Sabbath (/ˈsæbəθ/) is a day set aside for rest and worship. According to Exodus 20:8 the Sabbath is commanded by God to be kept as a holy day of rest, as God rested from creation.
I guard our Sabbath Day with tenacity. God ordered it not because He needs it but because He understood we need it. As a mama you know it is true.
Plan ahead. Pack the diaper bag the night before.
Pick out the church outfits so you know they are all clean and ironed, or in my case wrinkle free. I don’t iron.
Plan an easy meal. If you are on a tight budget do a crock pot lunch or sandwiches. At this point in our life we allow ourselves once and awhile the treat of bringing home lunch. Today it was 2 BOSS subs from Pick n Save. $12. Fed 10 of us (we brought home 2 friends) with some to spare. Opened a bag of chips from Aldi (less than $2) and we were set.
Paper plates are a Sunday treat so no one has a pile of dishes.
Then go collect sea-glass with your children. Or take a nap. Have a cup of coffee with you hubby. It doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure it is relaxing and refreshing.
Lets face it, when the kids nap on Sunday mama rushes around to get a things done. We feel like we never have enough time so we squeeze in a bit more. We hear people say that we need to take care of ourselves so we can take care of our families but we think we have to wait till the kids are older, things slow down or something changes.
BUT if we honor God and rest and reflect on Him He can give us that time back. If we chose to take the day HE set aside for us to take care of ourselves a bit He will make everything work out. He IS God. Try it next week. Not only will you be a better wife and mother for taking it easier on the Sabbath but you will be living in obedience to your Savior AND setting an example for your children to do the same.