I realized why prep time is needed for the Sabbath!
Saturday, amidst the normal events of the day, the kids and I cleaned and cooked and prepared all the meals for Sunday. By sunset, the house looked spotless and the fridge was stuffed with yummy food.
We sat down to a feast at dinner. The adults had wine, and the kids had grape juice. Mike put his hands on each child’s shoulder, and one at a time, said a blessing over them. He blessed me with a little of Proverbs 31, and then it was my turn to bless him by reading Psalms 112.
Then we all raised our goblets and thanked God for the beginning of the Sabbath.
I learned the following:
The internet is so addictive! It was so hard to stay away for 24 hours!
I rarely ever truly relax. I usually have so much on my mind that I jump from task to task, project to project, need to need. Having 24 hrs. where I chose not to do any work was very hard at first. My mind, however, loved it because…
We had a chance to talk through hopes, goals, dreams, and project ideas, and I wondered if one of the blessings of the Sabbath is that you start the week more purposeful, with renewed clarity, and are less apt to waste time because you know that you only have 6 days to get everything done!
We slept in Sunday morning, and since I had preset the coffee before Saturday afternoon, we awoke to a hot steaming cup and some of these that we popped in the microwave.
As the day wore on, I felt more and more relaxed as we focused on all our blessings.
We went to the zoo, and truly strolled… we took our time with each animal and they did not disappoint! They gave us a show! (More about this later this week!)
We came home and took another leisurely stroll with the dog and then finally came home to chili that I had mixed up Saturday. Yum.
The kids seemed better off as well. All day they had been giggling and trying to crack each other up. By the evening they were relaxed and calm. (Thankfully!)
We shared our thoughts over the day, and the things we were thankful for, and slipped out for some ice cream just as the sun went down.
Then we did the dishes and tidied up, but really it wasn’t too bad because we had done such a thorough job before the Sabbath. Everyone fell asleep fast and peacefully.
Ahhhhhh…. I could get used to this.