your Laundry
The next system I would recommend is doing a load of laundry every day.
It’s not just for large families. We only have four in our family and it’s super small loads. That makes it easy to wash, faster to dry in the dryer, and it’s easy to put away.
Laundry tip: You can set your washer up in the evening.
My washer has the delay wash. In the evening I’ll get one of my boys to go around and collect all the dirty clothes, put them in the washer, put the soap in, and then I delay the wash to start around 4:30 in the morning.
Whenever I get out of bed I can switch it to the dryer and by the time I’m ready for the day, it’s ready to fold, put away, and hang up.
Another thing that you and your family can to make your mornings easier is to re-wear clothes more than once. I will usually wear pants and jeans more than once. It also allows the clothes to last longer.
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Simplify Your Breakfast
The last system to help with your mornings is breakfast. I am not really a huge breakfast person. To be honest, when I grew up if you wanted something you just grabbed it, if not it wasn’t a big deal.
My husband comes from a family that loves breakfast. I mean you’re talking a huge spread on the table. My husband and I have found a good compromise. I try to throw something, like an egg casserole. biscuits, or muffins, in the oven three or four times a week.
My husband always buys these orange cinnamon rolls. They taste like oranges and my boys love them so I’ll throw them in once in a while for treats and then add some fruit along with them.
Mom tip: Preheat the oven and prep what’s going in when you get up and then after you’ve gotten ready for the day, go back and put in the food.
Then we just pull it out of the oven, cut it up, and give it to everybody. Other days we might have eggs, sausage, or bacon. Sometimes we have cereal or oatmeal.
Then while I’m making breakfast or while they’re eating, I empty out the dishwasher from the night before.
Once the dishwasher is empty people can just throw dishes into the dishwasher versus leaving them in the sink or on the counter. And my kitchen stays sparkly!
Creating a Peaceful Home
The reason I am teaching this is that our homes are a gift from God. As the mom, as the wife, we have that responsibility to create a home that’s peaceful for the entire family.
When you begin to be proactive about it, you start to see that there’s more than just surviving motherhood. There is more than just surviving a chaotic house. When you have a crazy, chaotic house it robs you of so much joy.
Whenever there’s tons of stuff everywhere and you have to make a path to wherever you need to go, that’s not the kind of joyful life that God wants you to have. There are easy ways to fix that.
If this is something that you struggle with, I want to tell you about a program that I created specifically for moms. It’s called Peaceful Mom, Peaceful Home and it talks about decluttering.
But more importantly, it talks about having your home become a ministry.
It’s not just throwing out your stuff, although that is part of it.
Part of having your home become a ministry for your family and your community is having it clean and picked up.
You have to decide you want to start thriving in your motherhood.
If that’s something that you are interested in, click HERE. I think that you will love it.
You can hop over to the Girl of Grace Facebook group. That’s where you can leave your comments and questions.
I hope that some of these routines stick in your mind and you start making those small changes to see big impacts because we’re called to serve our families in the best possible way.
Whenever we have peaceful homes, it really starts to translate into our hearts and it gives us more peace and more joy in our motherhood.