I’ve never been a morning person. My mom was, and she would wake me up for school by bursting into my room, throwing open the blinds and singing, “Wake up, wake up, you sleepyhead! Get up, get up, get out of bed!” Most mornings I would literally choke on my own rage. Full Hulk mode.
Now, as a mother myself, I find myself struggling with the same issue. My two young kids wake up every morning with the sun and I have to roll out of bed and somehow transition directly into making waffles, playing Chutes and Ladders, and getting us all ready for the day before I’m even ready to have my eyes open.
Recently, God started laying it on my heart to wake up in the morning before my kids. I feel like He’s asking me to win my day by starting it with a choice: to get up and spend some time writing, do some yoga, and some prayer. I’m not gonna lie; I’m super unhappy about it. I want to squeeze every last bit of bed-time in that I can, and in order to be my best self, I know this means I’m going to have to start going to sleep earlier. My kids get up NO LATER THAN 6:30 every day. In order to really be obedient, I’m going to have to get up at 5:30 every morning. The teenager that still lives in my brain is like… UGH.
But He didn’t give me this instruction without a gift. Last month, I went to Lake Havasu with friends to celebrate my birthday. The morning of my birthday, I woke up at 4:30am and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I wandered outside and sat on the ground and watched the sun come up. I listened to my favorite music and experienced the world waking up. And I was filled with such joy, and peace, and hope. I know He wants me to experience that every day, instead of fighting off grumpiness while my kids drag me out from under my pillows.
He reminded me a few days ago that it only takes 21 days to create a new habit. So, for the next three weeks, I’m going to get up before my kids; heck, I’m going to be getting up before the sun! I’m going to write, stretch, maybe practice a little hacky sack, and listen to what God has for me that day. Ask Him what He wants from me. Listen for His voice. And you all can be my accountability partners. I’ll write again next month, and tell you how it went. Deal?
I’m curious, is there a habit you feel God has been asking you to start or change? Share in the comments below! Let’s make the little changes that can have big impact!