Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. Mark 1:35

In my last post I talked about time and how we need to use our time wisely. In this post I want to be specific and address a particular time of day; morning.

Hal Elrod wrote a book called The Miracle Morning teaching others that a morning routine is both possible and necessary to achieve greatness. I listen to a lot of Podcast where high achievers are interviewed and often they are asked what their morning rituals are. It intrigues me how successful people live and what they do on a daily basis.

Years ago when I turned to Christ I was in a Christian Men’s Home for about five months and every morning we would start our day at 5 am and by 5:30 am we were in prayer. Our daily ritual was to start our day with prayer and then do a Bible Study before we started our day. The results were amazing!

I found that if I started my day with an hour of prayer the day wasn’t as difficult and I consistently saw God’s hand in my entire day. After leaving the home and entering the work force I quickly found my days not as easy and saw God less in my day.

Realizing that things were different I asked God why I didn’t see his hand as often, he responded with, “What are you doing different?” My answer was my early morning prayer had ceased due to early morning work. So, I started getting up early again and starting my day with prayer and tine in the Word.

After listening to others share their morning routines I’ve since made some adjustments to my mornings so I can get the most out of my day. I want to share the five things that help me to not only see God move on a daily basis but keep me going towards my goals and achieving my purpose in life.

1. Prayer: Jesus needed time alone to pray so how much more do I need to start my day with prayer.

2. Bible Reading: After I spend time in prayer I read the scripture. Scripture is one way I hear from God and it builds my faith while transforming my mind.

3. Write my goals: I write in a notebook what I am both believing God to do this year and what I have set out to do with his help. When Jesus made water into wine he needed workers to fill the pots so if I am going to see God’s miracles in my life I need to do what he requires of me.

4. Exercise: I often go to the gym in the morning it helps me to keep my body working right. If I can’t go to the gym I spend about 20 minutes stretching.

5. Read something that helps me be better in life: I read one chapter of something that motivates me or equips me to be my best in life.

I also listen podcast on leadership or a sermon that builds my faith and equips me to live the life God has designed for me to live.

Sometimes I add contemplative meditation to my morning routine which gives me time to listen to what the Lord is saying.

Action Step: Start doing something every morning that becomes a ritual that yields results.