Urban Missions and Sustainable Rhythms

I feel good.

Better than I have in a long time.

And it’s the routines,

The rhythms of sustainability that have brought me into this spaciousness,

Where the boundary lines are set in pleasant places.

I walk every day.

Take my vitamins.

Learning to drink more water.

I rise before dawn, nestle into my prayer chair. Journal, read, pray for a couple hours before my day begins.

Most days I’m in bed at the crack of 9:15, just after our household evening prayers.

Kirk and I have a “family meeting” weekly. Just the two of us, checking in with each other and talking about life and ministry.

Followed up with a date night. We still hold hands. :o)

I take two days off a week. Back to back. A proper weekend.

Consisting of a day of preparation and a sabbath.

I bake and do felting.

Working quietly with my hands.

Sounds a bit rigid, routinized.

But is allowing me more freedom than I could ever have imagined.

Carving space to allow my soul to be nurtured and prosper.

I can breathe now.

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)


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