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Justin Whitmel Earley

Practicing the Story of God in Everyday Family Rhythms

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    Section One: Awaken to God's light.

    When you wake up, are you really “awake?” If you start the day feeling overwhelmed by the clutter of your responsibilities, the answer is no. It’s time to rise and embrace a new reality – God’s reality. 

    It’s easy to get swept up by the bustle of daily routine and lose touch with the present moment and God’s word. Maybe you grab your phone as soon as you wake up, and before you know it, you’re scrolling through social media or emails. We’ve all been there. Too often, we switch on autopilot mode before we’re even out of bed.

    But what if you took a moment to reflect on something more meaningful? Instead of immediately reaching for your phone, you could wake up in God’s reality. Try starting your day by lifting your concerns through prayer. Just a few moments of reflection and seeking strength from Scripture will help you rise in love rather than anxiety. Now your eyes are open. 

    Bringing this feeling of love into the rest of your morning can be a challenge. Our schedules affect who we are. Just think about what happens when your plans are thrown off early on. A minor inconvenience, like a child who’s taking forever to get ready for school, can put you in a bad mood for the rest of the day. 

    We all have those tough moments, right? But rather than dwell on them, why not take a brief moment to pray? It will serve as a powerful spiritual reminder that you are in God’s presence and set an excellent example for your kids. Be sure to tell your family about your new habit and make it a team effort by bringing Christ into your daily routine. Say a quick prayer before breakfast or before leaving the house. 

    Life may have its ups and downs, but that doesn’t mean you have to face them by yourself. God’s presence can remind you that you’re never truly alone, no matter what life throws at you. By making a habit out of reading Scripture, you can shape yourself to be more like God. And in doing so, you’ll live your beliefs and inspire those around you to do the same.

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    What is Habits of the Household about?

    Habits of the Household (2021) offers a meaningful way for families to connect with God through daily routines. Through reflections and stories, you’ll learn how to implement simple habits that will help you find deeper meaning amid the chaos of family life.

    Who should read Habits of the Household?

    • Busy Christian parents
    • Fans of the Lord’s message
    • Church tool kit shoppers

    About the Author

    Justin Whitmel Earley is an author, lawyer, and speaker who frequently discusses habits, technology, and mental health at businesses and legal events. He also wrote The Common Rule. 

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