Ah, morning routines! I love the Bible verse in Lamentations 3:22-23 that says “His mercies are new every morning.” Each day we have a new opportunity to start over. To be intentional about how we spend this particular day. I can choose sleep if I had a rough night (and that really might be the best option), I can choose to wake up earlier than my family to have a few moments to myself or I can hit that snooze button just a couple more times and be rushed through my morning. For years I have worked on creating a good morning time routine. Some seasons it has worked better than others (read: babies). I have often been frustrated that even when I have the best plans laid out I get interrupted or I am exhausted and can’t execute them in the way I want.
This past year I was excited to read Kat Lee’s new book, Hello Mornings. The by-line is “how to build a grace-filled, life-giving morning routine.” She deep dives into her idea of 3 minute mornings. The concept is that baby steps will help you meet your goals. Start with very small steps and then build on them and on days when time is short you can return to those 3 minutes and it will still bless your day. Her steps are 1. God Time 2. Plan Time 3. Move Time. Doing these 3 things everyday makes such a huge difference.
Since I started following her advice I have been so much more consistent in working these things into my morning! But following her advice I notice that even when I am only able to do 3 minutes it still makes my day go so much better.
For God Time, my one minute is to recite a Bible verse (frequently Psalm 143:8), say a quick prayer and listen to my worship playlist on Spotify. My longer version includes journaling in Write the Word the Bible passage for the day or doing my She Reads Truth Bible study, praying (using my prayer journal) and listening to praise music.
For Plan Time, my one minute is to look over my calendar for the day. My longer version is to sit down and write out my to do list for the day and assign tasks to certain times of the day as necessary.
For Move Time, my one minute is to do a very short yoga routine in which I do Mountain Pose, Forward Fold a couple times and a Downward Dog. My longer version is do a 15 minute yoga routine using the Yoga Studio app on my phone or go to my Wake Up Yoga class at the gym.
Do you have a solid morning routine? What do you do to be consistent at making sure it happens? I would love to hear!