Monday Morning Rise

“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us.” Luke 1:78

There are those mornings as a mom where you know you could stay in bed for just a little bit longer, but you hear your little one awake and ready to start the day in the room next door.  The clock said 6:25am and normally Carter sleeps until 8:00, so I waited a little bit to see if he’d go back to sleep.  Well that wasn’t going to happen, the little man was ready to start his Monday off nice and early!

I went and got him up and realized the stench in the room smelled like a nasty diaper.  I said to Carter, “Well I wouldn’t be able to sleep with that in my pants either!” I got him all cleaned up and we snuggled on the couch for a little while.  I got up to get myself a cup of coffee and Carter brought me his shoes.  It’s his new thing when he wants to go outside, (which is basically 24/7), he will bring you his shoes and say “go go?”  I will admit it’s super cute!  It was only a little after 7:00, but the sunrise was absolutely beautiful this morning so I decided we could head outside and go for a little walk.  It was a little chilly so Carter had his Harry Potter sweatsuit on (pictured below because it’s adorable).  I took Bella with us too of course!


I started one of my morning worship playlists on my phone and sat it in the stroller so Carter could hear it too. And we were off!  I love listening to worship music.  There is something about listening to it in the morning as I see the sun rising that just calms me.  My current favorite artists are Caleb and Kelsey.  Many people have shared their videos on Facebook of their worship song mashups (me included), and my current favorite is their own rendition of “10,000 Reasons” and “What A Beautiful Name It Is.”  I will attach the youtube video below so you can listen for yourself and feel the amazingness of it!  It’s incredible to listen to especially in the morning before you start your day.  You won’t regret it!

We just did a short walk but in that little time I just feel like I reflected so much on everything.  There were words of the worship music that just made me feel the presence of Jesus right there with us.  The sound of Carter babbling away, and Bella’s “happy feet” on the pavement (when she gets a little trot going because she’s excited we call them her happy feet), both made me smile and feel peace within me.  There is SO much to be thankful for.  I completely understand that we all have bad days, I absolutely have them too.  But there is so much to be thankful for, even on those off days.  I believe it’s important to take the opportunity to be with ourselves and God for at least ten minutes, even five minutes if that’s all you feel like you have, just remember how much there is to be thankful for.

I’m guilty of rushing and flying around throughout the day to get things done as fast as I can.  Then all of a sudden I will stop myself and realize I haven’t even been thinking at all, I’ve just been doing.  I’ve started to become more self conscience about this and try to remember that it’s not a race to get things done.  If I only get one thing done off of my list in a whole day, that’s fine!  As we kept walking and I watched Carter pointing at the trees and the squirrels running across the road, I thought to myself, “this is exactly where I need to be.”


I believe that God gave Carter a little nudge to go grab his shoes way earlier than normal to go outside.  Even though I was tired and hadn’t even finished my coffee yet, God wanted us to get outside and be in the moment with him.  I had to share this in a small post because I encourage everyone to have those moments that God tries to give us each day.  Life is so short, and our kids grow up way too fast.  Carter is basically up to my waist already in height!  I know how busy everyone gets (I’m right there with you), but even if it’s getting up just a little earlier to have a moment with God to pray, go for a walk, read the Bible, whatever way you’d like to connect with him will do wonders for you.  It will help your day start off completely different in the best way!  When we got back to the house I felt so refreshed and ready to take on the day, even with the earlier wake up call.

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.  His love endures forever!” Psalm 107:2

If you do find those small moments, I would love to hear about them!  Feel free to comment on this post or message me.  I’d love to hear your own feelings and benefits of taking those moments to yourself before you start your day, or before you go to sleep at night.  Thank you so much again for taking the time to catch up on some of my Mommy Minutes, and for continuing to follow the Next Play!

Lots of love and God Bless,


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  1. God bless you!! Thanks for the reminder that God is always there for us so we need to take time for Him each day and Thank Him for all our blessings! Amen Alyssa I love to read your posts! Added bonus when you include pictures of your family!

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  2. I love reading your posts! So true! God is with us all the time, its just taking the time to reflect and listen and open our hearts to what He is saying. Amen! ☺And how many blessings we have!

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  3. Beautiful, Alyssa! God sure does work in wonderous ways especially through the innocence of a child! Being a wife and mom is hard work 24/7! I’m so happy you find quiet time for God! It helps to make everything better! 😊🙏🏻❤️

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  4. Alyssa, I love reading your blogs. You remind all of us that even though Jeff plays in the NFL that you are still you.
    You remind us that little moments mean a lot and that God always has a plan for all of us.
    My special time with God is when I lay my head down at night and I thank him for another day AND to please place his healing hands over the sick.
    Bless you for doing this blog.
    It keeps me in check with God.

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    1. I appreciate that so much!! That’s something I wanted to bring out in my blog. And yes you’re so right those little moments God shows us are just what we need to remind us how precious this life truly is. Thank you so much for following!! ❤️


  5. Hi Alyssa,

    You’re spot on about giving a bit of your day to God. I’ve noticed that only God gives me comfort, strength, peace, guidance, and happiness amid the recent chaos and stress I’ve been having because of my busy school schedule. Even though life can be crazy, I have the motto that, since He gave me life, He deserves quality time with me. So, I devote my mornings for God, reading the Bible and Catholic Life magazine, praying the rosary, and playing radio Christian music on my drive to school. All this gives me faith that all will be okay and turn out for the best because God is with me. And I’ll have to add Caleb and Kelsey’s rendition to my playlist. It is full of pure talent, even in its simplicity!

    It’s so nice to connect with others on the internet and share our journeys of faith. Thanks for letting your blog be an outlet for this.



    1. I love that motto you have! It’s so completely true. Our days can completely be turned around for the better when we take the time to be with God! Faith and prayer is SO powerful.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting Andrea!! 💗


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