My New 5 AM Routine | Being Intentional and Putting God First

Hey y’all! It’s getting kind of late and I should be going to bed (especially since I’m going to lose an hour of sleep with the start of daylight savings), but I haven’t written for fun in a while and I just realized how much I’ve missed it (I’ve had several stressful college papers to get through and haven’t had much time for blogging). It’s Saturday night so I don’t have to get up for school tomorrow, and honestly, getting up for church is never an issue for me because I love it so much. But anyway… I wanted to write about time management and what I’ve learned recently… so here we go ๐Ÿ™‚

My word for 2020 is “priority,” and I’ve been trying to be intentional with my time management and really put things in their proper place. Two things I’ve been trying to prioritize are my time and my walk with God, and there are several things I’ve been doing to achieve that.

One of those things is getting up early every morning. I’ve been trying since the start of the year to regularly get up at 5:00, and I’m making progress I think. I was 5 for 5 this past week! My pastor preached a sermon this past Sunday about work, and he mentioned that the first decision a lot of people make in the morning is to hit the snooze button. So of course I wasn’t going to let myself do that ๐Ÿ˜†. It was actually great motivation to stick to my resolution. It was hard some mornings (my eyes were burning Tuesday morning trying to keep them open) but it was so worth it because it literally gave me 3 hours with God every morning without feeling rushed.

Since I started my journey of prioritizing in January, I’ve learned that I have to be intentional. If I wanted to get together with a friend but I never told them a day, time, or place, then the meeting would most likely never happen. And it’s the same way with God–if we don’t intentionally set aside a time and place, we probably won’t end up meeting with Him. After I finished my Bible in a year plan at the end of 2019, I realized that I wasn’t reading as intentionally as I had been. I never let myself go to bed before I had read the passages for the day (which is probably why I was always so tired), but I started to get to the point where I was okay with skipping my devotions. We shouldn’t be legalistic about it, but I do think we need to be intentional.

Another thing I realized was that I usually had a quick 5 or 10 minute devotional in the morning and then did the deeper reading at night. But I usually skipped prayer altogether because it was late at night and I was rushing just to get through the reading. I realized that I was “squeezing” God in rather than giving Him priority. So I decided that I would do it in the morning instead, even if it required a sacrifice. I want to give Him my first hours–my best hours–rather than the leftovers at the end of the day. I want to be intentional about starting my day with God.

I’ve seen a huge difference in my life when I get up at 5:00 compared to when I don’t. When I do, I have so much more time for God and I can take as long as I want without feeling the pressure of getting on with the day’s tasks. And when I do start on school, I have the peace of knowing that I have all day rather than the stress of knowing it’s noon already and I haven’t accomplished anything. It’s been great and I’ve been more productive than I have been in a longย time.

I’ve also been trying to go to the rec center to run in the morning several days a week. That hasn’t been going as great as I would like, but progress is progress! I signed up to run my second 5k (the same one I ran last year) so hopefully that’s enough motivation to help me get serious! But even though it takes discipline to get myself there, I actually have been really enjoying it in the morning. I listen to worship music while I run, and sometimes even a podcast or one of my Bible Doctrine school lessons. I just have to say, sprinting while listening to Chris Tomlin and Matthew West is a super great way to start your day! I love it.

So yeah… in my efforts to prioritize my life, I’ve learned that you have to be intentional. Change does not just happen over night–it takes work and discipline. It can be really tough (in my journal this week, I wrote “Is this self-discipline or self-destruction??” ๐Ÿ˜†). I’ve had to be more disciplined about going to bed on time; I’ve had to fight myself to not hit the snooze button or go back to bed altogether. But I can say that it has been 100% worth it! I love my new routine and I love putting God first. I won’t be going back!

I hope this inspires you to be intentional about putting God first! I hope to write more posts about it soon, but I’m going to sign off now, considering it’s getting really late and I should probably practice what I preach ๐Ÿ˜†.ย  Anyway, put God first and I’ll talk to you soon! God bless y’all!

In Christ now and always,