I love to walk alongside the ocean squishing sand in my toes and watching the waves move in and roll back. The white foam dances around my feet, but soon it slips away. I love the sound of the waves as they roll in. It's so peaceful and soothing--the rhythm of the ocean.
When we listen to music, we enjoy the rhythm and patterns without realizing it. We are pulled into the magic of a melody that takes us to a new place, only to come back and do it all again.
I love God's pattern of spring to summer to autumn to winter and back to spring again.
There is something soothing about rhythms and patterns. Devotions times in the morning, walks before dinner, folding the laundry on Tuesday afternoons. They bring order to a chaotic world.
As the unexpected and surprising continually interrupts our dreams and plans, rhythms and patterns bring us a sense of well-being and security. They remind us of the faithfulness of God.
We can create rhythms and patterns in our own lives.
Here are some patterns you can establish for yourself:
Weekly Bubble Baths
Walking around the Block each Night before Dinner
Planting a Garden each Spring
Weekly or Monthly Dates with Husband
Walking the Dog each Morning
Set Aside Time to Read a Good Book Weekly
Going to Church Sunday Mornings
Here are some patterns you can establish for your family:
Going to church Sunday mornings
Daily Personal Quiet Times
Daily Family Devotions
Nightly Tuck-Ins with Stories & Prayers
Daily "Five Things" (make bed, brush teeth & hair, get dressed, clean room, and have Quiet Time)
Weekly Family Nights
Daily Dinners Together around the Table
Weekly Family Cleaning Times
Seasonal Family Projects
Hospitality once a month.
Routines bring security to us and our children. They form buffers against the turmoil of life, communicating that there are things that continue on, just like the sun rises each morning, displaying the beauty of our Heavenly Father.
As we establish our own little patterns, remember to stop in the midst of kissing your son good-night or working on a craft project with your daughter, to stop and soak it all in. Life goes by so fast and these ordinary days are the stuff of life, the treasures.
Take time to relax and enjoy the waves rolling in, the children making their beds, the walk around the block together. Soak it in so you can look back and remember these happy, peaceful times.
Have bright beautiful days--over and over again.
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