Falling into Rhythm

Rhythm has been a theme for me lately.  
It’s been amazing to see how it effects our family life.
We enjoy the spontaneous.
We also enjoy the days when there is nothing planned,
nothing on the agenda, no schedule to look at.
Summer has been much like that.
We have had planned events, but day to day was really more like,
“What should we do today?”
A new season is upon us now.  
We have begun our homeschooling this week.
We made up a weekly schedule for our family.
We started chore charts and Family Chore Time each day.
We have begun a new Family Devotion Time after Breakfast.
And there is freedom!
Our schedule does not define us.
We are not legalistic with it.
We do it because it creates Rhythm.
A natural flow of life that we don’t always have to think about,
or plan or try to figure out day after day.
This Rhythm includes work, play and rest.
It causes us to be more intentional about family time.
It helps us find balance in keeping our house in order, 
playing together, resting and getting work done.
We still have our days of no agenda, no real schedule.
We work hard to keep at least one day like that a week.
But overall this Rhythm of Life we choose to live as a family
brings less stress, more flexibility, more time together 
and a strong feeling of peace.
There is safety and security in if for the kids. 
It’s amazing to see how they thrive with a schedule,
especially when they are a part of the weekly planning.
So I am reminded of how freeing a little order can be.
I know what is on the schedule for today already.
I know what is for dinner.  I know what chores need to be done today.
And even if the day does not go as planned, that is ok.
We can start over tomorrow.
Praise the Lord!

May I be…

Jerusalem By Dora Ficher
“Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets 
and stone those sent to you,
 how often I have longed to gather your children together,
as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, 
but you were not willing.
Look, your house is left to you desolate.
 I tell you, you will not see me again until you say,
‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'”
Luke 13: 34-35
This morning I was drawn to this passage.
There is something deep within me that resonated with it.
I love the image of a Jesus gathering his children 
out of love and protection.
But that is not what took hold in me today.
How often do I welcome the one who come in the name of the Lord?
I do welcome the Lord into my life daily.
Blessed be Jesus! Absolutely!
But, how often do I welcome, love, care for and bless those 
Jesus sends my way?
Do I kill the “prophets” and “stone” those who He sends to me
with my lack of awareness, my daily battles, frustrations 
and self-centeredness?
Life is busy.  There is always a To Do List on my desk.
I am chasing after 2 kiddos, trying to spend time with friends,
trying to keep in touch with family, trying to keep my house in order…
I really don’t think I have to go on.  
You get it, right?
Busy. Busy. Busy.
I am praying for forgiveness today,
for those I have overlooked,
those God has sent my way to bless and honor and serve.
And I pray this morning for new eyes and new ears,
to slow down and refocus,
to be open for people of peace in my life.
This life is too short and too fast to worry about my To Do Lists.
I want to focus on the hearts of those around me.
There is joy to be found in this hard world,
Joy, Peace, Love and Grace.
May I be a part of the world’s healing this day.
Amen.

Summertime Rhythm

Hi everyone!  
Happy Summer!
I have missed writing.
Brian is working on a new website/blog for me,
and I admit, I have been waiting for it to be done.
He keeps reminding me that I do still have this blog.
So, I thought I would write a bit today.
I love summer.
It’s been busy, wacky, exhausting and a super fun one so far.
Summer definitely has it’s own rhythm.
It’s amazing how much a creature of habit I am.
I love routine.  I love rhythm.
Summer always teaches me a lesson in control.
I love to have control.
But during the Summer, I often do not.
Well, if I am honest, I don’t much during the rest of the year either!
But the “school-year” does have a more rhythmic rhythm,
 if that makes sense.
It can be stressful to me, 
but I am reminding myself to relax a bit.
As a family, we still pay attention to our calendar.
It’s important to us that we don’t overextend ourselves 
and burn out the kids (and us).
It’s easy to do.
And personally, 
I am working hard to pay attention to my UP relationship with Jesus.
It’s important to me that I do not neglect it 
and allow Summer’s own rhythm to take over.
Again, it’s easy to do.
Life does not really slow down.
Only we slow down, when we choose to.
It’s a discipline.
It’s an essential discipline and one that fills me with energy and joy.
Spending time with the Lord is not an option to me.
I just can not function fully if I am not connected to the Vine.
I wither and I do not bear fruit.
Jesus warns us and yet so easy it is to try to bear fruit on our own.
Then we wonder why we feel so stressed, exhausted and out of control.
I am reminded of this today,
as I have not been very good with my UP time this past week.
My heart yearns for it.  I miss it when it is not there.
It’s my lifeline.
He is my life.
Today I am thankful for Summertime
and it’s wacky, fun rhythm.
And I am thankful for my God, who is with me always
and welcomes me back when I stray.
I am enjoying summer this year.
It always goes by so fast, but I am enjoying every moment;
being with my family and abiding with my Savior.
I pray you are enjoying it all too!
Find that discipline, receive that joy and bear much fruit dear friends!
Bear much fruit!
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you.  
No branch can bear fruit by itself; 
it must remain in the vine.  
Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. 
If you remain in me and I in you,
you will bear much fruit;
apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15: 4-5

The Story

My family loves this Bible.
I love how it depicts The Story of this Holy Weekend.
So, I thought I would share.
“Even though it was midday,
a dreadful darkness covered the face of the world.
The sun could not shine.
The earth trembled and quaked.  
The great mountains shook.
Rocks split in two.
Until it seemed that the whole world would break.
That creation itself would tear apart.
The full force of the storm of God’s fierce anger at sin was coming down.
On his own Son.
Instead of His people.
It was the only way God could destroy sin,
and not destroy his children whose hearts were filled with sin.
Then Jesus shouted out in a loud voice, “it is finished.!”
And it was.
He had done it.
Jesus has rescued the whole world.
“Father!”  Jesus cried.  “I give you my life.”
And with a great sigh he let himself die.
Strange clouds and shadows filled the sky.  
Purple, orange, black.
Like a bruise.”
Zachary’s picture of Jesus on the Cross.
Priceless.

renew


Loved this logo.  Borrowed it from St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Greenville, SC
It was their VBS theme in 2011.  
I have found myself in a process of renewal these past couple of months, 
in several areas of my life.
I looked up the greek/hebrew meaning this morning
from the Bible Study I am doing.
Found it interesting.
Greek / Hebrew Definition
renew
Transliteration: ḥālap
Phonetic Pronunciation:khaw-laf’
Definition:
a primitive root; properly to slide by, i.e. (by implication) to hastenaway, pass on, spring up, pierce or change :- abolish, alter, change, cut off, go on forward, grow up, be over, pass (away, on, through), renew, sprout, strike through.


Can’t really say it better than that.
I have simply been hearing God’s voice to embrace simplicity.
That word has a life of it’s own, really.
I think this word can have a slightly different meaning for every person.
I am working on sharing what it means to me in a new website/blog format.
Brian and I are working on it.
That is the biggest reason I have not written here lately.

Using words from the definition;
I have found a deep desire to spring up, change, alter, cut off, 
go on forward, be over, strike through
and renew my heart, my faith and my way of life.

So, I will be back, writing and sharing.
For now I am creating, exploring and renewing.
can’t wait to share it all with you.
Thanks for allowing me to!


Do you not know?Have you not heard?Yahweh is the everlasting God,the Creator of the whole earth.He never grows faint or weary;there is no limit to His understanding. He gives strength to the wearyand strengthens the powerless.Youths may faint and grow weary,and young men stumble and fall,but those who trust in the Lordwill renew their strength;they will soar on wings like eagles;they will run and not grow weary;they will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31