I’m finding that maintaining a stable and purposeful life tends to be best accomplished when habits have been formed.

Habits that, over time, bring me closer to God, prepare my mind for daily engagement, and keep my body in good shape.

In some circles, this is called a “rule of life”.  The practice of these habits rule out the direction one takes.  Making the next step somewhat predictable helps when the scenery changes around us.  That’s the way I’m feeling right now.

I regularly arise in the middle of the night to journal, pray and read the Bible.  As well, I may read magazines and books.  Then in the early morning I ride an exercise bike for five miles while stretching.  Some of that stretching is reaching to the sky and asking God to speak to me.  I write out my weekly meal schedule and attempt to stick to it.  I aim for evening rest to begin by around 11:00 pm.  At work I hold weekly staff meetings and try to touch base with certain people throughout the week (lately I have one older lady who also contacts me weekly if I haven’t contacted her!!).

These are a few of my rules of life that keep me sane.  I find that out of these habits tends to arise a freedom to be creative.  What are the things in your life that give you a sense of order and sanity?