Most of us wake up to our alarms each morning, hit snooze a few times, and at the last possible moment will ourselves out from under the covers. We spend our mornings doing any number of tasks; making breakfast, packing lunches, getting ourselves ready, and wrangling kids or spouses out the door; all happening at a frenzied pace. If we’re lucky, we’ll make it to all our morning destinations on time and in one piece.
But by the time we arrive at our workplaces, schools, or nestle into home offices we’re ready for a nap or at least some serious unproductive time spent on Facebook, Twitter, or doing mindless web surfing while sipping tall cups of coffee. We tune out in search of our restart button and it’s only 9:00am.
Mornings can set the trajectory for the rest of our day, but somehow mornings seem to receive the least planning and attention.
As Laura Vanderkam states in her (excellent!) E-Book, “early mornings are the time when we have the most control of our schedules. In a world of constant connectivity…the day can quickly get away from you as other people’s priorities invade—sometimes even those of the people you love dearly and share a home with…If you wait until the end of the day to do meaningful but not urgent things like exercise, pray, read, or truly give your family your best, if probably won’t happen.”
What would it look like for you to take mornings more seriously?
That’s the question I’ve been pondering for some time and since I’m no expert, I’ve asked some wonderful bloggers from across the U.S. to join me in answering.
Each Wednesday for the next month you have the opportunity to hear from some truly exceptional women. These women come from different backgrounds, have vastly different schedules, and are in varying stages of life. They're stopping in to share specific ways they connect with Jesus in their morning routines. Sharing their exercise, eating, and morning beverage habits. How they incorporate spouses and/or children into their routines. And since we all know our mornings look different depending on our season of life, they too have some wisdom to share how adjustments are made and new patterns established.
I know you will be abundantly blessed by all these women and the wisdom they have to share! Upcoming next Wednesday, I'll be sharing my personal morning routines and introducing you to our first guest blogger.