Reading the title you are probably thinking that I am going to tell you to get up before your kids.
While I think this works for some people, it has not been the best plan for our family.
We are night owls in this family. From the youngest to the oldest, we love getting in as much family time as we can together.
I have found over the years that I need a simple, effective, and planned morning quiet time that can happen in my bed before I get my day started.
The Key to a Morning Time Plan
They key to any morning time plan is simple and being prepared.
I have all of my materials on my nightstand before I go to bed.
I know that when I wake up I will be ready to dive into my quiet time. No searching or getting distracted.
My Morning Time Plan
When crafting your quiet time, it is essential to think of the most important aspects of your life.
As a Christian, I want my quiet morning time to reflect my priorities: Jesus, marriage, children.
In order to focus on these aspects, I have found some materials to be helpful.
Focusing on Jesus
To keep my quiet time focused on Jesus, I start just reading the Scriptures.
Now as a busy mom, this does not have to be an in-depth Scriptural study.
I follow along with the Intentional Moms Toolkit Scripture Plan.
I just finished up with Ephesians, and now I am moving on to 1 John.
Kayse gives me the Scriptures to read. I write them in my planner for the week, and I then know exactly where to spend my time in the Word.
Focusing On My Marriage
It is essential that I spend time praying for my marriage in the morning.
I have found that my perspective is in line with Scripture when I spend time in the Word praying for my marriage.
I have been using the resource Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe: A Daily Guide to Scripture-Based Prayer.
Each day I spend time praying for a specific part of my husband’s body using Scripture. Some days it is for his heart, his eyes, his mind, his legs.
I find the Scripture and pray it for my husband. I also copy down the Scripture to help solidify the concept in my heart.
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Focusing on My Children
Now it is time to move on and focus on my parenting.
I have been so moved and touched by Heidi St. John’s book MomStrong.
I read the whole book first. Then, I am using my quiet time to spend time in God’s Word by following Heidi’s words.
For example, I am going through the chapter know on Being a Warrior for my Children.
I write down the topic at the top of my paper, and then, read and write the Scriptures related to that concept from the book.
I like to end my quiet time with some encouraging words to carry me through the day.
This changes from time to time.
Right now, I am reading The One-Year Book of Amish Peace: Hearing God’s Voice in the Simple Things.
Each day there is a simple devotion about simple living. I find it fascinating to learn more about the Amish culture.
Keys to Keep Moving Forward in Your Quiet Time
Give yourself grace. When you are starting with your morning quiet time, you will come upon some roadblocks.
Look at what the problem is and come up with a solution.
If you are consistent in your morning time, over the weeks it will become an ingrained part of your morning routine.
Make it a habit not to check your phone or computer until you have done your morning quiet time.
And always remember that this quiet time is preparing you and your heart to conquer the rest of your day in peace and intention.