Love the Lord your God with all your soul.

Rhythms of saying “yes” and saying “no” to help you stay emotionally healthy and in tune to the inner life of your soul.

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Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not
forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your
heart all the days of your life.

Deuteronomy 4:9

Spiritual neutrality is a myth; we are always being formed. We must foster and protect our souls, for it is our soul that drives the core of who we are. Our actions, emotions, and will are all formed by what we choose to say “yes” and “no” to in our lives.

Say “YES” to:

Silence Taking time for intentional silence and stillness is one of the best ways to slow down the frenetic pace of life and become aware of the inner life of our soul. In silence, be still, slow down, and ask God to reveal and to heal. Distractions will be the hardest part of developing this practice, but don’t get discouraged, keep it up. Start small, even 5 or 10 minutes a day is a great way to begin.

Journaling Keep a written record about your daily events, how you felt about them and what God is saying to you in the midst of them. Convey your external or internal happenings, or both. Reflect on what God has to say about them. How does His perspective and guidance affect your daily journey?

Confession Confessing our sins to God and to others we trust brings freedom and healing. Consider finding a rhythm of doing this regularly. Perhaps make it part of your evening prayer time with God, and part of your rhythm with a trusted small group of friends.

Say “NO” to:

Screens after/before a designated time Let your devices go to sleep before you do and set aside morning time to embrace the day and the Lord without engaging tech.

Unhealthy/Useless Content Helpful question: How is the show I am about to watch forming me? Do I need to limit this type of content? You know what they say, “Garbage in, garbage out!”

Tracking the endless news cycle Set a time limit on how much news you consume. Also, consider narrowing your consumption down to a few trusted sources.

Reach Rhythm:

Want to go deeper? Consider adding a Reach Rhythm to your rhythm of life for a season. Reach Rhythms go beyond your routine to grow your walk with Jesus even more.

Create my rhythm of life

Once you have explored all the categories - heart, soul, mind, strength, neighbor - get started by creating your own rhythm of life.

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What is running your life at any given moment is your soul. Not external circumstances, not
your thoughts, not your intentions, not even your feelings, but your soul... If your soul is healthy, no
external circumstance can destroy your life. If your soul is unhealthy, no external circumstance
can redeem your life.

Dallas Willard