3 Simple Steps to a Good Day

Sometimes mornings are terrible. Like the day when you forgot to set your alarm and you woke up late, or the day where you were so tired that you turned your alarm off in your sleep. On these days you wake up and the pace is frantic and can sometimes set the tone for the day. Most of the time, the morning goes pretty much the same (whatever same means with children…). You get up at the same time, go through the same routine, and start your day. I have discovered three things that help my entire day to go better when I do them, and I will share those with you.

#1 Make the bed

When I take the two minutes it takes to straighten the covers and make the bed, it’s a good way to start the day. Have you ever noticed that if the bed is made, the bedroom looks clean, and if the bed is unmade the room looks messy and chaotic? What a simple way to tidy up the room and bring some order into the bedroom. I love coming up to bed at night to a tidy bedroom; that bit of order and calm helps me to unwind at the end of the day. And come on, who likes having their covers all messed up before the night has even begun? What’s interesting about the simple act of making the bed in the morning is that this is an action that effects the very ending to the day.

make the bed

#2 Have a cup of tea

Something as small as having a cup of tea makes my morning more productive by slowing me down (this could be coffee for you). It means that I’ll sit down to drink my tea, and this helps me to think about my tasks for the day and to prioritize. if I skip my cup of tea, sometimes I go through nearly an entire morning without sitting at all. A cup of tea is also comforting and it makes me feel good because I’m doing something good for my body (I choose herbal tea which nourishes my body).

#3 Pray

Prayer in the morning starts my day off right. If I forget to acknowledge my Creator and to submit myself to Him for the day, my day starts off on the wrong foot. Sometimes I pray before I get out of bed, sometimes I pray in the shower, sometimes I pray while I’m sipping my tea, and sometimes I get down on my knees and pray. However it is done, it is intentional, and it makes a huge difference. When I acknowledge that it is not by my strength that I’m able to do anything on this day, but only by His, I am taking a huge weight off of my shoulders. I am relying on the Lord’s strength and not mine. Not only does it lighten my load, but it orients my heart toward the things of the Lord. I begin to think differently. I begin to listen for the Lord’s nudging and prompting throughout the day, as I choose to follow Him.

Sometimes it is the simplest things that make the most profound difference in our lives. These three things are so easy to do, yet can change the course of a day. I challenge you to try them! If I do these things does that mean that I will have an easy day full of lovely things? Absolutely not. But they do point my day in a positive direction, in which I am making intentional choices and submitting my day to the Lord.

Do you have a simple thing that you do to start your day off on the right foot? I would love to hear about it!

Karen

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25 4 & 5

New Beginnings

With another school year beginning tomorrow, I can’t help but feel the anticipation of all that comes with these new beginnings. New family schedule, new shoes, new teachers, new friends… We spent a good part of the day preparing for all of this newness; peach muffins  and gf bread baked for school lunches; shoes, pencil cases & backpacks labelled; first day of school outfits picked out. As a bit of an introvert who likes routine, I tend to feel the same anxiety that I would have when I was a child beginning a new school year. I’m not worried for my kids, I just have a slight bit of anxiety over the unknown – the new family routine that will take a few days to get settled into; waiting to hear from my girls that they have settled into their new routine at school and are feeling content with how it’s going.

I realize that I have spent all of this time preparing the tangible things. The stuff. If I’m honest I admit that I haven’t spent that much time preparing for this new year in prayer. A much more important way to prepare. Just imagine if we prayed for our children’s schools, for their teachers, for their classmates, for their friends, for the kids they ride the bus with, their bus driver, their lunch monitors. When I think about my lack of spiritual preparation for this new school year, I then wonder if I had been earnestly praying for this school year if I would feel this bit of anxiety that is common for me. Perhaps this would be replaced by the anticipation of what God is going to accomplish this year in the life of my girls as they spend many of their days at school.

With this new beginning tomorrow, I commit to prayer. In this, I know the Lord is faithful.

Along with the new beginnings that come with a new school year, I am also really excited for this new beginning as I begin to blog on My Inspired Family!!! As some of you know, I had been blogging a bit from Koala Pouch Baby. For a while I had been feeling like I wanted to take on a new direction with my blogging to incorporate more of my faith journey. It felt incomplete to blog about what was going on around here and to leave that aspect out of things. Because of that, I have spent quite a time preparing for this new journey of blogging and I’m very excited to share with you regularly (at least once per week) about what is going on in our home and in this heart of mine as Christ continues to teach me how to be more like Him. I have written a few new blogs already, and I’ve also transferred some over that had some relevant content. I hope you’ll be challenged and inspired as I write about running this race with perseverance (Hebrews 12:1).

Running the race with perseverance!

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Thanks for reading,

Karen

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25: 4 & 5