Summer naturally is a time when we all let go of any sense of routine that we might have and let things slide. Cooking, cleaning, academics, sports and so many other things aren’t quite so pressing. But as summer has come to an end, I’ve found myself and many of my friends declaring how desperate we all are to get into some sort of rhythm. We’ve been back in school for nearly a month now, and I find myself waking up every day wondering if this is going to be the day, the week, the month that we finally find some sense of routine?
It finally dawned on me that it’s not going to happen.
Rhythm is defined “as the movement or procedure with uniform or patterned recurrence of a beat, accent, or the like.” To be honest, most of the time my life sounds like the wonky beat of some strange jazz song. While there is a basic routine to our days: we wake up, eat breakfast, head off to school, come home etc etc, there is so much that happens within each of those moments that can throw off even the closest resemblance to a pattern.
And I realized this week, that in my striving for some sort of rhythm, I am the one creating the wonky beat.
As I try to move my family within this beat that I’m trying to set, I’m not allowing their beats to sound.
So, this week as Monday dawns and a new week approaches, I am not going to strive for a rhythm to our days; I am going to strive for balance. Like a metronome that sounds a repeated back and forth, consistent, dependable, available note.
But it’s not going to be me setting that note or me trying to create anything.
It’s going to be the constant balance of me relinquishing every moment to Him.
The consistent sound of me laying every second down before Him.
I’m going to strive for nothing more than resting in the comfort that
He is in control and He is going to hit that balance
back and forth, back and forth and never miss.
I’m going to pray that the rhythm,
the balance in my life is nothing more than His refrain.
by aimee, living a constant pursuit towards the One who knows me bestLeave a Comment
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Linda Stoll says
What a super post!
The whole challenge of life balance is huge for us in our roles as ministry leaders, workers inside or outside of the home, family members, friends, etc.. No matter what our age or marital status, so much pulls at us and demands our attention! It’s so easy to be coerced by the urgency of the moment and our huge list of things to do into a lopsided, unhealthy, overwhelmed lifestyle, leaving little time for the relationships and experiences that feed our souls.
In order to run this marathon well, we’ve got to keep in mind what the flight attendants tell us to do at the beginning of each flight … if that oxygen mask drops down, we need to tend to ourselves before we start taking care of those we love around us.
Jesus modeled that for us. The crowds were pressing in, the needs were endless and non-stop, but He knew when it was time to move away, to get in a boat, to head up to a mountain, to spend time in solitude or in the company of those dearest to Him. I love that we get those peaks into His private life in the Gospels.
So, yes, as a pastoral counselor/life coach/wife/mom/grandma of 6/friend, I see this as an urgent issue and will keep championing it and writing about it … and try to live it, too!
Lots and lots on life balance here –
Amy Hunt says
Amen, sister! Amen! I had to live in the disbelief of all of that–thinking I must be superwoman because I can (up to a point)–until I Saw the Truth.
Amy Hunt says
First of all, I just love the word “wonky.” It’s just so appropriate. 🙂
Secondly, this is such a solid choice that honors Him to the core.
I often try to find that perfect rhythm, too–not too many activities…make sure we involve play time and rest time..eat veggies…family time…reading time…early to bed…–and yet, life happens and we *whirl and twirl* among it. When we live with a desire to honor Him, it’s the cadence of our steps–our breath for Him–that is worship, and like an acrobat artistically balancing the wire we’re balancing life with Him in our laser focus.
Rich blessings as He leads you to honoring Him in all you do, Aimee.
Doris s. says
Thank you for this thought or thoughts!!
Heidi White says
Thank you for the precious post, daisy eyes (that’s a cute name!). The Lord is our rhythm, our constant, and our lives beat to His heart. You are a wise mama with a gift to share! I checked out your blog and its lovely – I look forward to following you! Thank you for sharing your insight and calling. God bless you.
Susan Hill says
Incredible! Yeah, keeping a particular rhythm isn’t always easy in a house that has autism in it, but balance?…that’s exactly what we need. Handing it all back to Him…every minute…over and over. I needed this. Thanks…
Beth Williams says
Incredible insight! We should ask God what rhythm He has for us and follow Him not our whacko crazy rhythms.
Thanks for a great post~!
Betty Draper says
Great post….I need to listen for the rhythm God has for me during this phase of our journey. Thanks
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