Worship in rhythm

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When it comes to the nitty-gritty . . . God has commanded us to refrain from grumbling about the dailiness of life.

 

Instead we are meant to accept it gratefully, as a reality that humbles us even as it give us cause for praise.

 

– Kathleen Norris, The Quotidian Mysteries

It’s Friday (again) and my house needs cleaning (again) and I don’t want to do it (again).

The rhythms of daily, weekly, over and over tasks can be soothing, but they can also feel mundane.

But if Jesus is my heartbeat and praise is my breath, the rhythms of my work and play are my worship. To see him in the vibrations of my Friday, my everyday, is to bring him pleasure.

When I depend on him for meaning, everything I do matters.
. . . because of why I do it and what it is transforming me into and who I am thinking about as I do it.

  • In dusting the family photos
  • In sweeping away our tracked-in dirt
  • In wiping the surfaces we wash clean in each morning

In these I find flow.
I can worship in rhythm.
I can worship with rhythm.

Instead of reviling the rhythms, I want to revel in them.
Oh, Jesus, be my rhythm.

So it’s Friday (again!) and I get to clean my house (again!) and I want to do it in, with, and for my Rhythm (again!).

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Taking 5 minutes to write about rhythm.

What routines in your week do you do with drudgery? What helps you find grace in them instead?

23 thoughts on “Worship in rhythm

  1. Hannah @ Simply Add Coffee

    Hi! I’m visiting from Five Minute Friday! Love this – it’s definitely something I needed to hear, the Lord has really been using a theme in my life lately of honoring Him through the little things – like dishes, laundry and serving my family, all things that have to happen over and over and over again. Trying to find a rhythm of honor.

    Thanks for sharing! Happy Friday – and happy cleaning 🙂

  2. blankLisa notes...

    It’s something I struggle with, too, but want to continue growing in…finding grace in those ordinary thing we have to repeat over and over. I hear your heart of wanting to find a “rhythm of honor”–that’s a beautiful way to put it.

  3. blankDawn St Amand Paoletta

    Instead of reviling the rhythms, I want to revel in them. Ooooh love this whole post. Thank you- because I am so learning this and I appreciate that you seem to have grasped it! Have you read Brother Lawrence? I haven’t yet but heard I might like some of what he shares…anyway wow on the new blog! Did you change yourself? Or did you have help? It looks great here, Lisa! See you for WOYN!

    1. blankLisa notes...

      Yes, yes, yes to Brother Lawrence! I re-read his book every few years because I need the reminder of how he found God everywhere and that I can do that too. Not everything in the book is relevant (to me) but there’s more than enough to make it a worthwhile read…and it’s short anyway.

      Thanks fpr your encouragement about my new blog look. 🙂 I switched from Blogger to WordPress on my own. Overall I’m glad I moved although there are a few things I miss.

      Yes, I will see you for WOYN. One of my favorites of the month.

  4. blankMia

    Dear Lisa
    If I remember correctly, you have read that book of Brother Lawrence where he talks about washing dishes for his love of God! Well, you sound just like him today!
    Much love XX
    Mia

  5. blankfloyd

    It’s easy to grumble about the mundane tasks in life… I’m guilty of it often… Thanks for the reminder that all things are done unto the Lord and it is a choice to revel instead of revile. Thanks, Lisa.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I understand about the ease of grumbling. Even after committing this very day to avoid it, I still caught myself several times doing it. But there remains grace for all of us, right? 🙂 Thankful for Him.

    1. blankLisa notes...

      Isn’t it a wonderful book? I’m glad to find a fellow admirer of it. It’s been over 5 years since I read it, but I kept a few quotes from it so I could retain some of its beauty, and that was one of them. Thanks for stopping by and brightening up my night.

  6. blankBarbie

    Thank you, Lisa, for stirring my heart today. “But if Jesus is my heartbeat and praise is my breath, the rhythms of my work and play are my worship.” Yes , this is worship, the mundaneness of life. Blessings!

  7. blankDebbie

    I loved when you wrote:
    “But if Jesus is my heartbeat and praise is my breath, the rhythms of my work and play are my worship. To see him in the vibrations of my Friday, my everyday, is to bring him pleasure.”

    It’s almost like poetry for the soul Lisa. Beautiful five minute Friday post.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

    1. blankLisa notes...

      Thanks, Debbie. I don’t do these FMF very often, but I always love to read what they bring out in everyone. Sometimes a similar theme; sometimes something different for everybody.
      Hope you’re having a great Arizona weekend!

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