And as a result, we have found ourselves tired, crabby, impatient. We've become more and more unhealthy. And we always have this sense of kind of being disconnected.
So, we have begun trying to reconnect to the rhythms of life. This hasn't been a whole-sale thing, changing everything about our lifestyle all at once. Rather than that, it has been a slow unfolding of new ways to find routine and rest in life, adding additional puzzle pieces as we begin to feel passionately about them.
Over the past couple of years, we've incorporated these kinds of things into our lives:
With the arrival of the new year, I decided to participate again in the Daily Audio Bible. It's a daily podcast that reads through the Bible. I took a year or so off, but it feels good to make this a part of my morning routine again.
Common Prayer as our guide.
Because our kids are early risers (read: Calvin), their job is to bring coffee to Mom and Dad at 6:45. They all pile into our bed and we do the prayer liturgy and readings together. Then, by 7, we are up and at 'em, ready to show the world what we're made of. We do Evening Prayers around the table when we are done with dinner.
It's only been three days so far. Two week from now I may be embarrassed that I put this out there because we've given up. But for right now, we are loving bookending our days with a recognition that God is here, that there is more going on than we can see, and that we are in this thing together.