3 Ways to Prioritize A Morning Quiet Time Without Stressing
The idea of a morning quiet time - just you, your Bible, a cup of coffee, and Jesus - has always sounded very appealing... and maybe out of reach. Here are three practical, real-life ways to prioritize a morning quiet time without stressing.
We all know that every one of us is only given 24 hours in a day, so, yes, the secret to having a peaceful quiet time is to make it a priority.
But let's be real. It's not always easy. You wake up tired, get your beverage and Bible, determinedly bypass the dishes in the sink to head to your quiet time spot, only to realize once you sit down that you can't take your mind off those dishes... and the rest of your to-do list.
You close your Bible and head to the kitchen. You won't get much out of your Bible time with your mind elsewhere so you might as well start the rest of your day. We've all been there.
It's time to problem solve! Start with these three tips.
1. Take care of triggers at night.
Those dishes that distract you every morning can't stop you from focusing on your Jesus-time if you take care of them the night before.
Consider for a moment what triggers you in the morning, makes you feel stressed, or sends you into go-go-go mode. Can you picture it? Now think about, realistically, how long that one task - or maybe it's a few of them - would take you to do the night before.
By doing an extra 15 minutes of chores after dinner, you'll likely allow yourself to start off the day on the right foot with peace in your heart and a focused mind.
2. Get good sleep.
The first thing we think of when we want to add something to our morning routine is how we will have to wake up early and lose sleep.
Now, we have already said that each of us only gets 24 hours a day, so we will have to give up something to add that morning quiet time, but... I recommend that you don't give up sleep.
Research shows that people do best on 8 hours of sleep a night. Waking up tired and unable to focus is not ideal for your time spent in Scripture.
Instead, if you have to get up early to prioritize a morning quiet time, make sure you get to bed early, too. Your body needs rest. Don't skip it!
3. Set specific goals.
Are you an all-or-nothing type of person? I am.
It's hard for me to set a new goal and not meet it completely. It's even harder with lifestyle changes. It basically means that I want to have a morning quiet time every day for the rest of my life.
For someone like me, that goal can be overwhelming and leaves a lot of room for perceived "failure". Can you relate?
Instead, set a smaller and specific goal:
"I want to have a morning quiet time," is an okay goal, but, "I want to study the Bible for 15 minutes a day, 6 days a weel for the next 3 weeks," is even better.
Get even more specific by setting a time, location, and study guide to your goal. And don't forget to plan for obstacles and how to deal with them.
Make Over Your Mornings
These three tips are taken from Crystal Paine's online course, Make Over Your Mornings.
In 14 video sessions accompanied by a thorough workbook, Crystal helps you change your mornings into a refreshing and productive part of your day.
Beyond establishing a quiet time, this course will lead you to overcome negative mindsets and initiate practical routines that will result in a morning that sets you up for a successful day. Crystal shares her own morning routine, family life, and both successes and struggles openly to allow us to learn from her.
By the way, Crystal is a pastor's wife, home-schooling Mom, and online entrepreneur. Her plate is full but her day starts with Jesus, Scripture, and her thankfulness journal. Her story is inspiring and her daily tips are practical and doable.
You can find out more about this course here. (Psst, this is an affiliate link. That means when you purchase Make Over Your Mornings or another of Crystal Paine's courses through this affiliate link, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. This is a great way to support both ministries while getting all the value her courses have to offer.)
Good news: This course is not about getting up early but making the most out of the time you are given!
We will be talking about refining routines, de-stressing our lives with simple plans and resources, and setting ourselves up for more peaceful time with Jesus inside our free Facebook community group, My Scripture Confident Life, this August 2018. Join us at any time!
I highly recommend signing up for the Make Over Your Mornings course to get the most out of this series. Say goodbye to stress and failed routines as you make over your mornings in just 14 days.
Click here to get started.
Do you have a morning quiet time? If so, share with us in the comments below how you set it up successfully. You might just share the tip someone else needs to hear!
See you inside the group. Let's say goodbye to stress and hello to peaceful mornings with our Savior.
Oh, and by the way, if you really hate mornings but still want to join us in establishing a life of less stress and more peace, join our Facebook group and sign up for Crystal's course, Make Over Your Evenings, instead! You'll be able to join our group discussion just the same.