No matter how stressful life may be, when it comes to our Sundays over here we just take a step back. We really try and make it a day of rest because man, do we need it! Sunday is by far my favorite day of the week.
We always try to go to church, barring anyone that anyone is sick (that....and okay, we have been known to sleep in a time or two :) Our kids actually love Sunday school and we go to Northpoint Community church, so it truly is amazing. Their Sunday school theme for kids is "God made me, God loves me, Jesus wants to be my friend forever." I just love that.

We always try to do something outside
. I don't know why, but being outdoors is so calming and relaxing. We have 4 little new lives right outside our front window......take a look at them.

We always try to read the paper, go grocery shopping together, and plan for the week. This really helps me to want to wake up Monday morning knowing I have a game plan. My two biggest stressors are meals (planning for them, buying for them, cooking them) and laundry (sorting, doing it, and putting it away). I try to start the week out organized.

Lastly, we always try to go for a Sunday drive! We have always done this....just loaded everyone in the car having no game plan. It is so nice to just go for a drive on a pretty afternoon. Everyone is calm and either naps or enjoys the ride. I love these so much, I go on them even when it's not Sunday sometimes. A long drive can turn any bad day around it seems.

I love church because it always pushes me back to truth and gives me the right perspective to start the week.
This week's sermon was pretty awesome. It is a series on "the waiting room". To hear this series from the beginning click here. I loved today because it is a sermon that has proven itself to me already in my life.... the main thrust was this:
  • "If what you are waiting on is what you are putting your hope in, you are in a dangerous situation." Stemming from the verse Isaiah 40:30-31 saying, "Even youth grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall. But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength..."I love this because everything in life you wait on and put your hope in will eventually lead to you waiting and hoping in something else, it's just our nature. You will find this cycle to prove true in some fashion.
It has helped our marriage and raising kids to know that our hope is in the Lord. My husband and children's flaws push me towards knowing God and I pray that my flaws as a wife and mother will push them to their creator as well. He is ultimately the one who is able to be enough. He is enough for me and because of that my happiness does not depend on my spouse or kids...they will let me down and I will let them down and it's not fair to anyone to have those expectations. If you read this blog you know we are not a perfect family, we love that we aren't perfect and that we rely on Christ's strength and not our own.
  • I want to teach my children (and myself, ha!) that no matter what they are waiting on in life, if their hope is ultimately in the Lord and they trust in Him, they will be satisfied by Him alone. He is their Heavenly Father who will be able to give them more than I ever could.

Hope you love your Sundays too, make them special!


Chef Willis said...

Jen, you are such a great writer! I loved your little message today. It's because it is all so true! We also loved NPCC today and Jeff's conclusion to the waiting room. You're amazing. We sure do love you!(and all ya'll!) Marcie

Anonymous said...

We go to Buckhead, so we hear the same message y'all do. It has been a really good series. We always get so excited telling Luke he's going to Waumbaland every Sunday and he just looks at us like we're crazy!! He does seem to enjoy it, though. Glad y'all are doing well! We still need to have a playdate sometime soon.

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