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Sunday:Before and After

I was visiting blogs this morning and came across one where a fellow blogger had a hard time with Sundays. So I thought I would blog about what I did to change our Sundays from rushing and hectic to more peaceful and calm. I had to get over some selfishness and change my attitude. I have often thought to blame satan by saying " he doesn't want me to go to church so he is making it hard for me." But when I got to the heart of the matter it came down to me. I was just too lazy to get out of bed. I even tried to put the blame on my husband by thinking he should get out of bed first not me. I look back and see how selfish, self centered and immature I was thinking and acting.

This is how our Sundays were before. Saturday I would tell my hubby that I am going to wake up early on Sunday to get us there early so we can go to the 9:30 am "Coffee House" class and then go to the 11:00am service.

Sunday morning the alarm would go off at 7:00am and I would hit snooze so many times that we wouldn't get out of bed until 9:00am. While hubby and I are sleeping the kids are up and getting there own breakfast. The little ones pour too much cereal and milk. Kids are quarreling. So finally I decide to get out of bed, grumpy of course because "I" not my hubby got up first and "I" have to deal with the mess while hubby is still in bed. As I walk in the kitchen I am stepping on cheerios and see milk spilled on the floor. The pantry door wide open, so of course Ethan & Lance have made a mess trying to find cookies or anything with sugar, including Splenda packets. I am getting even more mad, since my hubby has not come to help me clean up. Hubby gets up irons the clothes, I brush their hair, hubby and I dress. Grab for the diaper bags and we are out the door hoping that we get there on time for the 11:00am service and that they have room in the Pre-K classes for Ethan and Lance.

How our mornings are now. I wake up at 5:30am. Have my quiet time. 6:30-7:00am the kids start waking up. I am dressed. I fix breakfast. Get hubby up. He starts ironing the clothes while the kids finish eating. Hubby puts all their clothes in order of ages on the bed. As the kids finish breakfast, I let them know to go to my room and get dressed all the way to their shoes. Hubby dresses Lance and I help Ethan. I brush their hair while hubby is putting the car seats in the car. (sat. hubby usually has to take the van to Home Depot for something and so car seats come out during the week to carry whatever) I get the diaperbags ready, grab my sunglasses, help put the kids in and we are off to the 9:30am Coffee House class. Most Sundays we are there early enough to put Lance in his class. Once in a while he ends up at the Coffee House.

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:9-11 NIV


P.S. Please note that I am not saying that anyone who has a hectic Sunday morning is selfish, self-centered or immature. I am speaking of only me and my issues.

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