Morning Hugs

Are you a coffee lover?  Do you need your coffee fix to get you energized for the day?  I’m more of a tea drinker myself, but I do love how my cup of tea in the morning gives me a big hug to start my day, and eases me into the reality that is going to slap me in my face as soon as I leave the comfort of my home.

Who wouldn’t love a morning hug?  I know I sure do.  I love that I ease into my day.  Sure, I have to wake up earlier to do it, but it is well worth it, in my books.  My morning hug includes a nice cup of tea, curled up in my lazy boy chair with my bible, and my ipad ready to go through my morning spiritual routine.

Lately I was in Newfoundland for a gymnastics competition for four nights, and my morning routine was broken.  I didn’t have the hour alone with by daily bible reading and 20 minutes of meditation.  My entire world seemed astray.  I still got in my time, but it was when I could squeeze it in during the day, and sometimes, I wasn’t alone in my room as I had to share the hotel room with another coach.

Sometimes when our routine becomes shaken, so do our worlds.  We don’t feel right since we are proven creatures of habit.  We have good habits and bad habits, and these habits are sometimes hard to break.  Often we have to look at our habits and maybe evaluate which ones we should continue and which ones we should eliminate.

I have many bad habits, but I am striving hard to change them in myself.  Little by little, I am making slight changes so that I don’t feel lost like I did when I was in Newfoundland.  Change is hard, even when you are trying to change for the better.

I’m trying to have more patience with my children.  I love a clean house, and my son loves to make a mess.  This is a habit that I have to learn to change so that I don’t make my son feel inept.  He is independent and enjoys making his own meals, shakes and other items in the kitchen, but many times his independence leads to a huge mess.  One time he made a protein shake with strawberry milk and to this day I am still finding splatters of pink on my maple wooden cupboards, because someone forgot to put the top on the blender before he pressed the high power button.  He did his best to clean it up, and I did my best to stay patient, but I know it is an area that I need to work at.

I’m also trying to stop gossiping, but man-oh-man, this is a hard one.  Someone opens with the line, “Did you hear about so-and-so?” and I grab the bait every time!  Why?  Because it is easy to fall into the trap of wanting to know about other people, even if it means their world is falling apart before their eyes.  Or maybe I’m only getting part of the story.  Either way, I am trying my best to ignore it and move on, but I know I am still a work in progress in this area.

I have many other bad habits I am trying to work at, but I won’t bore you any further with the details.  I just wish that people would start to concentrate on bettering themselves instead of belittling others.  We all have areas of our own lives that need work, and that is where we should focus our energy.  In 1 Corinthians 10:13, it is told, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

Coffee was one of my many bad habits at one time of my life, but I had to stop drinking it because if I didn’t get it, I would have really bad headaches.  I really didn’t want to change my habit of drinking coffee, but eventually, once I switched to tea I realized what a wise decision it was.  If I miss having a tea in the morning, I don’t get that horrible throbbing in my frontal lobe, which is a great change.

All habits are hard to change at first.  There are many things in our lives that sometimes we have to adjust, but over time, life becomes normal again.  One baby step at a time.  I know now, I love my tea first thing in the morning.  Little by little I added in my time with God to that tea time.  At first it was only 5 minutes, but now I am up to 50 minutes, and I’m still craving more.

God is faithful and he will help you transition into the person you want to be.  Free will is part of being human, and not bowing down to our flesh is something that can’t be done easily without the helping hand of God.  Did you want to change a bad habit of some sort?  Start the change with a prayer, and he will help you out.  Trust me!