Practical Preparations for a Peaceful Sunday Morning

Getting a little one(s) out the door and at church on time isn’t always easy but there are a few things that if I’m diligent to do them Saturday night make Sunday mornings both relaxing and gets my family to church on time.

  1. Tidy up the house. I don’t mean deep clean or anything but if we can wake up Sunday morning to a clean kitchen and the place generally picked up it takes the stress level down a whole bunch getting ready the next morning.
  2. Have an easy to prepare and clean up dinner Saturday night.
  3. plan breakfast for the morning. We do simple breakfasts on Sundays, cereal, oatmeal etc.
  4. lay out everyone clothes including shoes. For some reason little ones shoes seem to disappear just as we are getting ready to head out…
  5. Pack the diaper bag including quiet time church activities for the kids and mom and dad’s Bible’s, hymnals etc.
  6. If your church eats lunch together like ours does, do as much prep work Saturday night as possible. I like casseroles and desserts like cakes or cookies the best because they can be entirely prepared Saturday night and just heated up Sunday. Even if you eat at home, planning and doing as much food prep as you can the night before will get a hungry family fed faster.
  7. If the children can be bathed at night instead of in the morning that’s one less ┬áthing you have to do.
  8. check to see how much gas is in your car and either fill up or allot enough time the next morning for a stop.

Something that I have not been doing but would like to implement is a Saturday night devotional time. Both to prepare my heart and the hearts of my children to learn from the Word in the morning and also do have some practice time sitting down for my 2 year old.

What are your tips and suggestions for a relaxing and on time Sunday morning?

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2015 Thankful list

We had our Thanksgiving celebration today (the day after Thanksgiving) and to mark the occasion I want to take some time to sit down and reflect on all the things God has blessed me with. So here’s a list of thanksgiving in no particular order.

  1. my husband
  2. my daughter
  3. a baby boy born this year
  4. my baby boy in heaven
  5. our home
  6. an abundance of good food
  7. clean water
  8. heat for our home
  9. the Bible
  10. to live in the U.S.A
  11. to have heard the gospel
  12. for friends
  13. for church
  14. for extended family
  15. for our vehicles
  16. I’m thankful to live in a safe community
  17. for my husbands job
  18. for our health
  19. for the discovery of and access to insulin
  20. for my baby’s sweet scent
  21. for my 2 year old’s curiosity
  22. for books
  23. I’m thankful for the ability to read
  24. for the ability to give to others
  25. love
  26. romance
  27. fresh country air
  28. dirt roads
  29. ocean waves
  30. I’m thankful for the gift of all 5 senses to enjoy all these blessings. The ability to touch, taste, hear, see and smell.
  31. Heaven
  32. the hope of the resurrection
  33. prayer
  34. The Holy Spirit’s encouragement
  35. clothes
  36. music
  37. instruments
  38. the ability to learn new things
  39. porch swings
  40. coffee
  41. chocolate
  42. pumpkin pie
  43. animals
  44. I’m thankful to live near a great homeschool community
  45. laughter
  46. joy
  47. I’m thankful for the way tears and suffering bring us closer to God
  48. for friends who help through hard times
  49. for the woods
  50. flowers
  51. rainbows
  52. the smell of fresh cut grass
  53. family road trips
  54. natural supplements
  55. modern medicine
  56. the internet
  57. the smell of old books
  58. book stores
  59. the ability to tuck my children in bed each night
  60. for good mornings and new beginnings
  61. sunrises
  62. sunsets
  63. poetry
  64. beautiful paintings and artwork
  65. gardens
  66. I’m thankful for the clean smell after a cleansing rain
  67. for sweet baby sounds
  68. for our library
  69. I’m thankful to have multiple grocery stores to choose from
  70. for color
  71. for beauty
  72. for the warmth of a hug
  73. smiles
  74. The Cross
  75. God’s promises
  76. blogs
  77. date nights
  78. exercise
  79. hand written letters
  80. cousins for my children to grow up with
  81. I’m thankful for old hymns
  82. For windows to open and let in fresh air
  83. For silly times and inside jokes
  84. good conversation
  85. new life in Christ
  86. I’m thankful that I can do all things through Christ’s strength
  87. funny T.V shows
  88. singing birds
  89. walks
  90. for boats
  91. family dinners
  92. fo lobsters because they are so tasty
  93. and butter because it’s good on lobsters and everything else
  94. I’m thankful that my husband loves me
  95. and that He loves God even more
  96. I’m thankful that God loves me
  97. I’m thankful that Jesus is coming back to get us
  98. I’m thankful for the Thanksgiving holiday
  99. for the ability to praise and worship God
  100. I’m thankful that my blessings far out number this list

 

Christian Idolatry?

Truth hurts sometimes. This week after getting home from the hospital with TJ I was in desperate need of some encouragement. “I’ll read the children some of the Bible,” I thought. I thought about asking my husband if he wanted to join us but then thought, “No, he’ll want to read something boring like Daniel or Revelation or the Prophets. I need something encouraging right now like the gospels or the epistles.” It was then that I felt God rebuke me in my spirit with His words of, “Then you don’t want God. If you cherry pick My word and are unwilling to take it as I have given it to you, You are not looking for Me, you are looking for feel good self fulfillment. You’re looking for your own God. That’s idolatry.”

I once heard someone say something along the lines of “I know the Holy Spirit speaks to me because He tells me things I don’t want to hear.” Yep, because so often I need God to reveal to me the true wickedness of my heart. He reminds me that I am a sinner, an idolater and worse and yet He still loves me and saved me and is growing me to be more like Him every day. Thank You Lord.

And yes, I will make an effort to know God through those parts of scripture I consider “boring” (just being real here!) because I long for the true and living God and I want to know Who He is and what He has to say.

My husband did join us for a Bible discussion and guess what? I learned some about the book of Daniel!

There Is A Purpose For This Suffering

Last week we unexpectedly ended up spending 2 nights in the hospital with baby TJ. He just had a virus and praise God he is fully recovered. But those nights and days were hard. Really hard. No mom wants to see her child poked and prodded and sick. The second night we were there I was completely and utterly exhausted in every way. I had missed almost 2 entire nights of sleep and I just wanted to go home!

I held my baby boy and cried to God that I wanted to go home. Immediately the Holy Spirit was able to comfort me by once again showing me the big picture and reminding me of my eternal home, heaven.

I was reminded that my true longing was not just for the comfortable place I call home here on earth but that my ultimate longing is for my true home in heaven. I long for a place where my children never get sick, where we aren’t faced with burdens of this life and we dwell in safety in the presence of the Lord.

I believe that small trial that we faced this past week, that felt so hard, was able to work it’s purpose in my heart. Because as with other trying times in my life I was fully able to say, “Come quickly Lord Jesus,” and I really longed to see Him coming in the clouds to get me.

So yes, I believe there is a purpose to suffering as long as that suffering results with God’s children saying, “Come quickly.”

A Prayer For My Son

Welcome T Jr! Born October 16, 2015 weighing 8 pounds 8 ounces and measuring 20 1/2 inches long.

My sweet little pumpkin is already 3 weeks old today. I tried to get a few pictures of him and was so thrilled to get one of him smiling! I only wish I knew how to use the camera better to better capture all his cuteness. Here he is!

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I’m writing a prayer for my son today that one day I can give him. I want my children to grow up remembering their mama praying for them and I want my prayers to follow and cover them through out their lives.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank You for the priceless treasure and gift You have given me. Thank You for my son. I humbly acknowledge Lord that he first is Yours and belongs to You. Give me the faith to surrender him to You every day for I trust that Your plans for him are greater and better than my own.

I thank You for the priceless treasure that is Your Son Jesus. I pray my son at an early age will feel You close to him in a real and tangible way. I pray He seeks Your Spirit and follows hard after You all the days of his life.

May his trust in You make him courageous so that he never feels afraid. Make his eyes and heart to be stayed on You so that he never loses his focus in life.Make his feet to follow paths of righteousness.

Grow him into a person of integrity. Fill him with compassion for those around him. Make him a lover of wisdom. May he be a man of self discipline and may he live his days with a pure heart and a pure conscience before You. Let him be thankful towards You his Creator. Anoint my child with the oil of gladness and may his days be filled with the joy of knowing You.

In the name of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus, A-men