03 Nov 2015 Everyday Rhythm
There is a charge given in Deuteronomy to talk about God all the time in your families. You can create an everyday faith in the life of your family by building in intentional time in your family’s rhythm to connect.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”- Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (emphasis added)
What do you mean by everyday rhythm?
In the book Think Orange, author Reggie Joiner encourages families to rethink how they approach meal time, traveling time, bed time, and morning time. See his description below.
- Eating Family Meals Together– Is an optimal time to have a focused discussion. It gives parents a specific time to assume the role of a facilitator or teacher to target a specific truth in an interactive and relational context. Mealtime can be effective as an environment to establish core principles.
- Walking or Traveling Together– Seems to provide a unique opportunity as well. It is a convenient time to stimulate the kind of informal dialogue that allows kids to drive their own agendas. These times give parents an opportunity to build a relationship through nonthreatening experiences. At some level the parent can actually function as a friend or companion and interpret life together with their children.
- Tucking Children into Bed– Can also be a meaningful time for families. Too many parents miss the potential of this time because they have a habit of sending their kids to bed rather than taking them. There is something about the private domain of a child’s room that gives the parent a chance to have an intimate conversation and become the kind of counselor who listens to the heart of a child.
- Getting Up- Provides a blank page for the family to start fresh relationally. Whether you eat breakfast together or just interact for a brief moment, morning has the potential of planting an important emotional seed in the heart of a child. Just a few encouraging words carefully spoken or written can give your children a sense of value and instill purpose. Imagine parents as coaches, sending their kids into an important game. Parents should ask themselves the question, ‘what can I say or do to give them fuel for dealing with whatever they have to face today’?