“She rises also while it is still night, and gives food to her household and portions to her maidens.” Proverbs 31:15
Do you ever wish you had a bit of a head start to your day?
There have been mornings when I have woken up and opened my eyes to a little person standing at eye level to me with a huge smile on his face. And when his mouth starts to move, the words that come out are not, “I love you,” as one would hope, but instead the words are, “What’s for breakfast?”
It’s moments like that which make me wish I had woken up early.
For the woman of the home, whether you are a single, wife, or mom, it’s important to wake up with plenty of time to give you a margin of breathing room before it’s “go time” or to get the basics done before the rest of the house starts moving.
When does your home start stirring?
Figuring out when your family begins to stir will give you an indication of when you need to wake up to give yourself a head start. For example, my son is the earliest riser in our home, so I take his wake up time and wake up an hour before he does to give me the time I need in the mornings.
If you don’t have kids, base your wake time on how long it takes you do everything in the mornings that you have to get done: exercise, pack lunch, maybe clean one room so you don’t have to when you get home from work, dress, and do your hair.
What can you get done in the morning?
I love how Proverbs 31:15 says “and gives food to her household and a portion to her maidens.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have “help” if the form of a maid or outside help that comes in to relieve me of any of my duties, and you probably don’t either. We do, however, have other “maids.”
I love looking at my washing machine, dish washer, and coffee maker as my “maids” and putting them to work. Change your view of what “help” looks like in our modern world and find ways to put them to work during the early morning hours.
Mornings are a great time for:
- Putting the coffee on
- Getting a load of laundry started
- Folding a load of laundry
- Cleaning one room in the house
- Preparing dinner (taking food out of the freezer to thaw or put it together for quick preparation later in the day)
- Getting in a cup of coffee with some early morning reading
- Completing your morning routine without interruption
By getting some time alone in the quiet of the morning, we are able to get in some much needed alone time which will help us mentally prepare for the day ahead and possibly help us get some of our responsibilities out of the way.
Memorize Proverbs 31:15
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