As busy, homeschooling moms we’re all dying to know how to get it all done. The motivation is right – we all want to bless our families. Where does that ideal even come from? Because you know that the truth is that no one can get it all done, right?
No one. Ever.
What we can get done is – all that we are supposed to get done. It’s called God’s perfect will. Have I ever achieved this earthly nirvana? I’ll confess that I have not. But, I have discovered one way to help me get closer. It is my morning routine.
She was a large family, homeschooling mama – and if there was an Internet in her day, I believe she would have been a rockin’ blogger!
Susanna had an incredible inner strength. She overcame many obstacles in her life. She overcame them entirely by her faith in God. And though her life (and the life of her 19 children) was marked by extreme hardship, she persevered and her children did rise up and call her blessed in the true Proverbs 31 way.
What I learned form reading Susanna’s works and meditating on her life was the discipline of seeking God early and often.
Mom’s Morning Routine
Around this time, I developed a habit of waking early – before the mayhem – to seek God, meditate on His Word and ask for guidance before planning my day.
The benefits to my spiritual walk and my life as a very busy stay-at-home, homeschool mom has been transformational.
There is no secret to waking up early. If I, a die-hard ‘night person’ can learn to wake up early – anyone can. Believe me!
I began by setting my alarm for about one half hour before my early bird kid usually woke up. Once my body adjusted to that, I set the alarm for another half hour earlier. Eventually, I set it for another half hour earlier but after about one year of this my body said, “Enough!” and I’m back to just one hour before the kids.
My Morning Routine
My alarm sounds at 6:00am.
The coffee pot is also set to wake up at 6:00am which can be helpful, especially in the early days.
I grab some coffee and dive into the Word.
Followed by prayer.
Followed by meditating on the Word.
Followed by journaling (very helpful).
Followed by mayhem. Just kidding!
Although, sometimes it is hard to come out of my prayer closet when the kids get up, by filling my cup early with the Word, I am much better equipped to face my day.
If you are in those early days of babies and sleepless nights, this may not be the best thing for you – now.
If an evening quiet time serves your family better – do it! Getting up early does not – repeat, does not – make anyone any more righteous than another.
One More Thing
You may find that you so enjoy your quiet time in the mornings that you want to set your alarm back further and further. Whoever it was that said that humans are ‘idol-making machines’ certainly had it right. If something is good, give me more! You cannot be a good mom, wife, etc. if you are wiped out and exhausted by 3:00pm. Ask me how I know. Ahem…
Thanks for stopping by today and, hey, if you have any tips for organizing your day, let us know in the comments!