Got Rhythm?

Family TimeGuest Writer: Kris Howell

Every family has a rhythm. A family’s rhythm can be defined simply as to how we organize our time. Understanding your family’s rhythm is critical for it actually shapes your values. Things that become part of the daily rhythm are the things our families will come to believe are most important.

The scriptures speak clearly about the rhythm of our families:

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.” – Deut. 6

God desires for the rhythm of our families to be arranged around Him. Every moment is an opportunity to declare God’s faithfulness in our lives and to impress His truths into the hearts of our kids. God didn’t intend to be a small refrain in our weekly schedule. Rather He is to be the reoccurring beat that our lives are centered around.

So the question we ask ourselves is “What is the rhythm of our family?” Or better yet, “How normal is God in our home?” As we switch into summer mode we experience a natural shift in our family’s rhythm. This is a perfect opportunity to reassess and make space for God in our daily lives.

There are some wonderful resources out there that make “impressing faith” more effective, attainable, and fun! Some of my current favorites are:

Instant Family Devotions: 52 Bible Discussions for Anytime, Anywhere Use by Mike Nappa and Jill Wuellner.

52 Creative Family Time Experiences: Fun Ways To Bring Faith Home by Timothy Smith.

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young.

If you are going to impress these truths in the hearts of your children, you will have to be more deliberate about creating a rhythm within your home. It’s not a matter of adding more to your schedule but about maximizing the moments you already have.

Grace be with you,

*each of these resources can be found on Amazon for about $10 or less.


4 thoughts on “Got Rhythm?

  1. Very good Kris. This is great for grandparents as well. My dad was a wonderful grand dad to my kids because he kept a steady rhythm of calm, sage advice and loving interaction and time spent with my kids as he did with me. He was always there like clockwork at basketball and football practices, music events and church.

  2. The young adults who (still) live in our home may disagree with you:). In the past few years, we have heard such pleadings as, “Can’t we ever have a conversation that does not involve God?” You can guess what may have brought on said conversations. I think we (slightly:) over-the-hill parents have finally realized that, at this stage, our actions must speak much louder than our words. We will pray to and trust in God, that the planted seeds will bear fruit.

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