Joy Comes in the Morning
My 6am alarm goes off and I scramble out of bed. I head straight to the coffee pot and pour myself a cup of joe as soon as it finishes brewing. Next thing you know, I am criss-cross applesauce on the floor in my room with my coffee in one hand and Bible in the other. Anywhere from 10-30 minutes goes by, and I’m back in the kitchen making breakfast.
It’s routine. It’s habit. And it brings me a lot of joy.
I remember when I started my morning routine. I was in high school and decided I was going to start reading my Bible every day. One morning, I found myself on the couch in my parent’s living room with my Bible, a journal, and a pen. I started off by writing out prayers and reading scripture. That’s when my calligraphy started too. I would hand-letter verses that stood out to me and then pray about them. In the past 5 years, my routine hasn’t changed much. I wake up way earlier than I need to, but spend quality, quiet time doing something that brings joy to my soul.
It’s simple. It’s slow. And it’s most often the most joyful, peaceful part of my day.
Do you wake up early or do you sleep in until the last minute? I challenge you to set your alarm just 15 minutes earlier and make the time to do these 3 simple things that bring so much joy.
Hydrate & Caffeinate.
I am a girl who loves her coffee, but I also know the importance of being hydrate. Coffee contains caffeine and caffeine has a mild diuretic effect. You’re already a little dehydrated when you wake up in the morning, so ensuring your body has the water it needs before that cup of joe is important!
Spend time in the Word and pray!
There is so much truth in the Bible that remains hidden unless we seek it out. God has a really cool way of using scripture to influence our day to day lives. Spending time in the word helps us to know Him more and to allow Him to speak to us. Same with prayer. Opening your heart to the Lord and spending time in conversation with Him allows us to grow closer to Him and to know Him more. I have been prayer journaling for 5 years, and it’s so amazing to see how God answers prayers. I also love using a devotional to guide my time in the Word. Jesus Calling was my go-to 5 years ago and I passed it down to my little sis to help guide her quiet time. I am currently using my Made His Way Devotional that goes through the book of Ephesians. It’s a daily reminder that my worth and beauty is found in Christ alone.
Your mom wasn’t lying when she said breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It doesn’t need to be anything special, just something! Your body is running on empty when you wake up, so getting something in you is important to get your metabolism reved up. Skipping breakfast is like driving a car off fumes, it just hurts the engine. Be kind to your body and give it some fuel. I usually grab a piece of banana bread as an easy breakfast, and my friend Janie has some great recipes for banana bread and other yummy foods on her website.
Comment below your favorite part of your morning routine!