Here’s a truth I wish wasn’t true: I am not a morning person.
It’s not that I’m grouchy, per se. I just don’t love mornings. If I could, I would stay in bed until 10am everyday. Part of that time would be actually sleeping – because this girl enjoys some sleep – and the rest would be just laying in bed thinking.
Fun fact: in college, my roommate and bestie would walk into our apartment in the middle of the afternoon after class and find me laying on my bed doing nothing other than thinking. She thought I was so weird.
Some people are verbal processors and need to talk through their ideas with others; I process in my head. So laying in bed and thinking seems strangely wonderful to me.
I very much like the idea of waking up while the house is still sleeping, enjoying a hot cup of coffee and starting the day with plenty of quiet time to think, pray, journal, read.
The problem is that I don’t actually drink coffee in the morning (gasp! I know) and my bed is just so comfy that anything else just can’t compete.
It seems like most people put early risers in the ‘I should be like that’ category. But I’ve tried and failed enough times to allow myself the freedom to say it’s just not the routine that works for me.
Instead, I wake up with very little time for lingering and just the right amount of time to get the younger kids breakfast, pack their lunches, throw on something somewhat presentable (or not) and drive them to school. This whole process takes me approximately 35 minutes.
I do like to start my morning with Truth and so before heading downstairs to do the morning routine, I like to squeeze in a quick devotional from the comfort of my bed.
In January I started the daily readings from New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp. I know I’ve talked about it before and I highly recommend it.
Each day’s one page reading is full of encouragement, conviction, scripture and deep theological Gospel truths. It’s a great one if you’re looking for a morning devotional to make you think and always point you back to Jesus.
We were just talking in church yesterday about how our mission is to share the good news and that doesn’t mean sharing grand, perfectly formed arguments about why Jesus is the answer. Nope. The most compelling and beautiful thing we can do is to share what He’s done in our lives.
Melanie’s new devotional has 100 stories about how Jesus has made Himself known in her everyday moments. I love reading stories like these to help me see Him in my regular life, too.
The third book I can’t get enough of is the She Reads Truth bible.
Do you have this one yet? It is so well done with helpful intros and resources, a bible reading plan, artwork scattered throughout (I contributed a few!) and a handful of She Reads Truth style devotions mixed in.
My longtime go-to bible is a NIV Study Bible. This is the one I write in and underline and never, ever want to lose because it holds so many memories and is like a journal of my faith. But I like having this second SRT bible as it is in a different version (the Christian Standard Bible) and I like comparing verses.
Anyway, in the morning, I don’t give myself much time to read, but I’m trying to at least open up my bible to whatever verse is referred to in the devotional reading for that morning. I love having these supplemental books to help us as we grow in our faiths, but there is nothing quite as powerful as the good ole bible.
What is your morning routine like? Are you an early riser or the stay-in-bed-for-as-long-as-possible type like me? And, do you have any devotionals you love? Let’s chat in the comments …