Calling All SINKS & DINKS

This is a little shout-out to all my Single.Income.No.Kids and my Double.Income.No.Kids-type readers…(I’d love to hear from all the rest of you if you get inspired, but you maybe too tired to entertain my questions ;) !)

Lately, Joel and I have been pondering the idea of rest/sabbath/fun/recreation. After the summer we’ve had, we really do want to enjoy every moment of life that God chooses to give us!

We want to work hard when it’s time to work hard and play hard when it’s time for that. Yet, because of the nature of our job, often work spills over into “our down time”. And even as I type “our down time” I am reminded of the missionaries I’ve seen all over the world whom tirelessly and anti-Americanly give every waking second of every day to seek, savor and serve Christ…and I wonder if sometimes we think we are “entitled” to a little bit of laziness.

These thoughts often leave us scratching our heads on how to spend our free time. You know, that time after dinner, but before bedtime? Those Saturday and Sunday afternoons… Because, it’s way easier for Joel and me to vacillate between being workaholics or wasting our lives watching Law & Order, than for us to be intentional about our downtime.

Jesus said a lot about keeping the Sabbath day holy. He also said a lot about losing our lives for His namesake. I want to live somewhere in the balance of making my time count, yet resting in the perfect moments of Sabbath He created for us.

Joel and I have been trying to figure this out…

We are trying to come up with a few pastime options that will help us:

  • Reflect on Christ
  • Laugh
  • Be re-energized
  • Re-create beauty
  • Be a blessing to others
  • Help us hear the Holy Spirit’s voice more clearly
  • Help us to think on what’s right, pure, noble, lovely etc.

So…what do y’all do from dinnertime until bedtime?

How do you spend your weekends when you’re in town? What are your favorite hobbies?

6 thoughts on “Calling All SINKS & DINKS”

  1. I will answer as a DITK person – haha :) christopher and I were just talking about this – our time is a little shorter in the evenings but there still are a couple hours when its just us beFore bed – most of the time we end up either working on a project around the house together (fun for us!) or watching a movie (which makes me feel blah and lazy when we do that too much!). I WANT to start exercising some during that time – but we can’t go too far since there are 2 kids in bed. So I don’t know? We used to always go on walks together before kids – and still do as a family now if its not too late.

  2. Two things for me.

    1. Reading.
    2. Going for a long walk.

    TV consumes way too much of that time for me, unfortunately.

    Sunday afternoons are my downtime. Laundry, cook, clean, rest.

  3. Heiko and I often take evening walks during the week when there isn’t a lot of down-time. We also make it a priority to exercise together (it is so much more motivating to do it together!). On the weekends we take long bike rides, hike, and we often cook ourselves really nice dinners. I find this all to be very refreshing!

  4. tyler and i memorize choreographed dances together :) took us 2 hours of sweating and PLENTY of laughs but we totally dominated party rock anthem :) dance together. go to cool beans and play a game together. cloud watch on the horseshoe. create something together. go to barnes and noble and play the game “which of these journals describes me most” to see how well you know eachother! pick up one of those list books there where you ask eachother questions and KEEP getting to know eachother. build a tent in your living room. share secrets.

    ha these are just things we broke newlyweds do! love you kit!!

  5. We’ve been struggling through this WITH a kid! He goes down at 7, we seem to eat dinner too much in front of the tv and are just too tired to want to do anything else after watching something…so we have been trying to be intentional with our time as well and we are just stopping… and swinging on our porch…trying to play a game together, and go to bed at a decent time. It’s been helping us to be more focused and give that time to the Lord!

  6. I have recently been asking myself,
    “What takes my time?”

    Then a more helpful question becomes,
    “To what will I give my time?”

    There are certain things to which I refuse to give myself. I refuse to let TV take me where it wants me to go.

    I have found that most of the time the destination of my TV is NEVER worth the time I give it. It is normally a BAD investment.

    (The television is almost always running at work. It is almost never guiding or coaching or advising me at home.)

    When we were first married we had a small portable TV. When we moved into our first place the TV was placed way high up into a closet. When ever we wanted to watch something it had to be mega important. No one wants to dig it out since it was so much trouble.

    Is there anywhere you could burry your TV for 90 days and see what life is like

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