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4 Essential Rhythms

When we speak of Crafting a Rule of Life and walking in a well-ordered way, we believe first and foremost that we must develop rhythms of Scripture, Prayer and Reflection in our personal prayer closets. These foster a spaciousness which allows us to attentively listen to the Triune God who is at work in us. So, friends, are you practicing these means of grace on a regular basis? May it be so!

Equally important is another rhythm: sabbath. It is crucial that we understand and embrace the joy of Sabbath rest – as a day of the week, and as a lifestyle. Marva Dawn, Mark Buchanan, and others have written about Sabbath. And they outline several movements of Sabbath in this way:

1. We cease from what we normally do throughout the week.

2. We rest with the delight of the work we’ve accomplished.

3. We celebrate the life we enjoy in Christ.

4. We embrace the call of God on our lives to continually contribute to building up the Kingdom of God in all areas of life and service.

Take a few minutes today in prayerful reflection to consider how these rhythms are present in your life. If they are underdeveloped or inconsistent, how might God be inviting you to more fervently pursue these things? Blessings to you on the journey!

 

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SPIRITUAL PRACTICES IN SILENCE AND SOLITUDE

Each of us has much room to grow in the disciplines of silence and solitude. Below are a few suggested practices that might help you engage in more meaningful and regular rhythms in these means of grace. Blessings to you!

  • Set aside ten minutes each day for silence. Breathe deeply and become aware of God’s presence. Afterwards, journal about your experience.
  • Designate a “sacred space” in your home where you can retreat into silence and solitude.
  • Drive to work without talking on your phone or turning on the radio.
  • Spend an entire day without the use of technology (i.e. computer, iPhone, iPad).