Spending time with God puts everything in perspective. Our mindset is renewed, our souls are filled and our burdens are replaced with His peace. So never underestimate the power of starting your morning with Jesus. Ironically it tends to be the one thing we neglect and need the most. It’s the difference between our day being ruled by His Spirit or overwhelmed by the pull of this world. The good news is; you have the ability to be intentional about your time. So start making moves and stop making excuses when it comes to your relationship with God! Here are ten ways to make time with Jesus your everyday morning routine:
Invest in a Bible Reading Plan
Bible reading plans are a convenient way to commit to an everyday reading of God’s word. The reading is scheduled for you and with apps like YouVersion you’re even able to set a reminder for yourself each morning! If you’re having trouble with where to start reading in the Bible or consistency, this may be an answer for you. God’s word is one of the primary ways He speaks to us. So make sure you’re making time to tune into His voice!
Start in Worship
Try putting together a worship playlist or putting on your favorite album in the morning. Worship brings the presence of Heaven into our hearts. Play your favorite worship songs as you get ready, in the car or just sit there and praise Him for a moment right there in your room.
Start with Affirmations
Affirmations are great ways we can remind ourselves of who Christ is and who we are in Him. They can strengthen our Spirit as we speak over ourselves and help us enter into the character of Christ. You can create your own list or download one online and recite them in the morning. An example of some affirmations are:
“I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).”
“I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).”
“The Lord is my good Shepherd. He provides for all of my needs. (Psalm 23:1)”
“God is faithful. He will complete the good work that he has begun in me. (Philippians 1:6)”
“God has not given me a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).”
“No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”
“I will live by faith and not by sight.”
Start a prayer wall and petition your requests in the morning
I’ve seen prayer walls come in different forms but they are great for sticking to consistent and specific prayers- not just for ourselves but for those around us. Whether it be sticky notes on a wall, flash cards or writings on a white board, this is the place to specifically write down the prayer requests of your own and others in need. Start your day off by engaging your faith with the power of Christ and covering your prayer wall in the morning.
Written word is still a form of communication. Best believe God can read! You can start your morning off writing a letter to Jesus about your dreams, your disappointments or even a list of things you are grateful for in that moment. This is another form of expression to Christ that shapes the heart and can draw us closer to Him when done with a genuine spirit.
Start a Morning Accountability Group
Start a group text or chat with other believers and be committed, as a group, to each share a scripture with each other in morning and a brief summary of what it means to you. This is a great way to fellowship and be edified in the morning. The Bible does say, where two or more are gathered, He is there in your midst!
Go on a Prayer/Praise Walk
Make it a morning routine to get up a little earlier than usual and take a walk outside for about 15 minutes or more. If you can get stroll through nature and be surrounded by the presence of God’s humble creation, even better. Use that time to speak your prayers and praises out loud and set your heart on Christ. Not only will this fill your spirit but the walk will be rejuvenating to your mind and body, which is your temple!
Pick a Memory Verse
This was something I use to do at my old desk job that really did strengthen my day. Pick a memory verse in the morning and put it on a sticky note. Make it your goal to memorize that verse throughout the day by reciting it until it is committed to memory. Not only will abiding in His word keep you throughout the day but it will remain stored in your heart.
Meet Jesus at the Same Place Every Morning
Some may have a prayer room or call this their “quiet place” but what a great idea to have a specific dwelling where you and Jesus meet every morning. Sometimes having that visual spot set aside for time with God in prayer, in His word and in worship can serve as a motivator to spend time with Him on a regular basis.
This is probably one of the hardest and most crucial aspects of connecting with Jesus for us modern day folks. Life’s demands are always on our shoulders and the notifications on our smartphones are on 100. In the morning it’s good to practice the meditation of “being still and knowing that He is God”. Take a moment to just be reminded of who He is in your life. That He is currently seated on the throne over all of Heaven and Earth. That He dwells inside of you. That He is with you. Before you pick up your phone, before you start thinking of everything you have to do, before you being the hustle and bustle of your day, practice being still.
What have been your greatest struggles and accomplishments in pursuing time with Jesus? Let’s chat! Comment below!