Mornings might be my favorite part of the day. I love the stillness of the world and I love watching it come alive as the sun rises and all of creation begins stirring. My mornings have become a blend of beauty and intentionality. But perhaps my favorite part of my mornings is that I can curl up in a robe, with my coffee and Bible in hand.
I love the ritual of mornings. Everything is in order and there has not yet been enough time for something to happen to the yet to put a spot on the clean slate (usually). Each and every time the sun rises, I am reminded that God has promised fresh mercy each and every morning.
It’s in the morning that I feel this promise cradle me.
As I’ve shared before, I am also a lover of the hygge movement. I love taking beautiful moments and enjoying the simple beauty of the moments. Deliberately cultivating a sense of loveliness and beauty is one of the ways I reflect God’s character to the world around me.
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So arranging a morning routine that combines both hygge and my Christian faith has been such a joy. Here are a few of my favorite elements:
My Journaling Bible
This Bible is one of my favorite arrangements of Scripture. In addition to the inspired word of God, there are columns for notes, prayers, and questions. I have carried this with me since high school and it is beautiful to come across something I wrote years ago and to see God’s faithfulness has continued. I struggle to journal and, even if I journaled regularly, would not go back through and see what God had done or how He had spoken to me in ages past.
My Coffee and Coffee Mugs
If you follow my Instagram, it couldn’t come as a surprise to you that I love mugs. A lot. Almost as much as I love coffee. Choosing something beautiful to begin my day with is just one of the ways I cultivate a loveliness in these wee morning hours.
I typically make my coffee either via a standard drip coffee maker or, when I’m ready for an extra dose of loveliness, through a french press coffee maker. Lately, I’ve also greatly enjoyed the Fair Trade dark roast coffee from Aldi. It’s coffee I feel good about drinking and it’s a great price!
I just found this amazing company, Three Avacados! Their coffee is fantastic quality and they use 100% of the profits to provide clean water in Uganda and education in Nicaragua! Check our their web site and make an ethical coffee choice.
Candles and Essential Oil Diffusers
Lighting a beautiful candle in the morning has also been a way of cultivating loveliness. There are many references in the Bible about offering up aromas pleasing to God and the beautiful smells from my candles and oils remind me of this.
I particularly love diffusing Balance oil from doTerra and this diffuser (a Christmas gift) has been a beautiful addition to my family room.
When it comes to candles, I love using candles with a wooden wick as I do not have a fireplace. Between that and my pinecone and twinkle light basket (pictured above), it creates a calming ambiance.
Bible Studies and Books
There are a few bible studies I’ve done through the years to guide my study time in Scripture. She Reads Truth has created several studies I’ve done (many can be accessed through their app). I also have the studies on the Psalms and on Galatians from The Daily Grace Co. that are lovely, and easy to work through.
If I don’t have a specific study I’m working through, I tend to follow the daily office or I pick a book of the bible and slowly work through it. Currently, my mornings are spent pouring over the John’s Gospel.
After this, I try to spend a few minutes reading through a chapter or so of a book. I am currently working through Ancient-Future Worship by Robert Webber but would highly recommend Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, Unseen by Sara Haggerty, or Seasons of Waiting by Besty Childs Howard.
Have a Warm Breakfast
After spending time quietly before the Lord, I recommend eating something warm. In these cold winter months, having a warm breakfast feels like an indulgent, but wonderful, way to start the day. I particularly enjoy a warm bowl of steel cut oats with some cinnamon and honey.
Write down goals on an actual, tangible planner. I think there is something powerful about both writing down goals and being able to look back and reflect on them that is good for the soul. Setting intentions after spending time with the Lord helps you focus your priorities on what God has said, not what the world is saying.
Your morning might look different. You might prefer tea to coffee or a roaring fire to an essential oil diffuser. Wrapping up in a robe or leaning against fluffy pillows might be what makes your mornings lovely. Whatever it is that makes you enjoy the world that God has created and long for the world that He is recreating, surround yourself with those things.
What do you do to inspire hygge and faith in your life in the mornings?