"She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls."
I know this verse. I know the benefits of getting up early and starting my day with the Lord. Then why am I not doing it?!?!
I could list all the
reasons excuses. Instead I 'm just going to challenge myself (and any of you that want to come along) to get back to what I know works. And I will not be doing it alone...thankfully! Kat over at Inspired to Action has helped to start the ball rolling with a Maximize Your Mornings Challenge!
Follow this free e-book step by step and put those steps into action
To make the most of my mornings so I can be the more of the wife and mother God has called me to be!
My maximize Your Mornings Goals:
Your wake up time is only as good as your bedtime!
5:30 Wake up time
Yes, I mean a.m.
25 sit-ups and 30 minutes of aerobic movement. This is the minimum I am aiming for. The more the better here!
6:15 Dust a room a day
Dusting is one of those things I put off doing when I clean. I'm hoping doing it here will help.
6:30 Shower and Dress
My day goes so much smoother when I know I can walk out of the door (without scaring the neighbors) whenever I need to.
7:00 Quiet time
My goal is to be in the family room at 7 a.m. having my quiet time when they wake up. I will have their Bibles ready so they can just sit down and have their own quiet time until I am done.
I purposely planned my quiet time at the end of the schedule because I feel like it is important for my girls to see me having it. My mom told me "actions speak louder then words" and she was right. Hopefully, seeing me have quiet time will leave more of an impression on them. I do not plan on doing devotions at this time, either. We have tried that. It does not work for us for a couple of reasons. First, we have to wait on everyone to be awake to start. (I have one that sleeps about 30 minutes later than the others.) Second, I spend more time trying to get them to focus than focusing on the Lord. If we just have quiet time they can jump in when they wake up and they have not missed anything and I can focus:) We have devotions built into our school curriculum.....so we are good.
No explanation required
8:00 Clean up and chores
The girls will be working on their chores. I will be cleaning up breakfast dishes, sweeping the kitchen and folding the load of laundry from the night before.
9:00 Start School
I'm very excited about this challenge! I think it would benefit every mom to start her day before her family wakes!
Are you Maximizing Your Mornings?