The Lord’s Day isn’t a day of endless rules and boredom. It also isn’t just another day to cross stuff of the to-do list. The Lord’s Day is a day for worship, for fellowship, and for rest. In short, the Lord’s Day is a day to celebrate.
Sometimes though, it’s hard to find ways to rest when you are a mom with the “job that never ends”: when kids still get hungry, when the laundry pile still keeps growing, and the dishes still get dirty.
I wish I had a magic solution for keeping the laundry pile from growing. I don’t. But these are a few simple ways that have helped me rest, celebrate the Lord’s Day, and start the new week refreshed.
Worship with the saints
Jesus said that where two or three are gathered together in His name, He is in their mist. Just think what this means when millions of His redeemed people gather together in His name?
Yes, a church is a bunch of fallen sinners gathered together. But when we gather to worship together, to be washed in His Word, to eat at His table, and to “provoke one another to love and good works”, He can use it to transform our messy lives a little more into His likeness.
Make it a “sweet day”
Save special treats for Sunday or make a special dessert.
Drinking coffee regularly gives me a headache. Most days I enjoy a cup of delicious peppermint tea instead. Much as I love peppermint tea, I greatly look forward to my Sunday cup of
coffee coffee-flavored cream.
Train yourself (and your children) to anticipate Sunday as a sweet day. (Thanks for encouraging me in this, Peggy!)
Enlist help with meals
Joshua recently started a lovely Sunday morning tradition of making hootenanny with the kids on Sunday morning. I get to sleep in, the kids get to spend time with him, and we all get to enjoy a delicious breakfast. It’s a win on all counts.
If your husband isn’t a fan of playing in the kitchen, maybe you could buy some fun prepared treats just to enjoy on Sundays. Or make ahead mocha muffins, smorkaka, or another delicious freezer-friendly treat.
Use paper plates & utensils
Yes. I know. Not only have I eaten whales, now I’m recommending paper plates.
It may not score me any green points, but on Sunday we use paper products all day long. Joshua finally talked me into it, and it’s been one of the best decisions all year.
Enjoy the people (and activities) you love
Spend time with extended family and friends or do something memorable after church as a family. Sing together, take a long walk together, play volleyball, eat ice cream, play in the garden, win Cataan: in short, celebrate this day.
Ignore the never-ending chores
This one is the hardest for me. I try to get the house picked up Saturday evening, but the dirty laundry and crumbs still grow faster than fruit flies.
Monday morning will come around soon enough. When possible, choose to let your chores wait.
a cedar of Lebanon (Ps. 92)
Celebrate the Lord’s Day
In our modern fast-paced culture, getting to rest, and worship, and enjoy the Lord’s day is an incredible blessing. Just as Jesus said almost 2,000 years ago, God didn’t make us for the Sabbath, He made the Sabbath for us.
These are just a few simple ways that have helped me celebrate this gift.
How do YOU celebrate the Lord’s Day? (Any magic laundry tricks to share? )