If you have read a few of my posts or know me in “real life,” you probably have noticed that I lack discipline.  Discipline was my One Word for 2013 so I have been working on it slowly.  For instance, one way I’m doing this is by taking action as soon as I notice something needs to be done.  I was really on a roll in January, February, and probably halfway through March, but I have been slacking more recently.  That is a whole other post, but it brings me to my point, which is that the reason I need to make myself wake up early in the morning is because the rest of my day depends on it.

I don’t even remember how I stumbled across The HelloMornings Challenge.  I do know that as soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to be involved.  HelloMornings is a challenge to inspire women to wake up early enough to spend time alone with God, to plan the day, and to exercise, all before the chaos of everyday life begins.  It’s not a competition and its not a pursuit of perfection, it’s a group to provide accountability.

Tomorrow morning is the beginning of another 13-week HelloMornings challenge.  I have attempted to do this before, and I walked away feeling like a complete failure.  This time around I feel better prepared, more realistic, and if nothing else, more desperate for it.  I am a night owl and I could make up many other excuses as to why this will be so hard for me.  The reality is, I finally understand that without this discipline of waking up early to prepare myself for the day I am hurting myself and my family.

The Ugly Truth

I know that this isn’t for everyone and I am not condemning anybody who wants to sleep until their kids wake them up!  I know their are women who think this whole thing is just ridiculous and another reason to make us mothers feel inadequate.  Just because I might fail doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try and let’s just be honest here, I already feel inadequate!

I don’t wake up in the morning feeling like Mary Poppins (or P. Diddy, for that matter)!  My natural state of waking up isn’t lovely or patient… I can barely function, so for me to be thrust right into chaos first thing upon waking is just not a good thing.  My kids don’t come crawl into my bed and cuddle me.  They wake up screaming and asking for breakfast.  I need to be prepared!  I need some time for my brain to unfog and some time to be reminded that I should be discipling my children, not feeling as if they are inconveniences.  Maybe I’m alone in this and something is seriously wrong with me, but I need to be reminded of that often!  So believe me when I say I don’t look down on you if you don’t wake up before your kids wake you up. I actually look up to you if you are able to make the most of your days that way.  I wish that I could, but I can’t.  Spending time in God’s Word and making myself move and thinking about what work I need to accomplish are disciplines that I need desperately!  I’m so hopeful that HelloMornings will help me with those disciplines!

What about you… When do you wake up? What is your morning routine like?