Skip the Snooze Button

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Before becoming a parent, I would picture myself having to shake my kids out of bed, force them to get ready for school, and frantically run after the school bus as it sped away. But the reality was my kids were the ones dragging me out of bed every morning. I knew something had to change. I had to take some major steps to get up earlier.

Whether or not you consider yourself a morning person, there are benefits to planning an early start to your day.

GET YOURSELF READY
Towards the end of a very hectic day, I happened to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, and to my horror, I realized I had not even taken a shower. And from the way I looked, I wondered if I even brushed my hair. Has this ever happened to you? Have you stayed in your pajamas or bathrobe all day, not by choice, but because your day started going a hundred miles per hour before your feet even hit the floor? By getting up just a few minutes early, you can hit the shower or at least change out of your pajamas.

GET CAUGHT UP
Daily Shoot 06.12.10 [Unfinished]Is there ever a day when you finish everything you had on your to-do list? Those dishes that were left in the sink overnight or the mountain of laundry whispering “fold me” every time you walk by. You will relieve yourself of some stress by getting up just a little earlier to cross those things off your list before more things get added on when the rest of the world wakes up.

GET IN SOME “ME” TIME
Is there a book that you’ve been wanting to finish? A blog post that you want to write? An exercise outfit that you actually want to exercise in? In the quiet hours of the morning, this is the perfect time to do it. Maybe your “me” time is just slowly sipping your coffee or tea instead of hurriedly gulping that hot liquid down. Whatever it may be, enjoy the peace and quiet.

GET ALONE WITH GOD
User Manual [Explored]My absolute most favorite part about rising early is spending some quiet, undistracted, unhurried time with God. It is when I receive my marching orders for the day. It is when I’m given His promises to hold me up during the toughest battles that I will face. It is when I can be open and honest about all my fears, conerns, and desires. It is when my heart sings, “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

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22 thoughts on “Skip the Snooze Button

  1. Very good points! When I do get up earlier than the kids, it’s so nice to sip my coffee without everyone talking (my ears don’t function well until I’ve been up for at least 20-30 min LOL). And isn’t that quiet time with the Lord the most awesome thing ever?! I am sad to say that I don’t get up early enough to do that most days….I really want to…I need to too!
    Thank you for the motivation of this post, I’m going to ask Him to give me strength to start doing this as well! XO

    1. Praying for God to strengthen you. Though we are aware of the benefits, I know the reality of getting up early every day doesn’t always happen. Thankful we have a gracious God, who doesn’t judge us according to how early we wake up or other works we do. We need to keep encouraging one another, don’t we?

      1. Thank you so much for the prayers! I have (in the past) gotten up at 5:30 and spent time with Him, but it’s been a long time. I couldn’t do it while pregnant with my third (haha) and then once he was born I was even MORE tired! But now that he is weaned, and sleeping very well at night, I can certainly go to bed and get up early. 🙂
        Yes, we definitely need the encouragement!

  2. You know, right now I am getting my quiet time alone. Ha! Baby on the inside doesn’t say much yet and doesn’t pull me out of bed. Just a few more weeks. I am not a snooze button hitter, I just stay in bed and try to stay awake…I think this make me more tired, but to convince myself to get out of bed. Not quite. I need to start working on this the last few weeks of pregnancy.

    1. That’s right! If baby decides to come in the middle of the night, you will certainly get pulled out of bed! I remember after my first child was born that some of my sweetest times in the Word was during those middle of the night feedings.

  3. Thank you so much for the reminders! This is probably one of my biggest set-backs in mothering….do good for a while and then slip back into bad habits. Do you really get up at 5:30?

    1. I agree. My biggest challenge in getting up early is getting to bed early the night before. If I could pick what would make me more productive in my day, it would be getting up early, not staying up late, but yes, slipping into bad habits can happen. I do try to get up by 5:30. Sometimes it doesn’t happen, and I try not to sweat it, as long as I’m striving to be disciplined in this. When my husband changed his work day to an earlier shift, it’s been easier for me to get up that early because he’s up as well. I hope some of the benefits I mentioned in the post will help you in getting motivated to rise early. Take care & God bless!

    1. Yes, I know what you mean. If I don’t get up early, I’ll never be able to finish a book and I would have to re-heat my coffee 5 times! Thanks for stopping by, Natasha!

    1. Funny about the coffee! There have been days when I’ve had to reheat my coffee multiple times. Sometimes, I don’t even bother and just deal with the lukewarm coffee. I don’t even know what good coffee is supposed to taste like anymore. 🙂

  4. Ai, I love this post! I love days when I wake up early to work out, and eat what I want with out sharing it. Lol And especially when I get to spend alone time with God!

    1. Yeah, sometimes I’m dragging myself out of bed, but once I’m up and doing things, I don’t regret it at all.

  5. I am not a morning person at all. The points you bring up, and very good ones indeed. I find my pitfall is staying up later than I should. I am so starved for “me time” that I stay up aimlessly soaking in kid-free time. In truth, I’m accomplishing close to nothing. This is needed incentive to change my sleep habits around a bit.

    1. I need to get better with sleeping early too, which would help me wake up early in the morning. But, I’ve found that “me” times in the mornings are more productive because there’s only so much time I have before the kids wake up. So, I actually tend to get more done in the mornings than when I stay up late at night. At nights, the limits aren’t so well-defined, so there’s a danger to wasting that time away.

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