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
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
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)