We’ve been talking, in our home, about schedules and routines and the changes that summer brings.
Our energy levels, attitudes, expectations have all changed as we enjoy these warmer days and later nights.
But with all the talk of externals, my heart remembers what is inside. As we focus on the rhythm of our days, I don’t want to forget the rhythm of our lives.
Developing good habits, forming right expectations — is necessary, beneficial, and good. But more than anything, I want us to stretch and grow the muscles of love and grace and patience and joy. I want gratitude to be our native tongue and generosity to be the inclination of our hearts.
I know I can’t become that on my own, nor can I develop those qualities in my children. These are characteristics that can’t be forced by me or become innate because we are always trying harder. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control is the fruit born of the Spirit.
Only by the Spirit working in me, working in them, can we slide into the unforced rhythms of grace.
So together, we will learn to lean hard into the One who pours out grace and completes the work that He has begun in us so that the rhythm of our lives beats Jesus, each cadence, more of Him.
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