Make Over Your Morning: Be Still

My mornings tend to be rushed. Mostly, they are rushed because I try to squeeze too much activity into the allotted time.  Always, there is so much to do and so little time.

I know that the most important thing I can do with this time is to pray, read the bible, and read my daily devotional.  But this is the part of my morning that I really have to be intentional about or it doesn’t get done.

Here’s the problem. Reading and quiet thinking first thing just doesn’t work for me. I will fall right back to sleep (it has happened many times).

I have learned that I need some sort of physical activity (even if it’s just emptying the dishwasher) to wake me up. While the coffee is doing its thing, I get busy with work involving the computer keyboard or handwriting.

So here’s my solution.

My early morning solitude ends when others in my household wake. I usually try to end the work I am doing so that I have 20 minutes of quiet time to read, pray, and think before anyone else wakes. At that point, I am wide awake and the danger of falling back to sleep has passed.

So what do I read during that time? The bible, of course, but I also enjoy using a daily devotional.

I recently finished Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts Devotional (I have been through it three times already). The other devotional I’m using is Streams in the Desert which is a 365 day devotional.

Often, I will reread the morning’s devotion as part of my bedtime routine. It’s amazing how I often see things that I missed when I read through a second time.

I’ve had to work at finding time to be still. I keep making adjustments until I find what works for me. What works for you?