One morning ritual I can't start without

Growing up, we had one morning ritual we never started our day without. Here's how it shaped us.

3,660 views   |   9 shares
  • This article was originally published on It has been republished here with permission._

  • Growing up, we had one morning ritual. My siblings, Chase and Courtney, and I would jump in the car, buckle up and wait. About that time, my mom would shift the car in gear and she would begin to pray:

  • Lord, we thank you for today. I thank you your Angels and hedge of protection are around Alex, Chase, Courtney, Neil and me, Granna and Grandma Jerry. I thank you that we are the head and not the tail, always the top and never the bottom. We put on the full armor of God ...

  • Then all together, we would begin to say out loud:

  • The Helmet of Salvation, the Breast Plate of Righteousness, the Belt of Truth, our feet are shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace, we have the Sword of the Spirit, and the Shield of Faith, and we're ready to face the day. Praying always in the Spirit. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  • Somewhere between our house and our school, we began to believe what God offered us.

  • Before I knew Deuteronomy 28:13, I understood God's favor for those who followed Him. Before I knew Ephesians 6, I knew we could be Strong in the Lord. And, before I knew Philippians 4:13, I discovered who the source of my strength is.

  • When I was 10 years old, we moved from Daphne, Alabama, to Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was a big change in my young mind and going to a brand new school seemed intimidating. We got in the car on the first day of school and my mom began to pray — like she had every morning before. All of a sudden, I realized that one big thing did not change: the source of my strength was still the same.

  • Having the Word so foundational at a young age has given me the confidence to face new seasons — good and bad — knowing that nothing is bigger than the one constant: the source of my strength.

Want uplifting and insightful stories in your inbox?

Take a moment and share it!

Alexandra Schauer (Alex) is a writer, speaker, wife and mom to Maverick Reid. She is passionate about connecting people to solutions—especially Truth found in the Word.

8 things I want to thank my mom for now that I’m a parent

Being a mom sure isn’t easy, and you know that even more now that you’re a parent

Tell us your opinion

Thanks for subscribing to our email list. Please enjoy our latest articles.