Church at home

One of the most challenging things about our new life in New York is that our church services are currently being held in our home. We have a great room downstairs that we set up for Sundays and for the most part we don’t use that room at all during the week. To get ready for Sunday we only have to vacuum, dust, set up chairs and set up the altar. Not bad, right?

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Well… the master bedroom also has to be picture perfect because the only way to the bathroom is through the master bedroom. Also, the baby’s room serves as the church nursery so it must be kept in good order/ organization. And Kenny’s office is now his official church office — not the general dumping ground for anything that doesn’t have a home like it was back in Alabama.

So we’re working on it. We manage to pull it off every week but with a little stress on Saturdays and Sunday morning. My goal is to work on it a little at a time each day of the week. I found a little booklet years ago put out by Doorposts called A Day of Delight. It’s a wonderful book that shows you how to revolve your week around the Lord’s Day to truly make it a day to look forward to and celebrate. I LOVE that. But so far I can’t seem to make it work. I’ve been working on it for years and still Sunday morning is crazy. There are still lost shoes, lost belts, hair that doesn’t get brushed out until the last second, a last minute bath, etc.

But I’m plodding on. I’m not giving up. I want Sunday to be a day of delight. I want the Lord’s Day to be the children’s favorite day of the week. I want it to be MY favorite day of the week. My goal for this week is to do as much as I can early in the week to get ready for Sunday, to do all of the church preps on Friday afternoon and to plan a fun God-oriented activity for Sunday evening that will be enjoyable for the whole family and keep our hearts centered on our Lord and Creator.

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