inspired by girl talk (a blog by carolyn mahaney and her daughters), proverbs 31 and several older women i respect, i make an effort to rise each morning 1-2 hours before the kids do. this, by far, has been my single best practice in motherhood.
rising early allows me to pray, read scripture, think through the day for a bit and get a head start on housework before anyone else is awake. i usually try to have breakfast and lunch made before everyone else gets up, and i usually start laundry and get other various housework done.
i usually try to spend about 15 or 20 minutes praying and reading God's Word (this is much less time than i would prefer, but a reality at this current life stage). after that, to keep my heart focused on God, I will listen to a sermon as I get things done around the house. often times, i will go to desiring God and look up a sermon on the passage of the bible that i just read. if not that, then i usually listen to a mark driscoll sermon.
as a side note: i most definitely do not do this every morning! i am a realist and i know that its not always possible. when i am too tired, i sleep in. i know that God made me to need sleep and I humbly submit to that. but i pray for His grace to wake me up early, and he often answers that prayer. I give him the praise and glory for making that possible.