I strongly dislike mornings.

As you can guess from that statement, I’m not a morning person. When the alarm goes off, I don’t jump out of bed ready to embrace the day ahead. Instead, I moan and turn over, mumbling something like, it’s morning already? I’ve even been known to ask God, why did You create mornings?

But once I’m up and get a few sips of coffee down, my body begins to wake up. I love to sip on my coffee while enjoying some special time with the Lord – praying, reading His Word, journaling, and sometimes singing. (I think the cats would prefer I don’t sing.)

I cherish that time in the morning with God, and I’ve found if I don’t spend focused time with Him before I leave the house, it gets pushed aside as I move about my day. I have the best intentions: I’ll meet with God when I get home later or tonight before I go to bed. But, it usually doesn’t happen.

The important thing is that we carve out time each day to sit down alone with God, free of distractions. Read and study His Word. Pray. Journal your thoughts and prayers. It may not be early mornings, but find what works best for you.

David’s prayer in Psalm 143:8 is my prayer each morning:

“Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; for I trust in You; teach me the way in which I should walk; for to You I lift up my soul.”

Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning. What a great way to start the day, even for a non-morning person!

What works best for you – spending time with God before your day gets started, or later in the day, or at night? And I’m curious – how many of you are like me and not a morning person? How do you survive mornings?