I am generally an anxious person. It doesn’t take much to make my heart race. In a world where everything is constantly changing, moving forward, demanding more of me, I can find it overwhelming. At seemingly random times of the day, anxiety creeps into my heart and starts to take control of my world.
Here is where a morning routine has helped me. It creates a space in my day, a rhythm in my world where I know there is one constant, one unchanging thing in my day that I have control over.
Implementing a morning routine has created an anchor in my day. Its time where I am intentionally creating sacred space to connect with God and a buffer between waking up and hitting the ground running.
A morning routine will look different for each and every person based on your personal needs, goals and stage of life. When my kids were very small my morning routine looked like drinking a cup of coffee in bed for 5 minutes and offering up a quick prayer. I savored that time. It was mine.
There will be days when the kids wake up early, or work may throw a couple of curveballs. Today my son woke up sick. So today looked like a cup of coffee, a quick prayer and listening to a podcast whilst I cared for him and made adjustments to my day. Be gracious and kind to yourself. Be flexible. But be intentional and carve out the space you need.
My Morning Routine
Cultivate a thankful heart
As I open my eyes and adjust to being awake for a minute or two, I use this time to thank the Lord. For the things He did yesterday, for His blessings, for the things to come that He has promised. I choose to be thankful even when its hard because He is good (1 Chronicles 16:34), and His love endures forever (Psalm 107:1)
Cradle something warm
I love coffee. It just makes my heart happy. I saw a quote the other day. It said, “Today’s good mood is sponsored by coffee.” Very appropriate in my house!
This isn’t about just throwing back a cup of coffee though. This is about enjoying a cup of coffee (or whatever you enjoy drinking in the morning). I drink mine in bed cuddled up in a blanket. Maybe you like to drink it out on the porch. This is your time; your moment of intentionality. What brings you joy?
Spend time with your creator
As with any relationship, setting aside time to connect is so important. This can look very different for me from day to day depending on how I feel (just like any relationship), but generally my time with God includes prayer, listening to His promptings, reading the Bible or a devotion and reflection. His word says that if I draw near to Him, He will draw near to me. (James 4:8). This precious time set aside to be in his presence is where I talk to him, hear from Him and connect with Him.
Nurture your body
For me this includes exercising, showering and eating breakfast. For you it may look like stretching and taking a bubble bath before eating a bowl of muesli. Whatever you decide to do, take the time to make your body a priority.
Here are a few things you may like to include in your morning routine:
- Savour a cup of coffee
- Stretch your body
- Journal ( see here for some super cute ones)
- Read Scripture
- Take a hot shower
- Make a healthy breakfast
- Consider 3 things you’re thankful for
- Take 5 mindful minutes
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What does your morning routine look like? How do you create sacred space in your day?
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