- Give Your First Minutes to God
There is no doubt that God wants our undivided attention (Exodus 20:5; 34:14; Deuteronomy 4:24). Well, so do so many other people and things in our lives. It’s hard to give God our undivided attention with so many things pulling us in other directions. When you stop to give God your first minutes of the day, you are undivided. Put aside the electronic device and to-do list for a few minutes and focus on God. This looks different for every woman. I like to read my Bible or do a devotion first thing. Others like to put on worship music and praise God. I know other still who just like the quiet to pray.
- Shower in the AM
A warm, cozy shower is refreshing and awakening. When I don’t have time to be undivided in my pjs, I have a prayer and worship session right in the shower. Getting clean and fresh in the morning makes me feel great throughout the day. You can’t go wrong with a delightful shower in the morning. (Psalm 73:25-28)
- Get Dressed
Sounds so simple, right? Well, I don’t mean to pull on those soft and comfortable sweats and sweatshirt. Put those aside for a while. Get out your jeans and decent shirt. Pick out something you would be comfortable with anyone outside your home would see you in (1 Timothy 2:9). In other words, be presentable. Yes, even if you are staying home. Being presentable gives you a sense of readiness for whatever your day may hold and you have already accomplished some good adulating by doing so. Can I also add here that it doesn’t hurt to look decent for God? He has to look at you too, even when you don’t think He sees. (You should know that I am actually writing this while wearing my sweats and sweatshirt, but technically my day is done and this just came to me.)
- Do Something with Your Hair
Ok now, I’m not saying that you need to curl every strand or that you need to straighten out that frizz. Just do something. Put in some good product to contain whatever mess you accomplished to make throughout the night. Throw it up in a nice ponytail, let it lay, pull up the sides or use a big ‘ol clip to hold it up on the top of you head (my personal favorite). Do something. I’m not quite sure that Scripture says that we need to do our hair, but it goes along with feeling refreshed and ready for the day. Motivation to adult.
- Make Your List
Focus on today. What needs to be done today and what time? Write out your list neatly and keep it where you can see it throughout the day. Make sure that your list is accomplishable for your day. If you have a few toddler age children and a 4000 square foot home, don’t just write “clean the house” down. You will be so disappointed at the end of the day when you look around and you didn’t get to the other 2000 square feet. Break up your list to make adulating every day a little easier. Sometimes taking care of a sick child and three loads of laundry is all that is doable. That is okay. Focus on your day and needs.
- Start with One Thing on Your List
This is pretty self-explanatory. Just take it one item at a time and keep going. Yes, find some time to take a few short breaks, but them keep on. It feels good to cross lines off the list and gives you a sense of accomplishment. 2 Timothy 4:2 says, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.” We can use this verse to help us keep going throughout our day and with our list of what we need to get done. Patience and perseverance.
You can adult today. You can get up and give God the undivided attention he deserves and be filled in your first few minutes of the day. You can take a shower in ten minutes and feel refreshed and ready for the day. You can be presentable in how you dress and by doing your hair. You can get the to-do list written so it’s completely doable in the time you have available. You can adult today.
Lord, adulting is hard and not always fun. I ask that with each woman who is readying this, they find a happy balance and a routine that works for them, but in all this may they always give you their first minutes of the day. Fill them full of you and refresh their bodies and minds as they prepare for a day of adulting. Amen.