I have a good plan for Sundays.
Clothes, crisp, hanging on the backs of your doors by Saturday night, ready for church on Sunday. Shoes polished and set beneath.
A nourishing dinner in the oven by 8 a.m. Fresh bread. The once-a-week dessert carefully prepared and waiting in the fridge.
Junior church tote bag and special music set by the door before I go to bed on Saturday night.
The house tidy, waiting for Sunday afternoon fellowship. The car vacuumed and re-stocked with a fresh trash bag, full gas tank, and Kleenex.
I didn't do any of it.
I wasn't busy on a project, or spending quality time with you.
I wasn't helping a friend.
I even forgot the snack for the boys Sunday School Class.
I didn't do any of that, because I didn't "feel" like doing anything at all yesterday.
Instead of heading to a quiet place and praying out my ennui to my Savior who could have filled me with the power and motivation for maintaining the household rhythms, I frittered away my day, waiting to "feel" motivated. Then I went to bed.
Part of wisdom is knowing and doing the next right thing...
I repented to the Lord, and apologized to your Dad that I had neglected my tasks.
I got up early, and ironed clothes.
I gathered my props for Junior church, and made the boys' class a bag of popcorn.
We had to get gas on the way home from church.
The car and house are feeling a little grungy around the edges today, and will stay that way until tomorrow.
I planned a quick, nourishing lunch which I put together after church. I made up box brownies as soon as lunch was over (after all, we only have dessert once a week!)
We didn't skip church.
We didn't skip our family dinner.
We didn't go out to eat, and destroy a carefully planned budget.
I didn't try to make up my housework on a day God has set aside for rest and fellowship, even though that means I probably won't get to take Wednesday off this week from housework like I usually do.
Sometimes we fall.
When you do, run to Jesus. Humble yourself before those you've failed. Correct what you can, and learn from what you can't. Accept the consequences with grace.
Pr 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again
In His unfailing love,