Invite Jesus Into Your Morning Routine

Are you a morning person or a night owl? I can’t figure out what I am. A lot of nights, I stay up too late writing, but if i get to bed at a decent hour, I wake up pretty perky and ready for the day. I guess I’m a morning person who stays up too late sometimes.

No matter if I’m bright-eyed or dragging in the morning, I’ve found that much of my morning routine is on auto-pilot. I bet yours is, too. We’ve been taking showers and applying make-up for decades, friends. We got this!

Instead of getting ready in a mindless fog, I’m trying to invite Jesus into my morning routine. Not only does it make better use of the time, it helps me start my day off strong mentally and spiritually. Just another way to live the pray-without-ceasing life.

Here are some ways to interact with God while you’re getting ready for the day. Some of these are from my experience and others are tips I’ve seen here and there. I hope you’ll share your ideas in the comments! (Hint. Hint.)

One of my best pray without ceasing tricks is to train my brain to associate things I see regularly with something or someone I want to pray about. I call them mental monuments. Think about the things you see and use each morning. How can you connect prayer to them?

  • Coffee: I’m learning to love the whole morning coffee thing. I’ve always been a Diet Coke girl, but hot coffee with a hefty shot of cinnamon vanilla creamer is growing on me. I must be growing up. There are plenty of ways your morning pick-me-up can become morning prayer. Pray the Scripture etched on your favorite mug. Pray for the coffee lover who needs your prayers the most. As you pour your coffee, pray in thanksgiving that “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:5 NIV).
  • Shower: Do you take long steamy showers or quick cold ones? I tend to get in and out pretty quickly so I can sleep longer. Shower time is probably one of the most automatic times of my day, so it’s a perfect time to focus on prayer. Pray for God to show you whose feet you can wash that day (see John 13:14). Ask God to give you clean hands and a pure heart (see Psalm 24:3-4) Come clean with God about any sin that’s tripping you up. That’s a big one for me. I don’t know…the shower just seems like a good place to get honest with God, to lay things bare, if you will.
  • Getting Dressed: Now, I’ll be honest. This part of my morning routine is probably the hardest. Depending on my mood (and my weight), it’s either “Oh, the choices!” or “I have nothing to wear!” Getting dressed is an ideal time to “put on your armor” for the day (see Ephesians 6:10-18). It’s a perfect time to deliberately “clothe [yourself] with the Lord Jesus Christ” and ask for strength to live by the Spirit and not by the flesh (see Romans 13:13-14). It’s the right time to remember you’re one of “God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved” and choose to “clothe [yourself] with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12 NIV).
  • Finishing Touches: The older I get, the more finishing touches I need, and all those things happen in front of the mirror. My bathroom mirror has way more than my reflection on it. At any given time, you’ll find a name or two written on there in dry erase marker, usually someone for whom I committed to pray daily. Some days are harder than others. If I need to be reminded who I am in Christ, I look myself in the eye and declare what’s true by praying an “identity” prayer I wrote a while back and taped to my mirror. As I spritz on my signature fragrance, lyrics from Cheri Keaggy’s song, “Restored,” always come to mind. “So I’m practicing joy, choosing it daily, putting it on like a favorite cologne.”
  • Shoes On and Out the Door: Whether you wear high heels or orthopedic insoles, slipping on shoes can remind you to pray some powerful prayers. You can ask God to help you keep in step with His spirit (see Galatians 5:25). You can ask Him to make your steps firm (see Psalm 37:23). You can ask Him to be a lamp for your feet and a light for your path (see Psalm 119:105).

Though I still have many a mindless moment in the mornings, I figure any extra morning minutes I spend in prayer will help my day start off stronger. It’s like having my best friend keep me company while I get ready for the day.

Lord, thank you for being with me and for me from morning ’til night. 

What do you think? How do you invite Jesus into your morning routine? 


H.O.P.E. to Change

In anticipation of my Monday morning workout, I stuffed my face Sunday night with a #1 Sonic deal, no lettuce with chili cheese fries. Am I the only one who sabotages her success? It’s like I’m only capable of being on-track in one area of my life at a time. When I’m with-it with my quiet time, I’m out-of-it with my social life. When I’m on-the-ball with my job, I’m off-kilter at home. When I’m kicking tail at the gym, I’m kicking back at the drive-thru.

Will I ever get it together? It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re trying to form new habits. But I won’t give up hope. Why? Because my hope is not in me. My hope is in Christ.

Are you struggling to make positive changes in your life? Join me in praying this prayer of hope based on an acrostic I learned through my time at Celebrate Recovery.


My old me sure is stubborn. No matter how good success feels, I’m always one poor choice away from stumbling back into destructive habits. Permanent change seems so out-of-reach, Lord. But I know it’s possible, so I choose to cling to hope. Hope to change.

Hope in Christ alone.

Lord, I can’t change on my own! Yes, I can manage a few good choices in a row from time-to-time, but when it comes to permanent change, I fall so, so short. I choose to place my hope in You, not myself. “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long”(Psalm 25:5 NIV).

“Guard my life and rescue me [from my stubborn old me]; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you” (Psalm 25:20-21 NIV).

Open to change.

Lord, this change has been a long time coming. I can’t afford to waste another day choosing less than Your best for me. I am open to whatever I must do to experience true, lifelong change. 

I will “watch and pray so that [I] will not fall into temptation. [My] spirit is willing, but [my] flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41 NIV).

“In view of [Your] mercy, [I will offer my body] as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to [You]—this is [my] true and proper worship. [I will] not conform to the pattern of this world, but [will] be transformed by the renewing of [my] mind. Then [I] will be able to test and approve what [Your] will is—[Your] good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2 NIV).

I will fix my eyes on Jesus, the “pioneer and perfecter” of my faith (Hebrews 12:2 NIV).

Power to change.

Lord, I know You’ve heard all my desperate pleas to just up and take this struggle away from me. While I know You could choose to deliver me from it instantly, I am grateful You have chosen, instead, to deliver Your all-sufficient grace. Your “power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that [Your] power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NIV).

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, wide and fully aware of the power I have available to me…the same power that raised Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:18-20).

“Now this I know: [You give] victory to [Your] anointed. [You answer us from Your] heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of [Your] right hand” (Psalm 20:6 NIV).

Expect to change.

I’ve failed so many times, Lord, that I’ve come to expect it. Change my expectations, Lord. 

I won’t “burn out; [I’ll] keep [myself] fueled and aflame. [I’ll be an alert servant of my Master], cheerfully expectant. [I won’t] quit in hard times; [I’ll just] pray all the harder” (Romans 12:11-12 MSG).

I don’t expect perfection, for only You have that title. But I won’t let setbacks sink me. Your mercies are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Oh, my Lord…my God of hope…”fill [me] with all joy and peace as [I] trust in [You], so that [I] may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NIV). Hope to know You better through this journey. Hope to represent You well. Hope to change.

In the hope-filled name of Jesus I pray, AMEN

Let’s pray for each other as we, in God’s strength, make positive changes in our lives. Leave a comment with your prayer request and pray for others (or for me), while you’re there!