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How to Create a Morning Routine that Works for You

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Routines make your homemaking easier, not harder. That’s why today I’m talking about how to create a morning routine that works for you. We all have unique needs and schedules and what works for one person may not be what works for another. You can, however, create a routine that works for you and your family!

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I’ve noticed over the years that some of my readers get pretty bent out of shape at my suggestion to wake up early in the morning. And while I still believe that early mornings offer the best time for moms to get in their Bible time and get a jump start on the day, I realize and understand that waking up early isn’t an option for everyone.

That’s okay!

Really, it’s just a suggestion. In fact, aside from any Scripture quotes on this blog – everything I write is a just suggestion. Most of the time I’m simply sharing what has worked for me. But that’s why I wanted to talk about how to create a morning routine that works for you and your unique set of circumstances.

My Morning Routine

For years waking up early, before the rest of the my family, usually around six o’clock (sometimes earlier) was what I did. I had a house full of young kids who were homeschooling and at the time I had more than a full plate of responsibilities. Waking up early was the only way I could get everything done!

I’m still busy, but my plate is not nearly as full as it used to be. I’m only homeschooling two kids now. The other three have moved on to college or gotten married. We have things like ice skating, gymnastics, and karate that keep us busy and our schedule often means that we don’t get to bed until late. So I wake up a little later. I wake my girls up a little later.

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They’re older now and it’s not the same as having little ones. They require less one on one care (they can dress themselves and even cook meals) although I’m a hands-on mama and spend a great part of each day doing things with them.

Motherhood is full of seasons. Life changes. Schedules change. Routines change. Bedtimes and wake up times change.

What really matters is that your morning routine works for your family and that you’re able to do what you need to get done each day.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

I’ve written about this before, but I wanted to share with you again. If you aren’t able to wake up before your family to have your devotions, it’s perfectly okay to read your Bible and pray while you’re children eat breakfast or play at your feet – or whatever you want them to do!

If they interrupt your devotion time, that’s okay, too! In fact, it’s wonderful for your kids to see you reading your Bible and praying. You might even want to ask them to join you.

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Jesus loves spending time with you – any time of the day! The thing about having your devotions in the morning is that it’s so easy for other tasks to get in the way of your devotion time if you wait til later in the day. However, that doesn’t mean you have to have your devotions in the early morning. What’s really important is not what time you pray or study but that you find time to stay connected with your Lord and Savior!

How to Create a Morning Routine that Works for YOU

If you’ve struggled with finding time to have a daily devotion, it’s time to make some new plans. You can create a morning routine that works for you. I promise!

To figure out what your morning routine would ideally look like, make a list of the things you’d like to accomplish. Then, make an approximate note of how long each activity will probably take you to complete. For example:

  • morning devotion {30 minutes}
  • start a load of laundry {5 minutes}
  • morning walk {15 minutes}
  • shower and get dressed {30 minutes}
  • cook breakfast {20 minutes}
  • eat breakfast with the family {20 minutes}
  • family worship around the breakfast table {15 minutes}
  • tidy kitchen after breakfast {15 minutes}

Factor in probable interruptions. Give your morning routine grace for the unexpected. And then decide what time you’d like to wake up in the morning. Decide which activities you can or are willing to do with your children present. And then make a schedule.

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Schedules or routines are not your master. Just because you think it’d be nice to have two quiet hours to yourself in the morning doesn’t mean your day is ruined if that’s not the way it works out. Life – especially with kids – can be chaotic at times. That’s okay!

His GRACE is sufficient enough for you and me!

Action Steps to Take Today

  1. Pray and ask God to show you what you need to get done in the mornings.
  2. Ask Him to show you how to create a morning routine that works for you.
  3. Make a list of the tasks you would like to accomplish in the morning and by what time you want to be done.
  4. Determine how much time you need to perform those morning routine tasks.
  5. Set your alarm for the morning, giving yourself adequate time to get things done plus interruptions.
  6. Go to bed at a reasonable hour, allowing yourself ample time to rest before your alarm goes off.
  7. Pray before you fall asleep that God will help you wake up in the morning ready to meet the day with a cheerful attitude.

How does your morning routine look like? Or how would you like for your morning routine to look like? If you have any questions let me know!

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  1. I love this! I had a morning routine but I struggled with staying faithful to it. I am going to try your suggestion "Writing down how long each event will take." Thank you
    1. I love this. I have been Struggling with morning routines. I wake up exhausted because am still breastfeeding then panic with time for breakfast etc. Thank you so much for this
  2. I can relate to the routine Melissa. It gets even busier when you have a child with severe special needs as we do. . I live in Jamaica and we have a saying "God does not give you more than you can bear". It gets less chaotic as the children get bigger and can help themselves but the extra curricular activities still continue. The morning routine definitely helps but I have to do much better at having my personal devotion time.. Thanks for sharing.
  3. My morning routine worked much better before it included blogs!! I love them so much that it's hard to walk away. Thank you for sharing at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Pinning. :)
  4. <3 that is all I can say about this post. :-) I super dooper struggle with getting up in the morning. I am working slowly towards getting up earlier and earlier. But you are 100% correct when you said just find time, anytime someway to spend time with God, even if the kiddos inturrupt! Thank you
  5. Melissa, thank you so much for sharing the "schedule" with us. My children are grown, but I still teach, and writing things down will help. The part of your post that really spoke to me, though, was the time you spend with your children. Honestly, I could/should have been a better mother to my daughter. I wasn't "present" for her as I should have been. I was impatient with her, and now have guilt, and wish terribly that she was young again so I could do it the right way. I guess what I am saying is, cherish the time you have with your babies, because before you know it, it's too late...
    1. Shannon, thank you for sharing. All moms have regrets, and I'm no different. However, one verse I have prayed many times is this one: "I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you." Joel 2:25. ESV God bless you and your family.
  6. Melissa! I so adore you! You are just such a peach and I love your encouragement!! I find being an overwhelmed momma that when I don't find time to have a morning routine for me I feel so lost throughout the day!! Your words of encouragement so enlighten me and help a lot!! Thanks for being such a gem <3

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