For two weeks I have been rising early to give my mornings to God. Several of us, from four different states, are texting one another to encourage and hold each other accountable. My mornings have been starting at 6:30 am and are divided into a half hour of prayer journaling and a half hour of Bible intake.
*note – if you have signed up to be a part of the club and still have not received an email with your partner information, we still have a few people trickling in – I will be emailing everyone this week to finalize our texting partners.
After two weeks I can already notice some clear differences in my life.
1. I don’t dread waking up earlier. Now listen, it isn’t easy for me. I don’t think it will ever be easy for me. I plan to continue this for the foreseeable future and I doubt there will come a time when getting up early is easy or comes naturally. And yet, I find myself not dreading it. My little ritual of setting my cell phone alarm clock every night for my 1:35 rising time has become a joy for me, not a curse. This week we began an early morning men’s breakfast at 6:00 am. That helps bring another layer of accountability and fellowship into my week. God is certainly working on me to not dread the mornings, although it is still difficult to get out of that bed.
2. I have increased energy. That seems counter-intuitive of course, but I feel like throughout the majority of the day I have more energy and ambition than before.
3. I have more patience in parenting. Boy, do I still have a long way to go. But I can tell a difference in my patience with the kids, especially at about 8:00 pm when I’m starting to get a bit tired and the kiddos hit that insane mode before bed time.
4. Things just “feel” better. I don’t know how to explain this one, but there is simply a greater sense of contentment and joy because I am starting my day in Christ. It’s not that my days have been easier or less stressful, but my response to the issues of the day are noticeably different.
Want to join us? It’s never too late to give your mornings to God. If you want to be held accountable, send me a message and I will get back to you.