Last week I read an interesting post by Holly Furtick talking about a study that claimed the first seven minutes of your day set the tone for the rest of it.
Most days I wake up when Alia won’t go back to sleep anymore, and then try to get her out to the living room before she wakes Kaden. I grab my glasses and phone on the way and then check what’s new on there – email, Instagram, Facebook, you know. First thing. Kind of silly because it’s not that important, but I just have gotten into the habit. It’s been starting to annoy me, in a why am I doing this sort of way, but Alia’s happy exploring her toys, and I’m just checking if there’s anything new…
So after reading Holly’s post I decided, okay, no more phone first thing. Instead for the past week I’ve spent at least the first seven minutes of my day with what’s most important to me. Time with my babies. Being thankful. And praying. Asking for love and peace, kindness, and gentleness to fill our lives and home.
And since then my days have felt different. In heated moments, it has come to my mind more quickly that I still want to respond in a way that is gentle, and kind. To respond with peace and love. And throughout the day it’s been easier to really connect with my kids. To be in the moment. To pick up my phone less and look my children in the eye more. Which is obviously way better anyway 🙂
I like my iPhone and I’m thankful to have one – it’s how I’m writing this now! But that isn’t my first priority. That will always belong to God and my family.