Summer Rhythms

Summer is practically here – for me it kind of starts after Memorial Day – and I want to ease into some new rhythms this summer. I much prefer the idea of rhythms to routines. Rhythms are inviting and forgiving and I need lots of forgiveness! I thought posting here might help me take the time to clarify them in my mind:

  1. A decent bike ride at least once a week (decent being at least an hour) and by the end of summer, I’d like to be up to a 4-5 mile walk once a week.
  2. I want to get in the habit of taking 15-20 minutes on Sunday night to settle down and get my planner out and lay out my week a little bit.
  3. I’m at an in-between place when it comes to my Scripture reading. Finished (just about) with Colossians which I’ve been reading over the past few months. I’m thinking about just spending extra time in the passages related to the summer message series, which happens to be on the parable of the “prodigal” son. I loved the thought that God is a prodigal God, prodigal as in lavishly abundant; profuse. And I’m thinking about picking up one of the suggested (by my pastor) reading resources to go along with the series.
  4. I tend to plant tons of flowers and then fall off the watering wagon within a week or two. So this summer I want to spend a few minutes every morning watering stuff before I leave for work, and work on just enjoying that as part of the process!

So what about you? Are there any rhythms you’d like to embrace as part of your summer? If you leave a related comment, I would consider it a privilege to pray for you along those lines this summer.

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  1. I need to come up with a new rhythm for my Bible-reading and time with God. With both kids home — and both kids being early risers — it can be challenging to carve out that space. I definitely think rhythm instead of routine will be crucial here.

    I also want to do some “fun mom” stuff this summer — special projects, outings, activities, that I plan and surprise my kids with, that I know will delight or amuse them.

    I’ve had my eye on the Prodigal God book for a while…it’s finally made it to my Amazon “to get” list, but hasn’t quite gotten to the house yet. Too many books here are still unread!

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