Morning Coffee With The Peaceful Nest. What Does God Say About Peace?

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Good Morning! I hope you all are doing well. Welcome to a new segment I am doing called Morning Coffee With The Peaceful Nest, where I bring to you short thoughts, musings, and devotions. I wanted to start off with peace, since my blog is about finding peace in the chaos of everyday life, why not start with there?

Today I want to talk about what God says about peace. Webster’s Dictionary states peace as a state of tranquility or quiet and freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.

I don’t know about you but having a state of tranquility with freedom from oppressive thoughts or emotions sound pretty good to me! It actually sounds too good to be true though, doesn’t it? Mothers can’t have peace. There is too much to do, to many activities on our plate. We need to make sure our kids are fed, bathed, rested, in every activity and getting along. We need to make sure our homes are spotless, our husbands are happy, and dinner is on the table. Many of us also hold outside jobs. There is just too much stress and no room for peace. No siree, peace is a distant dream, preserved only for those who are living on a tropical island, far from civilization. It can’t possibly be for me, I’m a mom. Oh but it is! Those are lies straight from the enemy, meant to trip us up and suck the joy out of our lives. The truth is, peace is to important not to try to maintain in ourselves, our homes and our family.

Today I wanted to take a look at what God says about peace.

2 Corinthians 13:11 says “Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

This verse says so much in one sentence! First it tells us to live in peace with one another. It doesn’t say that everyone has the same opinions, morals and values, but it does say to live in peace with one another. It also tells us that when we do live in peace GOD will be with us. He is the God of peace. This right here tells me that peace is important, God is a God OF PEACE.

John 14:27 says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

John 16:33 states “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Wow.

From these passages I have gathered four things God says about peace.

1. God is a God of peace.

2. God gives us his peace.

3. God wants us to live together in peace and harmony.

4. Even in tribulation we can have God’s peace.

It is right there. If God tells us in his scripture that he is a God of peace and he will give us his peace, then shouldn’t it stand to reason, peace is just that vital to our every day lives? Even when it is difficult. Even when you are facing tribulation, try to grab hold and hang on tight to God’s peace today. Trust me, it will be worth the effort!

I hope you have enjoyed my very first Coffee with The Peaceful Nest. Do not forget to join me tomorrow morning when I talk about how to have peace within ourselves.

Have a wonderful day!

Jenna Jury

 

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Their Lives Are Just As Important As Yours.

This past weekend we had our first adoption fundraiser garage sale. What a good success it was! So many people donated. My sweet girl ran her very first lemonade stand and sold cookies with it. She was exhausted. She promptly told me she was never doing a lemonade stand again. She had raised around $50 and I told her since she had worked so hard all day she could keep the money. She instead brought the money over to her mamaw and said “here I want my baby brother to come home.” Talk about hearts melting!

I really enjoyed myself this weekend, so many people were kind about our adoption. They asked wonderful questions and for the most part made positive comments. There was something that I noticed though, well actually it’s something I have always known, but it was brought back to the forefront of my mind this past weekend. Many people do not ask questions to listen and learn the actual intent or heart behind something. Most people ask questions as an opening for themselves to insert their own, usually unwanted, opinion.

Here’s the thing, I absolutely LOVE answering questions about our adoption and our precious boy. There’s not much more that brings me joy than talking about our children. However there are a few questions that I think are absolutely absurd and shouldn’t be asked. It just reinforces my opinion that many people lack empathy.

Empathy: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also : the capacity for this.

So many today lack empathy. It is evident by the many “internet trolls” that exist. When people lack empathy they believe they are warranted to ask stupid questions and make dumb statements about things that do not concern them. On the internet and in person. It’s pretty ridiculous to be honest.

So back to the questions I have been asked about our adoption. There are a few that I think are silly. There is one specific one so far that grinds me to my core though. It’s been asked to me a few times and I am sure it will be asked  in the future. It comes in many forms. The most common is the way I was asked this past weekend.

A nice enough older gentleman came to our garage sale. I actually recognized him by is very particular questions he asks. He has attended my last few garage sales. He bought something from me then he noticed it was an adoption fundraiser garage sale. “oh” was his reply. “well, can I ask you a personal question?” he jumped right in. Sure! I responded. I love questions about our adoption. “Couldn’t you find a baby to adopt from the US?” I am not sure why it left me flustered. This wasn’t the first time we have been asked this. Sometimes they say “Did you try US adoption first?”Why international, when there are so many children in the US that need homes?” But the way this man asked it, is the most common. It always leaves me flabbergasted. I really need to come up with an automatic response like “They wont’ let me adopt in the US because I’m a hardened criminal.” or “how many children have you adopted from the US?” yes, that one ( which my friend came up with) may be a little bit less extreme :). Anyway, after I pulled my jaw off the floor I said “our hearts are for the little boy in Vietnam.” To which he replied, “oh” and launched into a ten minute, one-sided, conversation about how his son and daughter in law wanted to adopt but it was so expensive etc. He barely stopped when he asked questions like “why is it so expensive?” etc. so I could respond. Which brings me back to my thought, a lot of people don’t ask questions to hear the answers and learn. They ask questions to insert their opinions. I had my answers ready,

there are legal fees involved, travel, paperwork, etc.

US adoptions, unless through foster care, are just as much.

how much does your car cost?

but he didn’t stop to listen to them. I just politely shook my head and said yea I know, so expensive. Then he was on his way.

The reason this question and encounter really grated my nerves was because right now our little boy is sitting in an orphanage. He is being taken care of but his needs can be met better here in America. Yes, there are children that need homes in America. but does that negate the beautiful and special souls who need homes that weren’t born in the US? People do not decide where they were born. Just because a child was born in the US does not make them more important or more relevant than those that need homes from overseas.

So to answer the man’s question; no, we did not find a child we wanted to adopt from the US. We found a child we want to adopt from the small country of Vietnam and we cannot wait until he is a part of our family. Because his life, is just as important as the lives of the children in America. His live is just as important as yours and as mine and as my daughters. We are privileged in America. That doesn’t mean our lives are more important. So instead of asking silly questions, maybe you can help the children in the US that need homes while we work on bringing our son home.

Until next time,

Jenna Jury

 

 

Is It Possible to Have Peace When You and Your Spouse Have Different Personalities?

Do you know the old saying “opposites attract?” My husband and I are living proof this saying is true. I am convinced Ben came out of the womb holding a vacuum in his hand and tidiness on his little brain. Me on the other hand, clutter does not bother me. I am a pack rat, like generations before me. My Pappy, my mom. I do not like to throw things away if there may be some sentimental value later on. Ben will tear through a room with a trash can, tossing whatever he finds in to it if I don’t stop him. He often does it when I’m not looking, so I can’t intercept. He once threw my mom’s birthday cake away. There it was, sitting on her counter, note I said her counter not his. Yes that is right, we were at my mom’s house. Celebrating her birthday, a few minutes after cutting the cake my dear husband, in an effort to help us ladies clean, smoothly tossed that cake into the trash can. Us ladies gapped at him, we probably could have caught a fly in our mouths. He didn’t understand why. Of course we appointed him the one to tell my mom he nonchalantly tossed her cake into the trash can. He’s no longer allowed to help in the kitchen at my mom’s house.

Ben was born a Type A personality. Me, I’m type B all the way. He was also in the Military. He loves order, tidiness, neatness. I love those things too, but not nearly as much as I love glitter, crafts with the kids, books scattered everywhere, and hanging on to the things that are important to me. Ben would follow me around with a vacuum and a trashcan if he could.

How do we accept our differences? When type A and type B emerge, how do we make it work without driving one another batty? I will be the first one to tell you that my laid back demeanor when it comes to order and tidiness can drive my husband insane and his uptight demeanor when it comes to it can drive me crazy. Can you have peace, when you both are so different?

A few months ago I started to feel overwhelmed. Anxiety began to creep in. There where physical symptoms of this anxiety, chest pains, insomnia, sleeping in later than normal. It took me a while to realize this anxiety was the result of a few things. However, the main reason for it was the amount of pressure I was putting on myself. I felt like I needed to do everything, be everything. When the reality of who I was coincided with who I thought I needed to be, the pressure started mounting. This pressure came from myself. I know you can relate as a mom and a wife. We put way to much pressure on ourselves when who we are does not add up in our own eyes.

I started to bathe my anxiety in prayer. God revealed my eyes to why I was feeling I wasn’t enough. It had nothing to do with anyone else. It came from within. I wasn’t at peace with who I was because I felt I needed to be a certain way to be a good enough mother and wife. I was trying so hard to be someone I am not. Organized, tidy, basically a type A personality. The reality is that is not how God made me. He made me type B all the way. I am not messy but I am not organized. I love routines but if the children want to get the glitter out and make some invention, I never say no, because their messiness doesn’t bother me. I want to foster their creativity. That is when it hit me. God gave me my daughters because I am the perfect mother for who they are. B is constantly making random creations out of glue, glitter, paper, etc. Her desk is constantly a mess because once she’s done with one creation she is on to the next. I don’t mind it. Actually I encourage it. I tell her constantly I believe she will create the next big thing. She needs that encouragement from me. So does S. If I was type A it is quite possible I would squash my childs’ creativity. (Not 100% positive but it’s a possibility).

Ben and I balance one another. God gave me my children because He knew I would be the best mother for what they need. He gave me Ben because God knew he would be the best person for me. He is what need. I am what he needs. So yes you can have peace with opposite personalities. How?

1. Accept who you are. God created you YOU. embrace it.. Love it. Use it. You are different from your family and spouse for a reason. Be you.

2. Love who you are. You not only need to accept who you are, you should love who you are as well. When you do, that overwhelming feeling of not being enough will go away. You will realize you are indeed enough.

3. Accept who your spouse is and love who he is too. Don’t get stuck on the little differences between you and your spouse. Accept who he is. Love who he is. If you want him to accept you for you and love you for you, you must do the same. Try to understand your spouse’s point of view. Make an effort to do things their way, if you can. For example, I make an effort to remember to put the glitter, glue, paper, etc. back and he makes an effort not to say anything to me about it if I forget. I try for his sake to be more organized. He tries for my sake to be less anal about it. It’s a win win for both of us. Sit down with your spouse and figure out how you can help each other accept your differences if there is something you’re struggling with.

4. Pray for yourself and your husband. Bathe your relationship in prayer. You will see it start to grow in areas you didn’t think were possible. Pray with your spouse.

God wove us together, uniquely because he knew what each one of us would need. The fabric that holds our family together consist of several different personalities. Without each one, we would not be who God intends us to be.

Until Next Time,

Jenna Jury

 

 

My (not so great) Balancing Act

My (not so great) balancing act

If you have been reading my blog, you know that I have been out of commission for a while now. Why? You may ask. Well, to be completely honest, it is because I am terrible at balancing everything. In September I started homeschooling Kindergarten with my oldest, Preschool with my Niece, and Middle School with my Sister. On top of that, I have been trying to figure out how to balance homeschooling with being a wife, mother, household duties, My Usborne Business, babysitting my nieces, writing a book and so much more. Naturally my writing on this blog got pushed to the back burner.

Now that we are a few months into this homeschooling gig, I feel as though I am starting to get my grips on all the many things my plate is balancing. Therefore, I am going to throw writing back into it and see how well I hold up my (not so great) balancing act!

to be honest…

I have really enjoyed these last few months. Homeschooling is not easy. Homeschooling three separate grades with a toddler and infant under foot makes it that much harder. To all of you that have been doing it for years and years, with multiple grades and children, I commend you! I also will take any advice you have to offer. But, I am blessed to be able to offer this opportunity to my children, my sister and my niece. The reasons we chose to home school are many. If you would like me to do a post on these reasons I would be happy to share. However, I am glad we made this decision and we plan on continuing it all through both of our children’s education.

 

I know that life has seasons. Every season looks different and everyone has different seasons in their lives. Right now my season looks a little bit like this:

 

If your season is looking a bit like this, I want you to be encouraged! Eventually, your season will become more relaxed and less chaotic. You may look back on this memory of your life with fondness. (Or not!) We can all agree that many lessons are learned in chaotic seasons, when we are trying to figure out how to balance everything. Here are a few lessons I have learned over the last few months.

  1. Don’t forget that I am married too.

Yes, I am a mother and aunt who is homeschooling.  I am a sister who is doing what she can to help her sister succeed in her education. Yes, I am a daughter, a writer, a sales person, but I am something else as well. I am a wife. Before I was any of those things, I was his wife. When life is chaotic, take a minute and remember that you are a wife and your husband should not be put on the back burner, ever.

      2. God is my refuge and my strength.

Sometimes when life feels chaotic or too busy, it’s easy to forget that we have a safe place to run to. God. He is our refuge and our strength. It is necessary to retreat into the Lord. Set time aside to spend with him. Let him refresh you every day and every night by delving into His word.

      3. It won’t be like this for long.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my child will be in a stage where I am begging for them to get a little bit older. A little bit easier. But the truth is when their current stage is gone, there is no getting it back. That is it. They are older, and so are you. I know that the old saying “enjoy the stage you are in because you won’t get it back” sounds so cliche. However, It is so true. I feel like every time I turn around my children have gotten taller, wiser, bigger, smarter, and time does not slow down for anyone. So, enjoy the time you are in. But rest assured, if you are struggling with this current stage “It won’t be like this for long.”

Here were my babies not to long ago:

 

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Here they are now:

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4. Lean on your family and friends.

I am blessed to have such a wonderful, supportive and loving family and friends. If you are blessed like me, I encourage you to take advantage of that blessing! When you feel like something is just to much right now, lean on your family. Give them a call if something is on your mind. Or even a quick text if you need encouragement or prayer. If you need rest, call one and see if they can watch the kids for you. Especially if you are in the new baby or young children stage. Don’t be so prideful in your parenting and “doing it all” that you stretch yourself to thin. God gave us family and friends for a reason!

My family and support system. We are missing a few, including my hubby!

 

Now that I have figured out my (not so great) balancing act, I plan on being back, writing as much as I can! I hope you all are glad I am back 🙂

 

Sincerely,

Jenna

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When You Don’t Feel Like a Christian

I know I am not the only one.

Maybe you have been a Christian for a few months or maybe you have been a Christian your whole life. You know the word of God inside out. Maybe you work on your fruits and character daily. You have alone time with Christ. You are strong in the faith.

But then it happens.

Someone cuts in front of you after you have been standing in line for 20 minutes. Someone you thought you could trust blatantly lies straight to your face. You could be struggling with temptation. Maybe a friend stabbed you in the back. Or maybe you are going through a dark time in your life. Tragedy struck and you want to blame God. All of a sudden you see red. Anger. Hurt. Rejection. Bitterness. Jealousy. So many emotions. It can leave one feeling less like a Christian and more like a Tasmanian devil wanting to rip to shred anything that gets in your way. When you don’t feel much like a Christian I want you to remember something.

Christianity is not a feeling.

It is a relationship with Christ. Just like any other relationship, it will not be perfect. You will stumble. You will feel stuck or as though you aren’t good enough. You may even want to give up at times. But you need to continue pushing through.

When you don’t feel like a Christian remember what God says about you.

  • I am created new in Christ.
    • So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away–look, what is new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

  • I am not a slave to sin but a child of God and a heir in Christ.

    So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son, then you are also an heir through God Galatians 4:7

 

  • God’s peace is available to me.
    • And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7)

 

  • God forgives and redeems me by his grace.
    • In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7)

 

  • God accepts me.
    • Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (Romans 15:7)

 

  • I am created in God’s image.
    • So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
  • I am part of the body of Christ along with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
    • Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

 

  • God will renew my strength.
    •  but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be fain. (Isaiah 40:31)

 

  • God is with me during trials.
    • When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.(Isaiah 43:2)

 

  • As a Christian I have love, self-discipline and strength.
    • For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.(2 Timothy 1:7)

 

The next time you are not feeling so Christian-like remember that Christianity is not a feeling. It is a relationship with Christ. Amidst that relationship there are so many truths about ourselves that we must hold onto. Even if we don’t feel like they are true. Emotions and feelings do not make facts any less true. I hope you were encouraged today. If you need more encouragement and want to know more about what God says about you it can be found in any bible!

with love,

Jenna

 

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Do You Know How Valuable You Are?

 It’s sometimes easy to forget our own value.

It has been raining for the past 24 hours. As I look out my picture window this morning with the rain pouring down, it reminded me of life. Everyone faces rainy days in life. It’s inevitable. There are going to be tragedies. Hard times. Financial struggles. Family problems. Along with so many other things that can go wrong. When the rain keeps coming it can become easy to want to curl up and feel sorry for yourself.

Rain makes everything harder. It becomes a chore to get yourself and your children in and out of the rain. You are stuck inside most of the time, because honestly playing in the rain is only fun for so long for both mom and children. Everything becomes wet and soggy. You realize you forgot to put the lid back on the sand table and now it is a soppy mess filled with sand and water. See? It becomes easy to start complaining when it has been raining for too long. It is the same way with life. Sometimes it may feel as though you have been facing the rain for weeks, months, or even years. Then you look around and it seems as though everyone else is basking on the beach in the hot sun. It can feel downright burdensome. When you have been in the rain too long in your life, feeling sorry for yourself can become second nature.

However, I want to suggest something to you. In Matthew 6:25-27 Jesus tells us:

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

He tells us that the Lord provides for the birds of the air and you are more valuable than the birds of the air. YOU are more VALUABLE than the birds of the air. YOU, ME, US, WE… are more valuable than the birds of the air. Wow. We are that important to God. If we are that important to God than it simply makes sense that he sees our burdens, our rain, our storms, and he doesn’t want us to burrow ourselves in them. He wants us to realize and remember our value, our importance.

The definition of valuable is as follows: having considerable monetary worth; costing or bringing a high price: a valuable painting; a valuable crop. having qualities worthy of respect, admiration, or esteem: a valuable friend. of considerable use, service, or importance: valuable information.

Wait…. So by calling us valuable God is actually telling us that we have CONSIDERABLE MONETARY WORTH? We have qualities worthy of respect? admiration? esteem? We are useful and important??
I bet you don’t always feel that way about yourself do you? I know I don’t. But God does. He tells us right in his word how valuable we are. Not just once but several times.
1.) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope – Jeremiah 29:11
2.) Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! -1 John 3:1
 3.) For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. -Psalm 139:13-14
4.) Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. – Luke 12: 6-7
 5.) Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. – Isaiah 49:14-15
wow. Did you know God felt all that about you?
That is just the tip of the iceberg! He has so much more to say about your worth. You can find it all in the word of God. The bible. I want you to do something for yourself. When you are feeling as though life just keeps raining and storming on you and as though your life is a disaster. When you are feeling down I want you to take a pen and paper and write down 10-20 things the Lord says about YOUR WORTH. Dig into his word and remind yourself what God has to say about your life and your value. I can give you ten right now to ponder on throughout your day.
1. You are a child of God
2. God formed you in your mother’s womb.
3. You are valuable.
4. He knows the numbers of hairs on your head- he knows every detail about your life.
5. He will never forget you.
6. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
7. He has thoughts of peace towards you.
8. He wants you to have a future.
9. He wants you to have hope.
10. He loves you.
 
There are so many more positive things the Lord thinks towards you! I just want to encourage you to see past the rain and look for the rainbow and sunshine. Because trust me. It will come and even amidst it all the Lord is there and he cares.
With love,
Jenna

What You Can Do To Make Mornings Smoother Right Now

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Making mornings more peaceful….

Before my daughter was able to come downstairs herself and before I started waking up early, I would wake up to a shrill little girl yelling “MOMMY!!!! MOMMYYYYYY!!!” most mornings. I would frantically run up the stairs because every morning that shrill yell would fool me into thinking something was wrong. Every morning she would just smile at me from behind the gate and ask me to play with her. I don’t like to do anything before my coffee. So there I would be, half asleep, in my pajamas, trying to guzzle down coffee while playing with a two year old. It was not the best way to start my morning and I felt like my entire day was thrown together. I knew something had to give. But what? I am not a morning person and dragging me out of bed before I have to get up is not an easy task. But I knew I needed to do something to get a handle on myself and give my best to my family. If you are like I was and struggle to get a handle on your day and morning but long to find some tips to help you, here are some things I have found that make my mornings and in turn my days go a whole lot smoother.

DO THE DISHES THE NIGHT BEFORE

If you have not already heard of her, I highly suggest checking out The FlyLady. She is absolutely amazing and has some really great tips for getting your house and in turn your life together. One of her first tips is to “shine your sink”. She talks about how waking up to a dirty sink is discouraging but waking up to a clean and shiny sink makes you feel as though you are ready to tackle the day. Honestly, my least favorite chore is doing the dishes. But I have found every time that I take the time and make the effort the night before to make sure my sink is clean, the next morning I wake up and smile. Because I don’t have to worry about doing the dishes right away before the breakfast rush. Try it! You will be surprised at how it’ll make you feel the next day.

DO A LOAD OF LAUNDRY BEFORE BED

I used to struggle with when to do my laundry. I never seemed to be able to remember when I tossed a load in the washer or dryer and it would sit for way to long. But then I discovered a routine that worked for me. I throw a load of laundry into the washer when I am done cleaning up dinner. Before bed I toss the load of clothes into the dryer. When I wake up in the morning after I do the dishes I fold the laundry. I then put it away that evening when I am putting my kids to bed. It’s not the perfect routine and sometimes I miss a step and get behind but when I stick to it I am able to keep the laundry under control. I’m also able to work doing laundry into a routine that works well for me and my family.

LAY OUT MY CLOTHES AND MY GIRLS CLOTHES BEFORE BED

This step may seem mundane but it works in my favor in the morning! This way my kids and I have time to pick out our clothes and I don’t feel rushed in the morning to get them ready. My daughter B likes to dawdle. When picking out her clothes for the day she’s as slow as a turtle. When I have her do it the night before she can take more time and I don’t feel the need to rush her. It really is a time saver.

GET UP BEFORE THE KIDS

This step about killed me when I started doing it. I hate waking up before I have to. But I discovered that it was vital to myself and everyone else if I wanted to get my attitude right for the day. In order to do that I had to wake up before my kids. This way I am not rushed into getting them ready while I’m not yet ready. I also have time to drink a cup (or two or three) of coffee before they wake. I can do my devotions and have my prayer time with the Lord in the quiet and peaceful morning before the sun comes out as well as my kids. I cherish that time to myself. If your kids are like mine and wake up at early hours I highly suggest investing in an “okay to wake” alarm clock. It is a clock that lights up when its “waking time” and helps them learn to stay in bed when it’s not quite time to get up. It has been a great tool and sometimes sanity saver for our family.

DO MY DEVOTIONS

Spending time in prayer and with the Lord is the most important aspect of my day. You can do this anytime you want to. If you prefer to spend time with God at night then by all means do that. I enjoy my prayer time in the morning because it is the first thing I do and it helps my mind focus on God and welcomes him into my day. On the mornings that I forget to do my devotions  or don’t make time I feel as though my day is more hectic and crazier than I like. That is why doing my devotions and prayers before the day starts helps get me get ready to tackle the rest of the day with a calm spirit.

Getting ready by myself without any little ones around has become important to me. I love my children but I need my alone time in the mornings because I believe it helps me be the best mom I can be. I always want to give my best to my children. That is why these little habits have become my sanity savers throughout the last year. I cherish that time to myself. Mornings have gradually become one of my favorite times of the day. I like being able to prepare myself to give my best. I am more peaceful and my home is more peaceful. That is what I strive for everyday. A peaceful home. What are some morning habits you have that help you prepare for your day?

Until next time!

Jenna Jury