Hi, fellow Jesus-seeker! I am a homeschool mama of two 9th graders (not twins), a first-grader, and a preschooler (my only girl).
I am in ministry as a worship leader and writer. My heart is to disciple women to thrive in Christ and both of these are outlets to do so.
If I had no other responsibilities, I would be writing or creating products all day, and finish the evening off with a chick flick.
What does your morning look like?
6 a.m. is my wake-up time unless I’m dealing with insomnia. Then I’ll sleep until 7 a.m. Fortunately, my kids like to sleep in to at least 7 a.m., so it’s not usually a problem. Bedtime is 9:30/10 p.m. Usually, the last thing I want to do in the mornings is take a shower, so I take one before bed. Then, I get dressed first thing, or I may never make it out of my pajamas!
I’m one of the few people I know that doesn’t like coffee. (My tribe is out there somewhere! 😉) My cup full (or 2) is of Tazo’s Berryblossom White Tea. Breakfast before, during, or after? Yes, yes, and yes. It depends on the life season.
I absolutely keep the same routine on the weekends, or my habit will fall apart!
What does your HelloMornings time look like?
I’ve been doing the sessions since the one following the inception of HelloMornings. My HelloMornings items are clothes for the day, Blue Letter Bible app, THRIVE Bible, journal, current Bible study, Twistables crayons (to use as highlighters), and electric tea kettle and tea basket (if I’m in my bedroom).
Sometimes I’ll put worship music on – Kari Jobe, Desperation Band, Meredith Andrews, Jesus Culture/Kim Walker-Smith, Elevation Worship, Passion, HelloMornings.
Three necessities for my planning time: 1) My motto: “Having a plan is good; flexibility is the fluid that makes it flow.” 2) I try to follow the predetermined family routine (a tight schedule doesn’t work for us, but we thrive on routine). After Patti Brown shared her brilliant phone alarm strategy, I use it for my own to move forward in achieving goals. 3) I keep track of all my lists (even meal planning) with the amazing AnyList app.
My mornings are already too full to add exercise, so I join my kids later in the day during their P.E. time if I’m not lazy about it. I don’t mind doing my HM routine in front of the kids because it’s a great example to them. I have trained the older ones how to have a Daily Time with God, and time for that is allotted in their schedule. So their time is often happening at the same as mine while the littles play with toys nearby or do a Bible coloring activity.
My HelloMornings have had a wide variety depending on the season I’m in (pregnancy, newborns, potty training toddlers, health difficulties). At other times, life has been more low-key.
When life has been more normal, my God-time has looked like the goal where I regularly awakened early and spent time in the Word studying and seeking God. Other times, when life has felt upside down, my daily time with God has been slid in between feedings, diaper changes, and taking a toddler to the potty. I’m okay with that because life doesn’t get handed to you in a neat little package. God meets you where you’re at because you’re in a relationship with Him.
During each specific season, I have seen God at work. Growth in the knowledge of God seems to be more during the normal types of seasons, but it’s during the crazy seasons that more heart change seems to take place. Both are needed; both encompass spiritual growth. I’ve learned no matter what you’re going through, when you’re coming to Him, God is the One who makes it happen!
What are some words of wisdom you have for our HelloMornings community?
If I miss my morning time, I will make every effort to at least get one scripture on my mind to start the day, then I just get to the rest of the plan ASAP later in the day. Before I joined HelloMornings, God gave me a theme for my life. It’s explained with this acronym: DAILY TIME (Determining Again I Live Yielded. Today I’m Maintaining Evidence). My times might be all over the place, but if I consistently have time with God every day, then my heart won’t be all over the place!
The most difficult part is when the kids occasionally wake earlier than my alarm or keep me up a lot at night. My advice for someone starting a morning routine is to embrace accountability. Also, God knows exactly what you need for each day. Ask Him to give you the spiritual portion that He has prepared for you for that day. The strength you gather from it will help take you to the next day.
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Thank you, Kelly, for sharing YOUR Morning story with us.