Being a Mom of five children (ages “almost 11” to 2), my life is filled and busy. I am constantly performing household duties. . trying my best to do God’s will in my home by providing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of my little ones. By God’s grace, this duty, along with being a helper to my dear husband, is my high calling and my number one priority. In this busy season of life, I need to take every opportunity to allow God to refresh my soul and fill my cup to overflowing. . . . . . . .
Lately, the Lord has pressed upon my heart the importance of resting on Sunday. I must confess, my typical Sunday is usually much much busier than even the weekdays! I’ve been thinking lately, that this should not be the case. My heart and soul yearns for a deeper relationship with God, and I hope that by working harder on Saturday, by preparing and organizing the house, that I can truly rest on Sundays and focus on God even more.
This morning, I got up at 6:30, set the table for breakfast, got the children to the table to eat, ironed 2 dress shirts, 2 pairs of pants, made one dirty boy take a bath, cleaned up the kitchen, got David and Caleb dressed, checked emails, took a shower, got dressed, put on my make up, and got in the van to go to church. Once at church, we spent about 3 hours under the teaching and preaching of God’s word, and catching up with our dear brothers and sisters in Christ. On the way home, we stopped at the local grocery store to buy app. 100 dollars worth of groceries. I made the kids sandwiches, which we ate on the way home. Caleb fell asleep in his carseat. We arrived at home and I put the groceries away, and put the kids to bed. I checked emails while drinking a cup of coffee.
Then, I went to bed for about three hours. I read my book and slept.
Boy, did that feel good! After naps, Rich came in with his book, then here came Caleb. . . then Ethan came in to visit, then David came in, too. . . .we stayed right in bed, in one spot, and the kids liked it. . it was cozy.
We didn’t go to church tonight because the kids are getting over their colds. However, our typical routine on Sunday evenings involves 4:30 choir practice, in which I have to drive myself (church is a half hour drive). . .and then Rich joins me at church with the kids at 6 for the sermon. After Christmas was over, Rich and I prayerfully came to the decision that choir needed to be put on the back burner for a little while. We are hoping that this will help us slow down on Sundays. It’s a small sacrifice, but I hope that the extra hour will be used for God’s glory.
All this to say, one of my New Years Resolutions is to SLOW DOWN ON SUNDAYS in order to focus my mind on God. . . . . .
I found this quote on an internet site:
“Part of the Sabbath command reads, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work…” God tells us to take care of our ordinary work and concerns on the other six days, leaving our time and our minds free to properly worship and obey Him by observing the Sabbath. When we are free to focus our minds and thoughts on God’s way and purpose, the Sabbath truly becomes the blessing and delight God intends it to be (Isaiah 58:13, 14).”
Has Sunday been a blessing and a delight to me? Hmmmmmmmmmm
I’m not saying that I need to go off in the other extreme and form all kinds of new rules for myself. . .I’m just saying that some rest on Sundays will do my heart, soul, and mind a world of good. A lot of those things I mentioned that I did this morning could have been done yesterday.
Also, I plan to study my Bible for more information on the Sabbath. . . . . .I’m sure it will be a great study for my quiet times.
Will you pray for me in this area, please? I need God’s help and grace so much!
PS. The kids are eating the gingerbread house today.