“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8
I love early mornings. There is nothing I love more than sitting in my bed with a hot cup of coffee and a great Bible study laid out in front of me. I actually get giddy just thinking about it. It is my favorite part of every day.
I love early mornings because it is the one time of day that I feel complete solitude. The sun hasn’t risen, my roommates are asleep, the house is completely silent. It’s my time with Jesus, and there is nothing to interrupt me. No one is going to text me, no one is going to walk into my room, and it’s much too early to think about homework or to-do lists. It’s my time. It’s my time to read and write and pray and be filled with an energy that will carry on for the rest of the day. My mornings are a precious, treasured gift. I hear Jesus speak clearly and lovingly and directly in those wee hours. It’s just me and Him.
But it hasn’t always been this way. The thought of early mornings used to make me shudder and cringe, maybe even shed a tear. I love my sleep, and I will sleep forever if the world lets me. So early morning quiet times were not just something that didn’t sound fun or necessary, but to me, they actually sounded impossible/relatively like torture. But as my nighttime schedule amped up with more dinners and friends and meetings and homework, and as I became more and more tired each night, and opened my Bible less and less frequently before going to sleep, I realized that something needed to change. My usual night time quiet times were failing. I was going to need to be a morning person.
So my sophomore year of college, my roommate Stephanie and I did something that I have never once regretted. We set out alarms for 6am, and made a pact to wake up together, every morning, to spend time with Jesus. We didn’t do the same study, or talk a whole lot about it, we just committed to holding each other accountable to waking up and opening our Bibles.
It wasn’t easy. Honestly, it was really, really hard. Starting that habit did not happen overnight. It was a full four months of struggling with the desire to snooze every morning, and being reminded lovingly by my roommate to get my a** out of bed. Some mornings, it was me reminding Steph to get her a** out of bed. And some mornings, we both caved in and no one reminded us to get our a**es out of bed. It was a daily battle, but a battle that we continued to fight, and eventually, something magical happened.
In that semester, everything changed. Christ claimed victory over my battle with the alarm clock, I fell in love with 6am mornings and I fell in love with the Word of God, and my priorities did a 180. I began to love mornings so much, that when my college schedule turned into a student teaching schedule, I voluntarily turned my alarm back yet another hour to make sure I had time with Jesus before heading into a classroom full of 1st graders. I was excited to get out of bed, and I felt a difference in my days. I felt full of life, and energy, and I believed the things that my Creator said about me and spoke to me each morning.
Today, two years later, my alarm goes off at 5. And I wake up.
Together, Stephanie and I began a habit that will last me the rest of my life.
I believe in the power of spending time with a Creator and a Savior who loves us deeply and perfectly and eternally. I believe that fighting to spend time with Him is worth it. Sometimes that means sacrifice and inconvenience. But he blesses our efforts and our obedience and our dedication to Him. And He has IMMENSELY blessed my efforts to spend time with Him. And so I believe in Him, above all, but also, I believe in the sacredness of the mornings. I believe in the power of rising with the sun to start our days with the living and active Word of God.
Want to give mornings a shot? Sounds impossible? Tomorrow, I will share a few of the most important steps I took towards making mornings a priority. My hope is that they might turn into a priority for you, too.
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