Life is all about rhythms. Whether its work, school, family or other life activities there is a cadence to life that we cannot deny. Some people function on a planed out schedule. (Hand raised) While others live a little less scheduled lives. Either way, there are rhythms to life. I want to share a little about daily rhythms, goals, etc. with you all. Hopefully this will be of some encouragement to you all in the midst of full days.
This begs the question… What ARE my rhythms? With my oldest just turning two and my baby only five months old one might laugh and ask how I have any rhythms… While this is true there are some things that have to happen everyday. In a busy season I have to step back and make sure my goals and rhythms are realistic.
Some days this is the only thing that we can count on in a full 24 hour period. I began to ask myself how I could make the most of these moments. So, here are some of my solutions.
We pray together at meals. Modeling this discipline is so good for our boys and good for my heart to stop and acknowledge the Lord’s presence.
When we eat breakfast. The boys and I listen to my daily Bible via the YouVersion App. Yes, it READS the BIBLE to you.
When we eat lunch Bruce and I work on Key Themes of the Bible.
When we eat supper we enjoy conversation with each other.
We also try to use meals to meet with people and share life. That covers our meal times.
When we play we practice sharing, role play about good behavior, and find joy together.
We play with friends of all ages. Sharing in others lives gives us teachable moments and opportunities to speak truth and receive encouragement.
Part of our play is reading. As much as my boys love reading, we want to encourage this great habit and fruitful love. One rhythm is reading our Jesus Storybook Bible. If you need a great baby gift (Thanks Jami!) purchase this Deluxe Edition it comes with narrated CDs. They are fantastic. As much as my boys need to be hearing these stories that whisper Jesus’ name, their mama needs it too!
Sometimes more than others. Let’s just get that out there! It’s a mom-win in my book when BOTH boys are down for afternoon nap time. Hey, its real life. We read our Jesus Storybook Bible, pray and sing a song, or two. This is our rest time rhythm.
I’m seeking to teach my boys that we need to rest. We cannot be caught up in constant doing. Their little bodies need the rest, but its a deep spiritual reminder for their mama. A reminder to put my full weight in Jesus and what He has done for us. A reminder that He restores us.
This seems simple. That’s the point. Connect meaningful things to the routines already present in your life. These will be different with the seasons and life stages that you find yourself in but seek fruitfulness in the mundane. Look for His glorious presence.