Rhythm of Life – Walking with God with the Church

I had the privilege of reading this great post recently at From Eden to Zion, where the author speaks to his rhythm of life that he commits to as a bare minimum to interact with the body of Christ. You can read the article here.

He also mentions here how he incorporates rhythm in his daily life – his daily rhythm.

For his weekly rhythm he said, “My weekly church rhythm mirrors the following verse from Acts 2:42 – “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.””

He intentionally builds these aspects into his weekly rhythm and into his interactions with the body:

“I know many of you probably would like to ideally see these four things happen in your life by accident as you value them more but I’ve found, for myself, if I commit four time periods to these elements every week, they actually happen pretty much every week. In the past, when I committed myself to these things but refused to design them into my rhythm (hoping they would “just happen”) I would look back at months where they just didn’t happen.”

The intentional building relationship into his life and ministry is so interesting … I am trying to work out balance in my own life!

What you might find missing are leadership meetings, worship services etc. which are a part of my monthly rhythm but not weekly.

What I like about this is that he has specific things that he has designated to be done and specific times. Reading his post about his daily rhythms is also interesting as well.

I also like what he said shows us what we are committed to

I love comparing rhythms instead of mission statements because what we do in a week better demonstrates what we are actually committed to.

Makes me wonder what I am committed to!

I will echo his question at the end – I commented at the end of his blog, but I don’t think I answered it!

Read the articles, post a comment on his blog, but come back here and discuss:

What elements are a part of your weekly rhythm with other disciples? How do you engage in these areas? How have you determined what elements are essential to do every week?

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13 Responses

  1. This is really insightful! I am in need of balance right now and I just can’t seem to find it. I have such a busy agenda all week long which includes church meetings and family obligations and my days all just seem to blur together. I’m still trying to find my stride. This could really help.

    • Hi April! Welcome to the Hand Of God!

      Yeah – balance is the right word! It is a struggle! This concept of finding your rhythm is something I want to explore myself!

      Lord, I pray that April (AND ME! 😉 ) find our rhythms in you!

      I hope that this helps you in your pursuit of balance – it has helped me somewhat, when I stick to it 😉 Devotional Sites for Busy People.

      Again, welcome, and I hope to see you here again!

  2. Thanks for the link and great thoughts – here is my comment to both of you posts –

    A lovely post and I agree with it… except – what about us Christians who don’t have a church? Who don’t have fellowship? Who don’t have anyone with whom to share meals and prayer?
    Who live in those places in the world where being a Christian is a solo walk with God?
    My Sunday means spending more time on the internet – updating my own websites and reading more Christian blogs.
    You are so luck!
    But God knows and holds us solo-Christians close to His heart and gives us His great gift of faith.
    God bless you and thank you for a great website!
    Jonie

    • What about us Christians who don’t have a church? Who don’t have fellowship? Who don’t have anyone with whom to share meals and prayer?

      Who live in those places in the world where being a Christian is a solo walk with God?

      I was going to wax poetic about the powerful connections with the Body of Christ that I received since blogging and deliberately chatting and making relationships with others online, but you made it for me….

      My Sunday means spending more time on the internet – updating my own websites and reading more Christian blogs.

      Jonie, I’m encouraging you in your pursuit of meaningful, REAL relationship with the Body of Christ – remember, YOU are the church, and ‘where 2 or 3 are gathered (never said where – cyberspace is just as valid a place as any!) then Christ is in the midst!

      If you take a read through the testimonies on my blog, you will see where God has connected parts of his body via the internet in powerful ways through prayer and relationship. I am encouraging you, my dear – the Body welcomes YOU!!!!

      But God knows and holds us solo-Christians close to His heart and gives us His great gift of faith.

      Well, you may not have a physical assembly to meet, but you can meet with believers, fellowship with them and even see God’s power while in prayer and worship with them! Check out some of my posts:Salvation Testimony, Laying on of Hands – Online Style!, and this one that I think goes straight to the heart of what you are crying for – Divine Connections.

      Maybe this blog can be a divine connection for you?

      God bless you and thank you for a great website!
      Jonie

      Thank you for visiting, and all glory to God for the website!
      (Wow this reply is just as long as a blog post!) 😆

  3. Thanks for your long and loving reply, dear brother in Christ!
    This blog is definitely a divine connection!!
    I have just read your “Divine Connections” and can only say a big “Amen”!

    – Let us be free to explore different forms of community, different shapes for our local expression of the Body of Christ, but without losing the power of relationship. Let us explore the divine connections formed and forming in our lives. Let us see what God is weaving together from these different strings to ultimately display the majestic tapestry of his divine purpose! Let us also be free from fear of ‘missing it’ because the shape is not what we expect; God’s will is for us to have faith in the fact that HE is building his church, and obey his leadings concerning our part in it. –

    Searching for fellowship God lead me to the internet and opened my eyes to the wonderful opportunities here! I have met a few Christians and am very grateful for the encouragement and love I receive from them. It’s amazing how we are being drawn together from all over the world!
    But actually my aim is outreach – I long to help people who are searching, who are lonely, who perhaps are housebound or living with fear or illness.
    I believe there are millions of people who’s heart our Father is touching, but for some reason or other can’t go to a church or find a church. These people are on my heart, and these people are the reason for my websites.
    Thanks again for your kind words!
    God bless you and your ministry!
    Jonie

    • Searching for fellowship God lead me to the internet and opened my eyes to the wonderful opportunities here! I have met a few Christians and am very grateful for the encouragement and love I receive from them. It’s amazing how we are being drawn together from all over the world!

      Yeah, SO amazing!!!!!!!

      But actually my aim is outreach – I long to help people who are searching, who are lonely, who perhaps are housebound or living with fear or illness.
      I believe there are millions of people who’s heart our Father is touching, but for some reason or other can’t go to a church or find a church. These people are on my heart, and these people are the reason for my websites.

      Well your websites are beautiful…. and so is your heart. You are a minister in your own right! I pray that God touches your heart with divine compassion, which just doesn’t feel for those in need, but extends God’s kingdom through the power of God to touch those who need it!

  4. Thank you!
    There are no coincidences – there’s a reason for God leading me to your website – we pray and wait on Him and we’ll see the exciting things He is doing!!
    God bless you!
    Jonie

  5. I don’t have time to read the extra links right now Rob – perhaps later today. I am very interested, as I am both wanting to continue the rhythms of my life, and develop more meaningful (and obedient) rhythms in others.

  6. Great site..I found you through the comment you left over in my world earlier…look forward to reading more

    • Welcome, Joseph 🙂 Hope to see you more here, too!

  7. And I’m here too – like Annie, time starved at this instance, but I hope to come back

    See, I do visit (just usually via RSS)

    • Hey David! 🙂 Awesome thing, RSS…. lol That’s how I follow Tam’s blog, too 😉

  8. Yeah, I’m having trouble finding balance too! I think I get it for a while and then something new is added and i have to figure it out all over again. I think God has taught me balance for the most part with my family. I pretty much try to devote the evenings to them. But I am still working on how to balance my day, writing and corresponding with all of the amazing people I’ve met on the internet. It always seems like there is more to do than I have time for. I think I am anxiously stepping out ahead of God instead of waiting to see what He wants me to do each day and who He wants me to correspond with.

    Great post! Certainly seems to be an issue for lots of Christians!

    Love, jen

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