Words like routine, consistency, and discipline can trigger different emotions in us. For some, they might bring up inadequacy and feeling like they are never doing “enough”. For others, they may be of a source of worthiness.
Consistency of life with the Lord should be the most freeing experience. As we are transformed by the Lord’s love and plans for our lives, developing a way of living that best supports and brings us into our purpose is vital. Whether this is prioritizing our health, loving our families well, or having the self-control to say no to that which is not aligning us with God’s will for our lives, it all begins with consistent daily routines.
Ways to Develop Routines in Your Life:
Start small! If you know that you want to get your health in order, create an evening routine that supports getting enough sleep. Once you have set this new habit, choose the next, and move forward from there. Trying to do it all at once could lead you to be overwhelmed. Remember that there is no shame in small beginnings.
Pair habits that are already in your routine with one that you are wanting to do more consistently. For example, brushing your teeth in the morning. Set out to meditate on a specific scripture while you brush. Your mind will associate them with one another, prompting you to repeat the next time you brush. Soon you’ll find your constantly speaking scripture over yourself at the bathroom counter.
Let Thankfulness Motivate You
As you set out for consistency in your days, thank God for how He has designed your mind to re-wire and develop. Remember that you are not stagnant to one way of living, and can always try new ways. Consistency with God brings peace of mind. It teaches our bodies how to live and function well. You were made for the freedom of healthy routines with God.
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