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It’s my way or the highway.

Not really. πŸ˜‰

I’m not one to say you must do things a certain way to be a true Christian (well, besides the obvious things) – I just want to share where my heart was before last year and where it is today. Hopefully it can give you some encouragement or a new idea for your own life, in the very least!

Struggling to actual maintain a daily quiet time with God? Here is some encouragement for you! || sydneyelizabeth.blog

The Beautiful Thing Called Morning (And How I Finally Found It)

For years I struggled finding a perfect “quiet time” – a time of day I could always set aside and count on as my prayer/Bible reading/journaling time. Have you struggled with this, too?

The problem worsened, of course, when I became a mother. Now my schedule wasn’t just filled with an “8:00-5:00” job and all the extra activities of life – it was dictated by a sporadic never-the-same “24-7” job. After my baby slept through the night, I should not have had such an issue with this, I thought, so the guilt set in.

I knew that I needed to get up in the mornings. I knew it but I could not do it!

But I began to feel like my difficulties with waking up might be a challenge from God or at least a worldly issue that I needed to overcome. I gave thanks for the challenges He was laying before me, however small this one sounded like. To conquer it, I looked up Bible verses that had to do with mornings. It seemed like perhaps this would be a good motivation for me.

That and prayer. No one knew my struggles better than God, so who better to talk to? There was no way (obviously, after so many years) I was going to beat this problem with my own strength and I needed Him to be able to daily find Him!

There’s no magic solution to creating disciplines. Sure, there are countless books, classes, apps and websites to assist in your productivity, efficiency and whatever else you need to create a habit, but I had tried everything.

There’s no “easy” explanation of how I finally did it, but now I rise before 5:00 every morning no matter what. If it was a rough night, so what? I need God more than I need sleep. My eyes can close later.

On extremely rare occasions (like being on three airplanes in one day with a toddler) I miss a day. It’s not perfect. But it’s close enough to perfect that I’m okay with maintaining my sanity on days like last week when we were moving from South America to Oregon. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, without further ado (I really feel like rambling today – someone stop me!), here are the Bible verses I wrote into my journal last year. Somehow this is when my life changed and I hope they can be motivation for you as well.

Psalm 5:3 —

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you.

Lamentations 3:22-23 —

Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Psalm 143:8 —

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.

Isaiah 33:2 —

Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

Mark 1:35 —

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

1 Chronicles 23:30 —

They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. They were to do the same in the evening…

Psalm 55:17 —

Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.

Psalm 59:16 —

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

Psalm 88:13 —

But I cry to you for help, Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you.

Psalm 90:14 —

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Psalm 92:1-2 —

It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,

Mornings are precious to me. My husband rises early, too, but we find places in our homes to stay separated and have created a {mostly} no-talking boundary that helps us maintain focus on God during the sweet, peaceful times before the sun rises.

Things will change soon with the newborn arriving (and with any other future newborn), but it’s just a period. Now that I have this discipline in my life, I know I will be able to always have it.

I genuinely want to know how you have conquered finding daily quiet time – or if you still struggle with this! Please let me know your thoughts or even if I could pray for you as you work on this vital discipline!

9 thoughts on “The Beautiful Thing Called Morning and How I Finally Found It

  1. I struggle with this more than I care to admit. I love to stay up late and read or watch a movie. Thing is, you’re absolutely right- time growing closer to our Father in Heaven is unimaginably more important. Your post has inspired me. Thanks for the advice and scripture references.

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    1. Me too, the late night love! Especially since becoming a mama, right? I bet your husband goes to bed early being a farmer? Mine does, so it’s so tempting to have that quiet time after the family’s asleep to do whatever I want. I totally get you. I’m glad you were able to be encouraged by this. ❀

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  2. I absolutely agree! I have always struggled with getting up early, but this year I FINALLY made a change and began getting up earlier. It turned out to be quite an amazing time alone with God. I am still working on making it a consistent habit – fell off the wagon when we started having anxiety issues with my daughter that had us up multiple times per night (it felt like the newborn stage again). However, I do find that days that start with getting up early and being with God really go SO much better, even if it’s just simply my attitude.

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    1. For months, I’ve actually been getting in my Quiet Time during the afternoon nap — it’s the very first thing I do when I get them asleep and haven’t missed a day since maybe January, so I praise God for that! But it’s funny you wrote today because we were just changing up the plan earlier this week! My husband is helping with some morning things I usually have to do with the kids and it allows me some extra time in the morning. I still have the reliable afternoon nap to depend on if the night was rough, but they sleep well now and I’m excited to get back at QT in the mornings. πŸ™‚ I know I’m in a crazy chapter having little kids but I still think morning is best — it just starts everything out the best way! These Bible verses still encourage me in this area.

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