Does your morning routine start like this?
Or is it more like this?
Inwardly I’m a little more like my son sleeping, but I motivate myself to be a bit more like Amy Schumer when my alarm goes off at 5 a.m. most weekday mornings. I love my sleep, and giving an up 60 or 75 minutes of additional shuteye is hard, daily choice.
What is worthwhile enough for me to rub the sleep out of my eyes so early during the week? My morning routine. Understanding how much I love my sleep, I love my routine even more. It gives my day structure and balance. What I do with the first part of my morning sets me up for the rest of the day.“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you.” Psalm 143:8 (NLT) #hellomornings #morningroutine Click To Tweet
Are you looking for a better way to start your day? Or maybe you’re someone who would like a better morning routine but don’t know what to do or how to do it. Let me introduce you to HelloMornings!
HelloMornings was created by Kat Lee as a way to encourage Christian women to wake up for their lives instead of to their lives. The HelloMornings challenge started in 2010 and today has reached thousands of women in counties around the world.
HelloMornings focuses on the importance of starting your day with purpose. While it would be great to spend an hour in Bible study and prayer every day, the reality is that doesn’t happen for most of us (can I get an amen from moms of toddlers and littles!). The community at HelloMornings encourages you to start anywhere. How does three minutes sound? #doable
The 3 Minute Morning Routine has three parts:
The three are pretty self-explanatory. The first minute is God time, which is for Bible study and prayer. This can be reading the day’s verse from the YouVersion Bible app or even a Psalm, followed by a short prayer.
The second minute is for prayerful planning. It’s a time to ask God what He would like to accomplish in our lives today. One of my favorite things to ask God is from Lysa TerKeurst: “Lord, what is my assignment for today?” It’s also a chance to look over your days tasks and appointments and pray over them.
The final minute is move time. This could be stretches, a series of yoga poses or even a 60 second plank. HelloMornings Director Kat Lee says sometimes this is as simple as drinking a glass of water.
In addition to the 3 Minute Morning Routine, HelloMornings recently began a daily podcast you can use to guide your personal Bible study. I am using the five minute episodes in an addition to my current routine.
The podcast follows the 6-week “At My Savior’s Feet” study, which is a study of Jesus’ parables. You can choose to simply listen to the daily podcast, download the basic reading plan for free, or choose to between two different upgraded levels of the study for a nominal cost.
Whether you have an hour in the morning or just three minutes, make it a commitment to yourself to begin each day with intention. Set your mind on things that are
“true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worse; the beautiful, not the ugly; things praise, not things to curse” (Phil. 4:8, The Message).
I’d love to know more about your morning routine! Comment below with what you like to do, the tools and resources you use or maybe what your morning struggles are. And be sure to check out HelloMornings to see how to begin each day with purpose.