The alarm goes off at 5 o’clock in morning and the battle rages within us to hit snooze, which we do at least once. By 5:10, someone has stumbled into the kitchen to start the coffee pot, and that someone is usually Mark. I am still sitting with my feet dangling off the bed with the whistles of my father ringing in my ears along with his words, “Feet on the floor.”
- I was up so late working hard for a living.
- I was up with the baby twice last night.
- It’s too cold to get up.
- If only my husband and I had resolved our conflict sooner.
- It’s the weekend.
And so the excuses continue. Why is there always an excuse not to get up?
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ~Lamentations 3:21-23
God’s mercies are new every morning. To encounter those mercies in all their fullness, we must be intentional to make mornings easier if we want to rise early.
My mission is to create a home that makes it impossible to not think about God. One way I am committed to making this goal a reality is to intentionally pursue Jesus, by daily emptying myself of me and kneeling before my maker in humble pursuit of His purposes for my life, relationships, and home. Once Samuel rises, intentional time with the Lord, in an intimate meaningful way, does not happen. There are far too many needs and tasks to attend to.
Therefore, I have purposed to rise each morning at 5am in order to have time to:
- Quiet myself before the Lord
- Exercise (though I’m terrible at actually making this happen)
- Spend time with Mark before he leaves for work
3 Tips for Making Mornings Easier
1. Get everything ready the night before.
Each night, Mark and I go through our evening routine. We prepare everything we need for the next day, and take care to ready our “quiet time stations.” The less we have to think about at 5 o’clock in the morning the better.
When purposing to rise early the next day, proper preparation the night before ensures greater success.
2. Pursue accountability with others.
Mark and I are committed to helping one another get out of bed. Being committed to rising early together has made it far easier than going it alone. In addition, you could ask another woman to help you – a sister, a mentor, a friend, etc.
Accountability is a beautiful thing, and is so effective at helping me to get my rear end out of bed.
3. Pray for grace to change.
We are prone to laziness and slothfulness. However, because of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, we can have hope for change – to be intentional by grace. For that reason, we can pray that the Holy Spirit would ignite in us a passion for the Lord, a passion so deep and powerful that not rising from bed would be devastating.
On a recent date night, Mark said,
I am much more likely to follow through, or at the very least pursue, that which I am passionate about.
How true this is.
May our hearts be filled with such passion for God that we thirst for the living water that only He provides.
What about you? Are you an early riser? What tips do you have for ensuring you’re up before your kiddos?
Update: 2/17/2014 – I am no longer purposing to rise at 5am. I have a toddler and baby who is still rising multiple times a night. Therefore, it is my goal to rise at 5:30am twice a week. The rest I sleep in until 6:30 or later. I still follow these principles regardless of when I will rise in order to help get my morning off to a great start the next day!