I set a very simple goal for myself. Simple, but a goal that I have never found the motivation to consistently meet. I wanted to start getting up early so I could have time before my daughters woke up for the day.
The possibilities of what I could do alone for that hour are practically endless. My three main reasons to have this morning alone time included:
- Morning Devotion
- Writing and Blogging
Two reasons on the side:
- Headstart on household tasks, cleaning, organizing
I decided to stop thinking and talking about it and just do it. Since I made the decision, getting out of bed at 6 AM has been shockingly easy for me. One of the reasons is that I’m excited to get up and write. I’m enjoying using the blog as my motivation to get up every morning and write about my Morning Wake-Up Goal.
Some mornings I start writing within minutes of getting up. Other mornings I read a short devotion before I hop on the computer to write.
I’m doing a devotional series that leads up to Christmas. Yesterday morning there were two longer readings, one of them being Luke 2: the story of Jesus’ birth. I saw that the readings included two chapters instead of the usual verse or two and thought: That’s way longer than usual. This is going to take more time and I will be getting on the computer later…
Whoa. Hang on. One of the main reasons that I want to get up early is my desire to have an uninterrupted devotion in the morning. I want to spend some time in God’s Word and not be rushed. I want to not just check it off my list, but really study. I know the importance of being surrounded by God’s Word. I desire to study it, share it, live it. It’s hard to admit, but too often I race through a devotion to get that checked off the to-do list in my head.
I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119:16
Two seconds later, I realized how terribly off I was. I knew what I had to do. No blog. No update on the morning. I was using my daily morning blog to help me be accountable to my 6 AM wake-up, but I was missing the point of my goal to get up early every morning. I want to start my day in God’s Word, unrushed.
I spent the morning reading Luke 2, Matthew 2, and the devotion that went along with the chapters. I slowed down and really studied it.
I learned that it’s important to reevaluate our goals. To tweak as we go along. Yes, this blog is a wonderful way to help me be accountable to getting up early, but I cannot lose sight of the bigger picture.
What are your goals in writing or blogging? In motherhood or spouse-hood? In friendships or work? In health or exercise? Stay true to the goals. But although you don’t want to give up or get side-tracked, don’t always focus 100% on the goal as you originally set it.
Step Back: Reevaluate and Reassess your Goal.
Make changes when you feel the need. I made a very small tweak to my plan, but it was of utmost importance.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:35
This post is from day 11 of my journey to make the most of my mornings by creating an early morning wake-up habit. Read all about it here: How to Enjoy an Early, Joyful, and Productive Morning.
Stop by to see where I link-up my posts each week: Link-Up List