Yesterday I talked to you about the incredible difference that waking up early to get into the Word has made for me and my life. Today, as I promised, I’m sharing a few tips that helped me turn mornings into a habit.
First and foremost, we have to believe that Jesus can give us rest, even when it means sacrificing an hour of sleep. True rest comes from The Lord. And we must believe that He is bigger and stronger than our lack on inertia in the mornings.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Here are some practical ways to make mornings more beautiful and less painful.
- Make a Commitment with a Roommate/Friend
Accountability might be the single most important factor (apart from the goodness and faithfulness of Jesus himself) that will make or break setting this habit. Set your alarms together. Wake up together. Don’t have anyone who can physically do it with you? Enroll someone to give you a wake up call every morning. I would have never made it longer than a week without Stephanie those first few months.
- Drink Good Coffee
I used to hate coffee. (I shudder at the thought that I was ever such a person.) But when I came to college, and began running on the wee bitty hours of sleep that I had available to me, and then began waking up even earlier, I started to drink coffee. I weened myself into it, drinking about 30 percent coffee, and 70 percent almond milk, creamer, and sugar. That concoction sounds ridiculous to me now, but playing around with coffee combinations and new creamers made mornings more fun. Try new beans and new coffee roasters and new brewing methods and new creamers- make an adventure out of your morning routine.
- Find a Great Study
If reading the Bible in general is a task and a mystery for you, the likelihood of you waking up an hour or two earlier to do so is minimal. So learn how to read your Bible. I love doing Bible studies and devotional books; they help me navigate through the scriptures, and they give me insight from those much wiser than me. You can check out some great studies that I recommend here.
One of my first recommendations is She Reads Truth– they provide free devotionals through both books of the Bible and topical studies. New devotionals are available every morning, and you can go through the studies with a beautiful community of women by your side.
- Find Your Perfect Spot
Find a place where you can be alone with just you and Jesus. In my apartment, that was sitting on the rug in the living room, folded up in front of our coffee table. In my house now, it’s propped up in my bed with a mound of pillows. I’ve done everything I can to make my room the quiet and peaceful escape that I need it to be. My bed is my sanctuary. Soft, white sheets make me feel like I’m sitting in a cloud. Quiet time in a cloud? I’ll take it. Whatever this looks like for you, find out.
- Give it Time
This is a battle. You’re not going to be thankful for this the first morning your alarm goes off. Maybe not even the fifth, or tenth, or twentieth time your alarm goes off. Give it time. Maybe a full semester. Remember, the goal is to start a habit, and starting a new habit might mean breaking old habits. If you’re used to sleeping and hitting the snooze button as many times as you can, it’s not going to be an easy transition.
And, in the end, if after two, three, four months, you’re still hating it, maybe mornings aren’t for you what they are for me. And that’s okay. The theme remains the same- Jesus wants our time and is worth our time. Find a way to get into a rhythm with Him. He’s there every moment of the day, not just before the sun comes up.
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