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It wasn't that long ago that I would spend every Saturday sleeping until at least noon. Actually, given the chance, I could do it on a weekday, too! My first career out of college was in retail, and the schedule made a daily routine completely impossible. I was constantly exhausted, so it was always easy to sleep past noon.
When I made a career change almost a year ago, I thought for sure I would easily shift into an earlier morning routine. Surprise! It wasn't as easy as I expected. Most days, I would roll out of bed 20-30 minutes before I had to leave for work. In fact, even though I am naturally waking up earlier every day, it still doesn't come easily. Actually, it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I made the decision to be more intentional with my mornings and become a morning person. Today, I'm sharing the ways it's changing my days and how it can change yours, too!
Last week, I opened up about launching my blog and the overwhelming anxiety that followed. What finally helped me find peace and rediscover my purpose was simply turning to God instead of myself. It was making the decision to put Him first that allowed me to quiet the negative voices to listen to the One that truly matters. (And I also started reading Steven Furtick's Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God's Voice Above All Others - I'm only a few chapters in, and I already highly recommend this one!)
Putting God first in my priorities meant putting Him first in my days, too. The goal I set was to turn to the Word before checking my phone each morning. I finally made the decision that spending time with the Lord before anything else was worth sacrificing a few extra minutes of sleep. I was going to become a morning person!
But, I already knew this wasn't going to be easy! Remember, I was waking up each day with only a few minutes to spare! Maybe you're feeling the same way right now and wondering how in the world you're going to turn into a morning person by tomorrow?? Well, truthfully, you're not. And I certainly didn't either. Becoming a morning person is a process that requires grace.
Becoming a morning person
For me, the process began by gradually changing my wake up time. I started setting my alarm five minutes earlier each week. Surprisingly, it worked! By breaking it down into smaller blocks of time, I was able to get closer and closer to 5 AM.
I've found my sweet spot to be 5:30 AM for now, and that's okay. For me, that's where grace comes in. Some days, I know that the extra sleep is necessary and good for me. My goal is eventually to wake up at 5 AM daily, even on the weekends! But in the meantime, I'm giving myself grace.
The secret to becoming a morning person is to give yourself grace on the days it just doesn't happen.
Some days, the snooze button is just too tempting. Sometimes, you just need to sleep an extra thirty minutes on Friday after a long week. The best thing you can do is still spend 5-10 minutes in the Word - it makes all the difference!
Reasons it's worth it
The process of becoming a morning person (which is still in-progress for me) has been completely worthwhile, because it has changed the way I live my days. It can change your entire day, too. There are so many benefits to waking up sooner!
- Waking up earlier eliminates morning chaos. The more time you have to get ready, the more simplicity you add to the rest of your day! How many days each week are you literally running out the door to get to work or school on time??
- Getting up earlier allows time to eat breakfast. Haven't we all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? It's actually true! By eating breakfast every day, you'll jumpstart your metabolism and make healthier choices all day long!
- Waking up earlier creates more intentional time. Having extra time in the morning reminds me how it actually is possible to make time for what matters throughout the rest of the day. I find myself saying "there's not enough time" less & less each day.
- Getting up earlier helps align my priorities. God is my #1 priority, so spending time with Him first thing each day makes sense. Slowly, I'm seeing my mindset change to put Him first all day every day.
- Waking up earlier to read God's word starts my day off right. Bible study inspires and encourages me. It teaches me to listen to the Word more than the world, and I find myself adding prayer to my day (not just in the morning either!). Verses come to mind throughout the day and encourage me almost without effort.
God is doing incredible things in my short meetings with Him each morning. It's amazing to see all this happening after just a few weeks of waking up earlier. I can only imagine what God can do in my life over a month, 6 months, and a year. THAT makes waking up early worth it to me.
Each week on Cultivate Grace, you'll find a Simplicity Challenge of little ways to simplify & center your heart on Christ.
This week's challenge is two-fold. Simply start by setting your alarm 5 minutes earlier tomorrow! Use those extra 5 minutes to open your Bible (or the Bible app!). Let me know how it goes in the comments below!
And if you're feeling good after one day, try it again the next day...and maybe for another day and another. Before you know it, you'll have completed the Simplicity Challenge for an entire week. God can do wonderful things when we turn to Him and seek His voice above all others.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8
Have a blessed week, dear sisters! <3