How to Invite God into Your Morning Routine

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I don’t know about you, but my mornings are pretty frantic. I will usually wake up, check my texts I missed from the night before, scroll Instagram for a bit, workout, shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, make my lunch and run out of the door. This rushed and frantic morning does not result in a peaceful day. Trust me. My brain is all over the place and it’s really hard for me to focus on the day before me. There are so many things demanding our attention and it’s hard to find stillness in the chaos. We have full time/part time jobs, project deadlines, relationships, and oh not to mention maintaining something of a social life. How do we gain clarity in the chaos? How can find peace in our mornings before the day grabs our full attention?

I believe the answer is found in returning to God each morning. We must come before God and seek His face.  Inviting God into your morning routine allows you to set your mind on God before anyone or anything else can. What I’ve learned is when I start my day with God, I feel more peaceful and I can really enjoy my morning. I don’t feel anxious or rushed, I feel true peace. I am hopeful about how the Lord is going to use my life to shed light on others and encourage my soul. Who wouldn’t want that!?

Here are a few tips on how to seek God before you start your day:
Ditch your morning social media fix
I know it’s tough, but this habit can be energy draining to your soul. I have had mornings where before my feet could even touch the floor I have seen what everyone else is doing and suddenly I feel like I have done nothing with myself. It’s crazy but true! What I like to do in the morning is read at least one one verse of the Bible before I start my day. The Bible App is a great resource for this. You can even set a notification on your phone to send you a daily verse synced with when you usually wake up. You’re going to reach for your phone anyway, so why not reach for something that is life giving, not life draining.
Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statues of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

Get your praise on
Another fun way to invite God into your routine is by listening to some worship music. I will usually listen to worship music while I’m in the shower or as I am doing my makeup. This gives the mind an opportunity to focus solely on Jesus. You’re not thinking about the presentation in class you have to do or how you’re dreading your shift at work, but your focus shifts to God’s goodness. I recommend making your own playlist. This is perfect for when you are just waking up and don’t have time to search for that one song that get you going. There is some amazing worship music out there that is perfect for any part of your day. Here’s my current favorite playlist.
1.      Crowns- CASS
2.      Nothing but the Blood (feat Deitrick Haddon)
3.      Illuminate (Na Na Na Na)- CASS
4.      All My Love –Hollyn
5.      Wildfire- Fuse
6.      Count It- Jor’dan Armstrong
7.      Not Today- Hillsong United
8.      Unknown- MOSAIC MSC
9.      Let Your Glory Fall- Kari Jobe
10.   Any song on Still Believe (Live)- Kim Walker Smith!!!
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 

Write a gratitude list.
This has become my favorite new daily practice. There is so much peace and joy in having a grateful spirit. Giving thanks to God not only magnifies His name, but it also minimizes our worries and problems. I suggest writing a list of ten things each day. Ten is a great number because it stretches you to really find the good in your day no matter how small or trivial it may seem.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

And lastly but MOST importantly…PRAY!
I know this seems pretty obvious, but I’ll be honest and say praying in the morning has been very hard for me to do. I grew up thinking you always say your prayers before you go to bed. Never did I think that God could want to hear from me twice in one day! What a radical thought!? Sometimes I will spend a few minutes just praying over my day. Sometimes it could be asking for forgiveness or confessing sin to Him. Some mornings I am stomped and I sit in silence with Him to see what He has to say to me. I also created a prayer journal. For you over thinkers out there, this was a great way for me to organize my prayers/thoughts and also a great tool to see how God has been faithful in the things I am praying for.  Also it’s just another great excuse to buy a cute journal! :D
I’ll leave you with this verse from Galatians. “Let us not become weary in doing good , for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). You are kicking butt girl! You simply taking time to read this means that you want to grow in your faith and you are killing it! The journey is hard, but you are still fighting. That means so much. Please never forget how encouraged and loved you are by the creator of the Universe!
Feel free to comment and include your favorite way to connect with God in the morning. I would love to hear how you start your day!

Keep shining,


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