For years I’ve risen (though not always early) to start my day with time in the Bible. It was a simple habit, based on a simple need….to have the right focus for the day. I also knew that life’s craziness would probably happen, and if I didn’t get it done then, I probably wouldn’t get it done. It was also simple because I was only responsible for me. That was it. Barring unforeseen circumstances, my mornings went as I planned them. That’s not how it is currently…..
Currently we creep out of bed at 6:30 trying to make as little noise as possible so we can extend the quiet as long as we can. When I get downstairs, I rush to let the dog out so her frantic “Help, I’ve been in my kennel all night! Let me out!” noises don’t become high pitched shrieks and wake the sleeping littles. Should we hear the toddler’s voice begin the initial calls, instantly my husband and I lock eyes and one of us says in a voice like we just woke the sleeping dragon…”she’s up”. Lately it’s been 7 or 7:15, so our quiet time is short and sacred.
I’ve enjoyed listening to Kat Lee’s podcasts ‘Inspired to Action’ and ‘Hello Mornings’ and was excited…..no…ecstatic when I saw her book, Hello Mornings, was out to review. My expectations were met in this book! I’ve drawn stars by key points, folded down corners to mark favorite sections, quoted on Facebook, and shared a couple Instagram snapshots of the pages.
Kat Lee’s platform, which she shares on her website, podcasts, Facebook community and now her book, is for women to start their day intentionally. Her three minute morning routine (which you can expand on in time) focused on soul care, time management, and your health. Starting simple eliminates most of the excuses we give for not spending time with God, nor being mindful of our time and health. In three minutes, you can read and pray Psalm 143:8, read your calendar/pray over your day, and drink some water. In time, you can expand the Bible time to include your own devotional plan, expand the planning time to include writing out and prioritizing items on your to-do list, and expand the health time to include a short workout or walk.
Kat focuses on developing a solid habit or ritual that part of who you are. In each season of life, it will grow and shrink due to the demands on your time, but it will always be there. Some of the points she covers include the importance of planning, setting up your personal space, developing accountability, establishing a habit, and the blessings that follow when you commit your first moments and your day to God.
This is more of a heart book, dealing with our personal excuses for avoiding this habit and calling us forward to see that more is possible. Honestly, I’m not sure what that looks like in this season. For me, it currently involves writing out my daily intentions the night before because my day starts off running, dealing with two hungry littles and a cooped up dog. I would love to have a slow morning to sit and savor the Word, make a plan, and exercise, but I can’t convince myself to get up at 5 yet. 🙂 Especially not as long as at least one of the kiddos is up in the night. But Kat’s book is grace filled, just calling us to do what we can in our season. If nothing else, we have three minutes in the shower or the work commute to pray, plan, and think of something to care for yourself (fill your water bottle, plan a healthy supper, stretch, walk the long route to the office, etc).
I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of the blogger review program with Booklook Bloggers. However, this book was on my dream wish list and all of the opinions are mine.