a new routine...

{our family's version of baseball}



I adore the early mornings.

I only wish I adored crawling out of bed.

I’ve been trying to figure out some changes that need to happen in our routine, especially for myself….making sure I have time in the Word, time to exercise, time to write, time to plan ~ for meals, school, just typical days’ activities.

SOOOO many details I want to nail down…at least for goals, and then we can work from there.  Because if I don’t start somewhere, it won’t get done. 

I want a solid routine. But, I also want to know, like a wise friend says….

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not break.”

I want to be better at the things I already do, and I want to incorporate more things.  I need to….for my good…..for theirs…for us all. I also need to find the things that need to go.

I’m tempted to just think these changes won’t happen…..because, actually at first, I always think they will happen. I  get excited about it, then wonder if I can actually follow through with it all,  I think I’ve set attainable goals for myself, so it should be easy enough.  but, will I keep it up?! If it’s easy enough, I will! If it doesn’t kill me, I will! So, yeah, i think I can do it! So, ok, let’s get started!


Being honest with myself is the first step.  God just reminded me that IT IS GOING TO BE HARD.  Don’t pretend like it’s not.  Don’t pretend like you can do it on your own….or that it should be easy enough.  Just face the fact and how DIFFICULT it WILL be…..and make a choice.  You want to do it OR you don’t.  You want the outcome or you don’t.

Well, when you put it that way.

Yes, I want HARD.  because I know hard is what life-changers do. World changers do hard. Leaders do hard. This life is short, and we live it once.  I don’t want to be stuck living in my comfort zone. I don’t want easy.  well, I do…but I don’t.  I want the results of hard.

and I need the determination of the Lord to do hard.  I need His strength, His patience, His wisdom, endurance, discipline.  I need it all from Him.

and I don’t want these goals to come before my children.  That’s just it.  It’s mostly all for them.  Everything I want to do will be better for them.  It will make me better for them. It will make their days better.  It will give me more quality time with them, making them priority.  It will help me be healthier for them ~ physically, spiritually, emotionally.  I do. not. want any of my goals to come at their expense.  quite the opposite.  and I want this all to be an example for them.  I want to lead the way in choosing hard over easy.

and now that I’ve said this on the world wide web, maybe it will be a little accountability to really get me going.  Please, if you know me, ask me about all of this at some point…or forever.  I will need accountability.  {and I will actually share more about that soon!}

So, back to that early morning….still trying to figure out the scheduling details…considering I realized today that I need almost an hour just to turn the alarm off 4 times, get up and get going just so I can settle down into some quiet time….which makes me want to go have some quiet time on my pillow.

Finding myself so groggy in the morning leaves me struggling to get started in some quiet time with God.  I know exercising first would be a great awakening. However, I think for myself, I need to start my day off like 1 Timothy 4:8

“for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

so, bodily discipline IS good.  But, discipline for godliness is better.  So, first it shall be.

at least in this house, at this time.  because I know sometimes, whatever’s not first has a high possibility of getting interrupted or overlooked by all the crazy things that can happen in a house of littles.

{unless exercising comes first on days when Matt's home and he sends me to the coffee shop for a few hours.  It opens at 7, so sure, I'll be glad to exercise before that! sweet man he is}

And, besides, I’m realizing, that when I’m having trouble getting started praying, reading, or meditating….

to just start praising Him, thanking Him will do the trick.

that can be my awakening.

Thinking on HIM and WHO He is and the awe of all that encompasses Him, really can get me going…especially when it’s accompanied with some good music plugged in the ears!

the verses that keep coming to mind {and that continue to be life verses and should be every momma's moto!}...

“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles, 
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.”
{Isaiah 40:31}

I want to soar through my day, and HE can make it happen. 


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