If ever there was a person who could not get up for a quiet time, you are looking at them right now. Ok so you’re not looking at me, but it’s definitely me. As a kid it was a family joke how much I was not a morning person. In college most of my friends would catch up with me AFTER breakfast.
It’s a little better now. For one thing I now know that I was often suffering from seasonal allergies that were making me feel terrible. Living in the desert and over the counter allergy medication have done wonders.
However, I still just don’t do mornings well. I’ve shared before how I have struggled to get up for a quiet time, and I have struggled again recently to get myself up. So I wanted to share with you my plan for getting back into the routine of getting myself out of bed every morning for this.
Identify your obstacles
My biggest obstacle right now is that I’m just so tired. We recently bought a fixer upper and have been remodeling it slowly. Right before we moved in I was juggling packing, loading the car, and then driving to the new house to work on it all day.
We ripped up carpet that was decades old, painted, laid laminate floor (I learned on YouTube), and much more. As of move in day we still needed to install our oven, lay floor in one of the bedrooms and generally just work on the house. There isn’t a room that is done.
I don’t want to say all this to excuse not having a quiet time when life is busy. I have been having my quiet time any way that I can. It’s not the same though. I know that its better if I can get up before my kids and have those quiet minutes to listen to God. So I need to shift back to that.
You’re in a Difficult Season of Life
Moving isn’t the only difficult season of life. Babies, transitions in job, sickness, there are so many things that can derail a morning quiet time. Take a moment to evaluate if you are in a difficult season of life, or whether you need to shift a habit in your life.
If you are in a difficult season of life, hang in there! Babies grow and change every few weeks. What works today might not work next week, what doesn’t work today might be perfect in a month. Give yourself grace and do the best you can. I didn’t kill myself to get up super early while we were remodeling so I could keep my body healthy. Instead, I fit time with God in any way I could. You could listen to your audio Bible, you could have a fifteen minute reading time for the kids (and you!) If all else fails, put on a tv show and go to your closet to get away. This too shall pass!
You Need to Make a Change in Your Habits
If you are up late watching your favorite tv show, it should come as no surprise when you hit snooze on your alarm clock the next morning. Maybe you need to make lunches the night before and then hit the sack 30 minutes earlier. Look at your night routine and try to find a way to get the sleep you need so you can get up in the morning.
Your Kids Get up When You Get up
I have been there. Take this as an opportunity to train your kids rather than be discouraged. My middle daughter can be an early riser. When she was still little I taught her how to read a digital clock. I put a post it arrow on the hour and wrote a seven on it. The rule was that I would not be making breakfast until the numbers matched. Once she realized that she wasn’t getting breakfast early by getting up early she started sleeping later.
She is still my earliest riser. If she is up I will sometimes switch to audio for whatever passage I am reading and she will listen along. Sometimes she will get her Bible and sit with me to read. Try to find a way to have your quiet time even if your kids sometimes get up. They will catch on to the fact that you aren’t available until a certain time. It might take a few days, but don’t give up!
Why Get up for a Quiet Time?
If you don’t have a clear ‘why’ for getting up early to do your quiet time, it is likely that it will not become an ingrained habit. For me, getting up early is necessary for a few reasons:
- I am less likely to get busy and forget to have it.
- The quiet of the early morning gives me freedom to do more with my quiet time.
- The early morning is more free of distractions.
- After establishing the habit in the past, I know that I genuinely prefer to get up early to have a quiet time.
- I’m hungry for time with God and this time of day is most likely to provide that.
In the gospels there are times when Jesus withdraws to desolate places to pray. Sometimes he prayed late into the night, sometimes he got up early to pray. His busyness did not determine whether he did this. In fact, we see him leave crowds to find solitude for prayer. His ‘why’ was to seek relationship with the Father.
Whatever your why is, write it out. Put it on a post it where you will see it when you sit down to read the Bible. Pray that God will make you more hungry for his Word and his presence.
I’m Trying Something New!
Starting bright and early this morning I got on Instagram stories as soon as I woke up for just a couple minutes before I started my quiet time. I let you know what I’ll be reading each morning and giving a few tips and things that I do for my quiet time each day. If you want some accountability or just want to see what I am doing with my quiet time this week, click over to my Instagram to check it out.