No matter what you do, Sundays can become rather chaotic whether you have a large household or just a few. I've been there!! Ever found yourself frantically looking for that belt, or sock, while braiding hair as you gave instructions to another child?
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but a church on the one road that goes through my town.
Today I thought I'd give a few tips I've learned over the years while raising seven children and trying to be ready when my husband says, "It's time to go!!"
Otherwise, in my house, we hear words like these as the tyranny of the urgent rules!!
- "Mommy, where's my belt?"
- "Has anyone seen my Bible?!"
- "What?! The van's on empty?!"
- "Mommy, there's cat hair on my black pants!!"
- "Mommy, the baby spit up on her pretty dress!!"
I think it is important to God that we set aside Sunday as the most special day of the week. After all, God set the example when he rested after creating the universe.
"And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."
~ Exodus 20:8~
There are many things I have done over the years to make Sunday special, but overall, keeping it simple makes the day easiest for everyone,
- Start on Monday preparing for Sunday :-) Do all the laundry from Saturday and Sunday. I rarely do laundry on Sunday. Not a 'legalistic law' just why should I do the wash when there is always Monday?! When the children were little (where many of you are now) I hung all the dress clothes needing to be ironed where I ironed, after washing them. It was impossible to keep up with ironing (I know, some of you don't iron) so I would 'catch up on a Saturday night (foolish, I know) about once a month. Then, for several years, one of my daughters ironed all the dress clothes(delegate, delegate, delegate), and now I do the ironing. If it isn't ironed, it doesn't get worn on Sunday!!
- Saturday preparations for Sunday: Years and years ago, women used to prepare their Sunday roast on Saturday. I've heard that this is what my Gramma Watson used to do. I like having a nice Sunday dinner but after a long week of homeschooling, I was usually exhausted. Coming home and making that big meal wasn't easy. I like what I do now. Doesn't it just take years to get it all figured out?! I make Sunday dinner on Saturday morning. It is part of my Saturday routine that really goes a long way at making it possible for me to relax on the Lord's Day. Every Sunday, we have a church pot luck. Such a blessing!! The food is delish and the fellowship is even better!!
- Setting out your children's clothes on Saturday: I set their clothes out on Saturday. I hung pants, dress shirt, undershirt, underpants, socks, and belt on the same hanger for each boy. For the girls I hung her dress, slip, undershirt, underpants, socks or tights, and whatever else she would need. Thinking out what was needed ahead of time eliminated the frantic scenario of "Mommy!! Where'd YOU put my belt?!"
These are just a few of the things that you can do to make Sunday Special. God's desire for us is to keep Sunday holy. I think he has our 'good' in mind as this gives me the opportunity to rest more than I do on any other day of the week.
Do you prepare for Sunday on Sunday like I once did?? Or do you start preparing before Sunday so you can enjoy your family and rest as God intended??
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