As summer comes to an end and Autumn is teasing us with the hope of cool days, we begin the shift to school schedules and new routines. If you are a summer-lover, this is dreadful news. If you are an all-things-autumn lover (me!), this begins the best time of the year. Cool weather energizes me. Autumn has always felt to me like January is supposed to feel- a feeling of anticipation and fresh new beginnings.
But even good changes require shifting- in our calendars, in our routines and in our minds. Emily Freeman recently offered a Next Right Thing challenge as a prompt on Instagram, and I thought it would be a wonderful prompt to usher in this new season.
Sometimes, when things are changing, if we can keep something the same, like our morning routine, it gives stability to our days. You probably have a morning routine and maybe you haven’t even thought about it. Or maybe you don’t and you’d like to.
I have a morning routine: I’m up by 4:15, reading my Bible and drinking coffee. I often journal, or do a Bible study along with wherever I left off reading. I’m using the The One Year Bible right now and it makes it easy to follow and be on track to have read the entire Bible this year. If it’s a workout morning, I’m doing that at 5:00. Then it’s a shower, breakfast, some dinner prep and making sure #4 gets off to school okay. I often chat with a friend on my way to work, and I’m at work by 7:30. It’s a full morning before I even get to work. The part that anchors me though is that time at 4:15, when the house is dark and I’m the only one up. I need that time with the Lord more than anything else. If my whole routine were to get upset, that would be the last to go. I would sacrifice my workout, sacrifice dinner prep, or even breakfast…but not those quiet few minutes.
As summer fades to fall and I think about how I spend my minutes (because minutes makes up our days, right?), I am even more sure that the time at 4:15 for me is sacred, precious and to be protected. To celebrate this idea I’m planning on adding a candle to my morning routine, something calming and beautiful. I honestly don’t know why I don’t already do this.
What can you add or do differently in your morning? Is there some little part you can acknowledge as precious and celebrate it?
If you want, you can follow along at #mynextrightthing and #breatheandbeginagain on IG.