Hey ladies, I stumbled upon this youtube by Paul Washer (one of my favorite preachers to listen to online) and this was very encouraging to me! One of my favorite things he taught in here is that we meet with God in the morning not so we can have a little time with Him and be done, but instead so we can start our day with Him and walk with Him all day long. It’s short and seems choppy because the translator is edited out, but I think you GGG girls will be encouraged as I was. If you’re new around here, find out about the GGG (Get up early, Get with God, and Get ready for the day) Challenge and get your free printable to count down your days.
Hey ladies, how are you all doing on the challenge? It’s not too late to join! Check out my post here! to get your free printable and join up.
So how’s it going with getting up and getting with God first thing in the morning? I have to confess some of the mornings have been a struggle… and some I haven’t done it at all. It’s funny how things change from one day to the next. One night I can go to bed early and sleep right on through til 6am, and the next night my baby girl is up til 1am or waking me up at 3am. A sweet friend of mine gave me some encouragement this afternoon as I was expressing my frustration with my lack of consistency, and it was so uplifting and rejuvenating that I wanted to share it! She quoted this Scripture to me: Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.” (John 4:34) Our nourishment doesn’t ONLY come from that time we may or may not get in the morning! That time is a wonderful, precious, and nourishing time! But we also get our nourishment from doing the will of the Father throughout our day. This may look like loving our children and husband well, spending time with them, speaking to them kindly, cleaning the home, folding laundry, telling the person at the checkout line at the grocery store about the best news ever (the Gospel), or praying for a friend in need.
Now just incase you have something crazy come up and you miss your time in the morning, here are some other ways to dig in to God’s Word or have some alone prayer time throughout the day:
-If you have to nurse a little one this is the perfect way to slow down and read for a few minutes, listen to the Bible, or just pray.
-Listen to the Bible as you fold laundry or wash dishes. Or listen to some worship music and sing praises to the Lord.
-Take a walk and pray as you admire God’s creation outside.
-Write a Scripture that you are memorizing or need to be reminded of on your hand so you will see it and remember it throughout the day.
-Set your phone alarm with a Scripture to read at a certain time during your day, try to pick a time that is your most difficult time of the day to focus your heart on the Lord.
-Sit down at the computer and instead of reading a blog on cloth diapering or fashion, go to a lady who does devotional blogs or who uses a lot of Scripture in her blog, and learn from what God is showing her. (I love doing this! Soon I’m going to post a blog featuring my favorites)
-Sing hyms to your baby or teach them to your children, and as you do… meditate on the words.
And most importantly, this challenge is wonderful, but it is not something to be legalistic about! It will not earn you any special favor with God if you do it, and you will not be punished if you don’t! The Lord wants to meet with us in each moment of our lives, so if you slept through the early morning hours, meet with him right now! He will not turn you away! I do want to encourage you to keep at it, but also want to offer some encouragement if you’re like me and having some obstacles to overcome. I pray that you are blessed by the challenge and will not feel condemned if you don’t do all 21 days in a row!
Are you ready? I am!
Today was a trial run…. it didn’t exactly go as planned (I woke up early, BUT so did two out of the three of my girls, lol), but still I was able to nurse and pray and have the other child stay in her room until I gave instructions to come out. I think I’m going to try a little bit earlier tomorrow. Even in the case of today, I felt better prepared after even a few intentional moments of meditation and prayer first thing in the morning.
The goal here is to GET UP EARLY! This may mean different times for different people, some feel that 4am is the time for them, but for me that is the middle of the night. However 6am is a good time for me. If you and your kiddos are use to sleeping late into the morning, then 8am may be a good time for you. This will differ for some of us.
Next, GET WITH GOD! This is the point of it all! Spend your first hour with Him! This may also look different from person to person. A sweet reader commented in the last post that she would do the challenge and use this time as her prayer jogging time. I’m not a runner, but for someone who is able to draw near to the Lord during a run this is wonderful! I personally want to have some time to sit and be still before the Lord, to read, journal, pray, and worship through song just me and the Lord. I’m often feeling like I’m leading children or others in these things and not able to be fully present with just me and the Lord. I just need my cup to be filled by the Spirit so that I can overflow in to my children and those that I’m sharing with through out my day.
After this time, GET READY FOR THE DAY. After you have been with the Lord for some time, then get yourself ready; get dressed if you aren’t already, look at your calendar or planner or home-management notebook and figure out what you will need to accomplish today, and prepare yourself to greet your husband and children joyfully when they wake.
Did anyone try it this morning? How did you do? I hope you were blessed by your time!
Here is a little printable to keep us on track.(link below) Just put an x on the square after you’ve done the challenge for the morning. If you did it this morning then you can go ahead and check off box #1!
My husband and I have been talking about this for a while, he has strongly encouraged me to begin this habit. At first I didn’t quite see it as important, but after prayer and consideration I see that it is Biblical and very beneficial! Consider some of these verses:
“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 5:3)
“But I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.” (Psalm 55:16-17)
Keep me posted on how you’re doing!
hashtag on twitter #GGGchallenge !!! :-) I can’t wait to hear from you about what God is doing in your heart during this precious time!
Don’t worry if you fall off the wagon for a day, get back on it the next day!
Pray pray pray for God to help you (and me…. I need it!)
Blessings to you ladies. <3
I have been recently convicted over my lack of discipline to wake up early (before my children wake) and seek the Lord first thing in the morning and be ALONE WITH HIM. If you’re a mom then you know alone time is a precious commodity… well alone time with God is even more precious! And about the only time I can foresee myself getting this precious time is by getting up before my children. I’m pretty good about working on our memory Scriptures with the girls first thing in the morning and praying as we start our day, but typically this looks like me waking at the same time as they wake (about 7am) which means I don’t get that time for myself. I know without a doubt that I will be better able to abide in Him throughout my day if I begin my day with a special time of communing with Him in prayer, worship, and studying the Word. I find that mornings when I do make this a priority, I am better able to discern the Spirit, share the Gospel with people that I come in contact with through my day (including my children), to point my children to Christ, to discipline with love and patience, to serve my husband joyfully. Nothing has a bigger affect on me than starting my day out with the Maker of the Universe!
In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. -Mark 1:35
Okay, if Jesus needed to do this then WE DEFINITELY NEED THIS! So I’m starting a challenge called the Triple G Challenge. This is more of a personal challenge, but I wanted you ladies to be able to join me in this! You may already do this, if so great! Encourage us who need to jump on bored! I would love it for those of you who have done this for a while to leave some words of encouragement in the comments and tell us how this has had a positive effect on your life.
Stop back by tomorrow for a free Triple G printable to start counting down, find out why I chose 21 days, and we will take a deeper look in to Scripture to understand why this is important!
Let’s encourage one another. Tweet about it with this hashtag #GGGchallenge and let us all know how you are doing!
I’m so excited to begin this habit in my life! I will need prayers that the Lord will help me battle my flesh in the morning when that alarm clock rings. Pray that I will die to my self as Jesus commands. Right now it seems easy, but at 6am it’s much harder! If you need help with this battle also, request prayer in the comments below so we can all be praying for one another. With the help of the Holy Spirit, let’s do this! I hope you will join me!