Favorite Part Of My Morning

I am routine kind of person. If I am going to accomplish something, I need to do it consistently at the same time and in the same place. One of the many reasons, I hate vacations is because it takes me entirely out of my routine. So when I come back, everything is hard to get back into a routine.

(I know… I am insane)

For the most part, getting out of routine isn’t a big deal. So what that it takes me a day to get back into a routine at work. It just means that I have to get work a little extra the next day or two. So what that it takes me a little longer to get back into an exercise routine. A day or two (or week or two) won’t impact your life.

But some things are important to maintain my routine consistently. For me, it’s my CAB(s).

(Okay I am a recovering youth pastor from the late 90’s, so that means everything is an acronym)

CAB(s) stands for Coffee, Audible, Bible and Swag, which is my morning 6 am routine. I typically wake up during the 5 am period. I try to wake up around 5 – 515 am. I try to do some exercise, which consists of a light stationary bike, yoga, or if the weather is enjoyable, to take the dog for a walk. If I don’t wake up, I don’t stress out, but it’s an excellent way to get up. If I have time, I might catch up on a television show, podcast, or video game.

At 6 am, it’s time to make the coffee. Right now, I use a single serve pour over coffee, which is an aromatic patient way to make a good cup of coffee. While the kettle is heating up the water, I listen to my Bible reading plan at 1.25 speed, which helps me get through the entire Bible around 250 days (give or take). 1.25 isn’t fast at all and does help especially for Numbers….

By the time, the coffee is ready. It is around 615 (like I said, a patient way), then I sit down to listen to my audiobook, right now I am going through a book of church history. The children will wake up around 630ish and my coffee is almost done, which makes our conversations more relaxing.

The Swag comes from having my phone play videos for cash downstairs which is a little reward for waking up, which helps me pay for the kid’s school supplies and helps with gifts for the year.

Now that is my routine, and it works great if I can wake up in time. I can’t set the alarm, because my beautiful bride is a light sleeper and once she wakes up, she has a difficult time falling back asleep.

I love 5 am; she does not.

So waking up during the 5 am was hit or miss. But this year I made an investment, used my credit rewards, Christmas money and did a few additional surveys and bought an Apple Watch. The Apple Watch has been great because now I can set an alarm which gives me a vibration, that is heavy enough to wake me up but lite enough not to wake up my beautiful bride.

I am almost a month plus into a consistent morning routine, and the watch goes with me, so when I do take a vacation, I can wake up and do my CAB(s).

I want to encourage you not to wake up in the morning but instead find a way to have put a CAB routine in your life. It’s a great half-hour of intentional life, one which improves you spiritually and intellectually. Buy a slow pour coffee, and enjoy God’s word while smelling in the fresh fragrance of God’s greatest creation (coffee bean), then sit and relax drinking your coffee while enjoying a good book.

Try it out for a month, and it will be your favorite part of your day.

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The Daily Car Ride

The dinner table, at one point, was the central moment in the day for growing faith in children. There are plenty of books out there about taking back that one hour every night, to sit down to a nice meal and talk about Jesus Christ.

I am not against dinner table faith conversations, and I encourage it. If you want a great book to read about the subject check out “The Hour That Matters The Most” by Les and Leslie Parrott. It is a great read with challenging words and helpful tips.

But lets be realistic, most parents are stuck in an awful routine that involves running from place to place. The new dinner table is the car ride.

Any given day, you might spend almost a full hour in the car and instead of playing music the whole time, why not take the time and talk about God.

I have a routine with my boys every school morning. When we arrive at school, we pray. Sometimes we both do, but one of us does pray every time. Even if we are running late. A tardy is not as important as talking with God. We praise God for our family. We pray for the day, and for the teachers and the staff.

On the way home, we take a few minutes to chat about the day. I ask them, “What ways did you show God’s love.” Sometimes it isn’t much and sometimes it is hard to hold back tears, and the profound answers my seven year old brings up. Some moments are difficult like when a child was being a bully, but I allow time to talk about how to show kindness and what are productive ways to handle the situation.

I can tell you those moments are wonderful and something you can do easily.