Maximize Your Mornings Challenge

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We are gearing up for the MYM Summer Challenge over at Inspired to Action. So how this this past challenge gone for me? It started out great, and then the kids had some sleeping issues, which led to me having some sleeping issues. When I wake up in the middle of the night (why isn’t it called the middle of the morning since it is AM the next day already?), I usually take awhile (=2+ hrs) to fall back to sleep. =( Added to that, I have a lot on my mind lately.

Anyhow, let’s see….

Quiet times – I went through a YouVersion Bible (smartphone app) reading plan on Lent which started on Ash Wednesday. After Easter passed, I began one on the topic of suffering….if you’ve been keeping up with the Moys here, or even if you just follow along with the news, you understand why that’s a topic of choice right now.

Worship – I am enjoying my Pandora (smartphone app) Nicole Nordeman station. I am loving Sara Groves’ When the Saints and a few Meredith Andrews songs. And you can’t go wrong with Chris Tomlin. He just got married last year. Oh, you didn’t know? Now you do. (If you know me, I’m a crazy trivia person…I know tons of random tidbits on things that people don’t really need to know….and if you want to know about the word ‘trivia’, oh boy, sit down, stay awhile.)

Prayer – Since I had those nights when I was up at crazy hours, I had nothing to do but pray. With thoughts going through my head, I need to talk with Him, cry out to Him (not literally because that would wake everyone else up), listen to His still small voice…it’s been good.

Planning – I go through my Springpad (smartphone app) checklists to see what chores I have to complete, what meals I need to prepare for each meal, and where we are headed for the day. Then if I have time check my Google Reader, Facebook, and email.

My exercise time was moved to nighttime. Although it worked out that I wasn’t interrupted a million times like in the afternoons, it made me too awake to go to bed right after. This didn’t work too well on the days the kids were too wound up for an early bedtime. Time to move up my bedtime/waketime. My workout apps were working pretty well for awhile but I need sometime else since my muscles got used to the same movements. I am thinking to take up the challenge of the 30 Day Shred (I know, pray for me!). I am doing my first 5k walk (Brain Tumor Walk) on Saturday, so I have been walking every day with the girls. After that, I would like to train for a 5k run (again, pray for me!). I do love my RunKeeper app although for me, it should really be called WalkKeeper!

Now, if it seems all too perfect and too good to be true, it’s because it is too good to be true. The above does not happen everyday, or even on most days. There are mornings when I wake up and I remember an email that I sent out, and I want to check if anyone replied. Then, I go off my routine and I miss that needed time with the Lord in prayer and worship. Then, I am not smiling when my girls wake up because I just need to check one more thing. I don’t like those days, and they don’t like those days. The routine works. I need to follow the routine.

I am excited for the summer challenge to start, and I am considering applying to be an Accountability Captain. Over 600! women are taking the challenge to Maximize their Mornings! Wow!

Any real life family/friends want to take part with me? Or blogger friends? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? (Did I lose anyone here? If I did, that means you haven’t watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Sorry.)

– Joyce

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  6. I subscribed to the posts…we’ll see if I’m up for the challenge. With moving this summer, my world is going to be spinning a bit! We got a house though, so only have to move one time instead of renting and then moving again! 🙂

    Have a great week Joyce!
    -Melissa

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