Saying “Hello” to my morning was not a built in habit for me. Even when I was a young child, I often wanted to draw the covers over my head and sleep a few more minutes.
Only when I had something to look forward to was I able to jump out of bed. In all truth, the jump was a rush, because I was going to be late if I didn’t hurry up. When I was a teen, the 2 minute shower became a routine for me. Not eating was a terrible habit. Driving to work (or school) with solid ice windows, because I didn’t have the time to defrost them properly, so I was peeking out a sliver of barely warm glass, was not a safe habit, but my habit nonetheless.
This bad habit left me rushing through my day. I always felt like I was never ahead. Always behind the ball. Playing catch up. Can you relate?
Fast forward to married life and children. It was easy to stay in my jammies after having my first child. Not change out of them till the afternoon to look presentable to hubby. I mean child #1 didn’t care. He was just happy to be with me, right? But I did feel ashamed at times when I had someone drop in. That didn’t make me feel bad enough to change my habits, not yet.
More children came and I started changing some things. However, it became more difficult to keep the house clean. The more kiddos I had, the less I found the time to get said shower before hubby came home.
We started to homeschool. That was when I realized that my life was not as orderly, or well managed as I thought, but hey, they were little. It’s not like I had a full-fledged school schedule that I needed to maintain, yet. Time rolled on.
I started feeling guilty about my morning hours all the time now. Not just my mornings, but my “always feeling behind”. So much to do, never enough time. So many Titus 2 women surrounded me and gave me the excuse that “because I had little ones (now between 2 1/2 and 6) it was ok.” “The Lord understood.” “You could have time with God, when you have time.” “All will get done.” They would insist I needed rest and needed to be ok with my season of life. To some degree that was true.
What was not good is that excuses were given to me, and I let them define my life. If the Lord wanted me to spend time with Him, was calling me out of a funk, wanting me to seek Him at the first of the day, rather than waiting till I pulled my hair out. They should have encouraged me to find the time or make it.
I love these women who were there for me. Yes, my hubby was at war in Iraq. Yes, I was doing it by myself. But I see now that those bad habits only became harder to break. As I grew older, they became more ingrained in my life and my children’s lives.
For several years, I labored to spend time with God, plan my day and get my body moving. No real accountability. All the women I knew either gave me excuses to help me out and coddled me, or used the same excuses I did. Even when I wanted accountability, I couldn’t find it.
It was sometime in 2012. I believe it was just before the Fall Challenge of that year for Hello Mornings. Some how I stumbled or clicked a link leading me to Kat Lee’s great website Inspired To Action. I knew I needed to join this group. I sought all the avenues before me to try to join a group. I found out they were on a break and eagerly waited for the next challenge.
The challenge came. I was relieved and excited. It was either September or October (I can’t remember, I was still recovering from a concussion) I joined the group that God led me to. I prayed, asked and truly did feel led to jump right in.
This group of ladies were not like me in life, dreams or daily living, but all had hearts to make more out of their time. To give God their mornings, plans and bodies. I knew I found a place of true fellowship in this area.
Hello Mornings bible studies are free and have been completely amazing. They are simple yet profound. Written in such a way that you really hear God. You can go as deep as you need.
The workbooks (a newer addition) have been so handy. They keep you focused and motivated. Sure, I fail. I am even a Group Leader. But it’s not about the failures. It’s about relationship and pressing forward. I love the groups because each woman can jump in where she is at in life.
I feel like many ladies do not understand that we are not here in Hello Mornings because we have it all together. We don’t have it all together, that is the reason we are here. However, we are working towards a goal to please the Lord in all that we do. We want to ask Him to lead our day and submit ourselves to His plans.
We are seekers who just keep seeking. Nothing less, nothing more.
This last year and a half have been the busiest years of my life. I have teenagers now. We have very full plates. I wake up early most days, again, not perfect. I get my time with the Lord. These times… I never, ever regret. Sleep is never better than time with Him. I get moving more often then before and feel much better for it. Now our plan for the day is laid out. Sure these plans change. That’s part of the whole process, submitting my plans to Him. But with those changes, I still have order and focus. I am more fulfilled and my family is benefiting from that fruit.
Had I not joined Hello Mornings, I have no idea how I could have pressed through the days we have had. I am so thankful for the many relationships I have built. The prayers and tears we have shared together. I look forward to one day meeting some of these women. It may never happen on this earth, but I am a more beautiful and complete person for what they have brought into my life.
So let me end with this. I encourage you, no matter where you are at in you life right now. Jump in with us. Get a fire lit inside of you. If you have fizzled, fan that flame. Get into a Hello Mornings Group and let yourself fly!
P.S. Hello Mornings has open registration happening right now. Here is a link where you can find a group within your time zone. This is happening all over the world! You will not be left out. join one today.
P.P.S If you don’t feel like you’re ready to jump into a group quite yet, or even if you are in one now, check out Kat’s free book Maximize Your Mornings here.
How do you say “Hello” to your mornings? Do you try to hide from your day? What ways have you found to help you wake up and be ready for all that God has for you?