A little while ago I read “Morning Miracle” by Hal Elrod, it is not a Christian book but it has changed my life. It encourages you to get up early every day and do some things that are going to make a significant impact to your life. Although he suggests six things you can do he also states that you can adapt your morning to suit you so that you get the most out of it and so this is what I have done.
His first thing he recommends is a time of silence which he says can be prayer, meditation, or anything where you are silent for one minute or longer. I use this time every morning, as soon as I wake up, as a short prayer time (I have a longer prayer time later in the day.) This short prayer time is really just time for me to ask God to help me and give me strength through the day and also pray for those close to me briefly.
Another thing I do in the morning (for approximately half an hour) is soaking – listening to Christian music and allowing God to minister to me through it. This is a wonderful time to just rest in God’s presence.
I also have my Bible reading in the morning, I don’t spend too long on this but generally read about two chapters and take short notes.
In addition to this I do a few other things like exercise, journal, read, etc. I wake up every day just before 5am and only really need to start getting ready for work (other than having breakfast and something to drink) at about 7am so this gives me two hours to fit in all these activities which really make a big difference to my day. I know that I am putting God first (literally) and I receive His strength to get me through the day (very necessary with the difficult year I am just trying to get through!)
Honestly, I never thought I would get into spending so much time with God so early in the morning. I always used to say how I preferred afternoon or evening quiet times because then I didn’t feel rushed and like I was just ‘trying to get God out of the way’ before rushing into my day but the truth is that I have found that if I start the day with God then I am in a better mindset to cope with everything else that is coming my way. Starting the day with prayer and soaking actually wakes me up relaxed and helps to relieve my stress levels.
So how do you start your day? Let me encourage you, even if you think you are ‘NOT a morning person’ to attempt to wake up half an hour to an hour earlier and make more time for God in the morning. You really will find that it changes your day and gives you a better perspective as you face your every day life and the challenges it brings.