Habits. This has been a word on my heart and mind for the last couple of years. I desire healthy habits for my children AND myself. Habits are wonderful. The day to day building of these habits? Perhaps not as wonderful! 😉 Habits take dedication, discipline and doing things you sometimes don’t want to do. Don’t tell my children I just said that.
Slowly, I have built a morning rhythm. One habit on top of each other. I make my bed, wash my face and do yoga, most days. Sometimes I trade yoga for a shower.
My most important habit though? It is what I do, first thing, after I have allowed my mind and body to wake up. This sometimes takes long or short, it depends on the day. I am a slow morning person. I sit up in my bed. Sometimes I light a candle and most days I open my curtains so I can stare at the world outside. I sit back down and reach for my Bible, journal and current bible study. I sit with Jesus.
When my first was little I would sit with Jesus during his first morning nap. He was a glorious nap-taker and I would have one nap to sit with Jesus, one nap for something creative and then sometimes another one to do, I cannot even remember anymore! So much free time! It was when I had my second child that this all changed. She was an early riser and not much of a nap taker. Sometimes I would put her in the baby swing during my son’s nap so I could look at my bible then. It was when she was one, that I realized if I wanted to fit in things that were important to me, I would have to start making new time for them, I would have to begin new habits. I began with five minute yoga routines and even then my kids were crawling over me! I learned that I could not even get out of bed to do my time with Jesus because otherwise I would get distracted and start cleaning something. It was then, that I put my Bible and journal right by my bed. Genius, right?!
Sometimes I wake up an hour before my kids get up. Sometimes it is five minutes. Sometimes I have to tell them to play for ten minutes while I sit with Jesus. I love the hour times with God, they are amazing. This year has not been a regular one hour times with God and I have had to give myself grace. But, guess what? Even, if I only have five minutes with Him, the verse I read, has power. I can feel his presence, and just knowing or remembering with me, makes all the difference. I need this long or short time of remembering that my Father is with me and remembers me.
This verse from the Psalms has shouted to me this week, “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.” Each morning, by showing up, I allow my Father to bring me word of his unfailing love. I need to hear it every morning.
Building habits allow space for God to speak in them. Building habits is a process, day by day. Building habits are so worth it. Give yourself room to mess up (I am speaking to myself here too) and allow room to see what beauty grows out of these habits. Amen.