There’s an article circulating in cyberspace that lists five ways to fine-tune your morning so that you can accomplish heroic feats before breakfast. As I read, I sunk lower and lower into the depths of despair. The author makes good suggestions like “picture the perfect morning” and “build the habit.” But what the author doesn’t understand is that I have six children, two still in diapers. If I could “map out” my toddler’s dirty diapers, I would, but then…wait a minute, that sounds like potty training. Well, map out one more task to complete before breakfast.
I love the ideas of time management gurus, but I think, too often, those suggestions are written for “working” men and women who don’t have the responsibility to respond to the needs of a houseful of little people. If I was responsible only for myself, I could – and would – hold to a strict schedule. But you just can’t schedule dirty diapers or cleaning up a milk spill or staying up through the night with a sick child or the appearance of a rainbow that makes you drop everything to read about Noah.
So, here’s my list of what the most successful mothers do before breakfast.
- Pray. Sometimes it can be thirty-minutes-on-your-knees-pounding-Heaven’s-gates prayer. Most of the time it’s a still-in-bed Lord, give me strength and grace today.
- Use the necessary room. If you can accomplish this by yourself, you’re a superhero.
- Read the Bible. Even a verse or two or a chapter of Proverbs to match the date is beneficial.
- Say good morning and hug The Hubs and The Kidlets.
- Make cappuccino. Wait a minute…that is breakfast.
If you can also get dressed, fix your hair, and make your bed, you’re doing fantastic! In the end, the most success comes from time spent together and time spent with the Lord.
What do you think makes for a successful morning?
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