Excited for the Mornings

Excited for the Mornings

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There’s something about the morning that makes everything okay. I’m not sure if it’s the sun shining in the bedroom, a crisp cool breeze blowing when I wake up, or just that’s it’s a brand new day. Maybe, it’s another chance for opportunities, fresh blessings, and an new excitement for how the day will shake out.

A good night’s sleep helps to clear my mind and waking up hearing the birds chirping outside my window makes me think how it’s the simple things in life that bring the most joy.

Mornings seems to make any disappointments that happened the day before go far, far away.

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning. – Psalm 30:4-5 (NKJV)

I spend my mornings usually with some quiet time praying and going over my to-do list for the day. Everyday there are new projects and deadlines for me to tackle and there are two things I can’t go without: (a) my prayer time; and (b) a light breakfast.

Praying in the Mornings gets my Day off to a Good Start

Having a relationship with Jesus is the most important thing to me and it’s like air, without it you can’t live. I need His guidance with work, our business, my personal life and health…everything. I’m not an early morning person like hubby is and so having this quiet time for myself is essential for my attitude.

I start off just thanking Him for the many blessings I have and for the people He’s given me because life is hard enough…you don’t need to face it alone. I also thank Him for good health cause I pay more attention to that now that I’m almost 60.

I pray for family, friends, and people I don’t know that Jesus will meet their needs and keep them safe. I then talk about my upcoming day and ask Him to be with me, help me make sound decisions and I tell Him all my concerns. Once I end my prayer time, I feel so much better. I know it’s because I’ve talked through what’s on my mind instead of keeping it inside.

Excited for the Mornings

I follow that up with a light breakfast consisting of a bowl of cereal with some fruit or I might have bacon and a hash brown. It’s just enough to give me energy to start work but not too much that I crash before lunchtime.

Another thing I’m so grateful for in the mornings and that is to work from my craftroom. I dress for work as I would if I worked in an office setting. I do that to help me feel productive. I’m just not the kind of person who can work in my jammies!

If I have to tweak my schedule to handle personal business items, I can. I like that I don’t have to work 9 to 5 straight but I can do so many hours for my day job, take a break and do other things. Then I can go back to work even if it’s 10 PM. I really like that my schedule is more flexible to allow me time to do other things. If I’m not feeling well, sometimes I’ll just take an hour to lay my head down and then get back up and go to work.

I really appreciate the setting I have and I know it was God that blessed me. Back in 1999, He pulled so many things together for me to work from home. And I’m so grateful that I can plan my days and start my mornings that work for me.

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.