Here is the reality. If you follow me on FB (Facebook.com/carenscorner) you have seen my live videos daily sharing about my struggle to keep up with a morning routine that honored the Lord and ensured my time with Him was never compromised. My reality? I was waking up around 7:30am and instantly looking at my phone (emails, notifications, messages, etc.) and was sucked right into the noise of the world. Next thing I know It's 9:30/10am and I make sure to get my workout in (because apparently that is nonnegotiable) and then by the time I shower and have my shake it's 10:30/11am. I go back to work and the day slips from me. Where was my time with God? Just because I work from home does not mean that you just find time...you have to MAKE time. I knew it was time to stop making excuses and instead make a way for CHANGE.
This past weekend I sat down with my husband and expressed my embarrassment and shame for how whacked out my routine has been and asked for accountability. He wakes up every day at 4:45AM to spend time with Jesus before heading to the hospital for work. I decided I was going to wake up with him and NOT look at my phone at all. Instead, I would go right downstairs, make some coffee and sit with my Bible and spend time with Jesus.
Today was day 3 of this and let me tell you something. You have to know yourself. Some may say "Caren, why don't you just spend time with God in the afternoon or evening?" My answer? I am not focused then. My mind is already weighed down by noise and I can't think clearly. I know I won't be present. The same way you have to pick a workout time YOU can be consistent with, I had to pick a time with God I would be PRESENT in. Fully. And that is mornings for me.
So here I am. Waking up early (it's not easy) but being intentional because my relationship with God is worth it and should never be compromised. What I have found is a new fullness of joy, peace, and strength. Even the way I make decisions throughout the day have been greatly influenced (positively) by His presence because I am more AWARE of Him.
I am sharing this with you to encourage you. Our routines DO matter. How we prioritize our time DOES have an impact on our soul. We need to stop and pay attention and reflect. No more excuses. It was time to make a WAY.
A Bit About ME!
Hey friend! My name is Caren and I am so glad you stopped by! This blog is a bit of my corner on the internet where I share honest thoughts about my faith journey, fitness journey, doctor wife journey, and motherhood journey. ALL of it! The good bad and ugly! I pray that something I share encourages you today!