09 January 2016

Morning Routine

I am addicted to my cell phone.  It is true and the first step is to admit it, right?

From sun up to sun down, the wee hours of the morning and late at night, I'm attached to checking something on my phone.

Perhaps it's the 22 voicemails or the 58,000 emails sitting in four email accounts.  Maybe it's the 99 unplayed podcasts or the constant stream of Facebook alerts and unread messages.  Maybe just the constant flow of information. I don't know, but I'm addicted.

Since September when we moved to the new house I've been trying to be extremely intentional about creating a sanctuary space in my home.  I've shaped my space where I don't have a tv in my room, I don't allow any work to be done in there, and I try to avoid bringing things in there that add chatter and noise to the space.  It is truly my place to relax, recharge, and retire.

Except for my phone.

In my efforts to be intentional, I've been trying to not sleep with my phone on my bed.  I try to make sure I set it on the nightstand.  However, I am still aware that I check it quite regularly.

My morning #coffeewithChrist time has been important to me for a long time.  I've always set my alarm at 5:30 to give myself time to spend in His presence and to start my day in peace.  However, my alarm is set on my phone so in waking, I see all the messages and alerts that have come in during the night.  The woo of all that information can sometimes win.  

Last year I wasn't so good about turning down the noise.  I wasted way too much time scrolling Facebook and Instagram.  In the past several months I've entered into a season of asking God some really big prayers and the thing I've been telling myself is that "no one on Facebook can give me what I'm asking for. I need God, not them".  It's true.

A few months ago I heard a wellness tip on the podcast Friend Zone and Fran suggested that you wake up, go through your morning routine, all without checking your phone.  I think about it every morning when I go to grab my phone.  I haven't quite been successful just yet.

It's so important though. I've read numerous articles with titles like "What successful women's morning routines look like" and "what successful women do before you wake up".  I think I'm pretty good but I must admit I let myself off the hook a bit much.

So this year I've really been trying to be intentional about setting down my phone. Everything I need is right here in front of me.  I want to enjoy my mornings not lose them do the chatter of my newsfeed.  I want to spend more time praying my big prayers to the God who can answer them, not idolizing the public lives of others on social media.  I want to enjoy my son's presence fully and the presence of anyone in my company at the time. I want to be present.

I am fortunate, so fortunate, to have an amazing prayer room space where I go. Some mornings I sit there and  I don't want to leave.  I open my Bible, ask God what He is trying to say to me, I write scriptures down, journal, pray, check my calendar for the day, plan, commit my plans to the Lord and when I leave that space I feel like a new woman.  It sounds perfect but sometimes those commas are filled with a quick scroll on Facebook, the desire to post a picture or respond to a text. Not perfect but I'm trying.

My morning routine is becoming vital to how I go out into the world.  What about you? What's your sacred morning routine?

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