I’ve been thinking a lot about how tired I am, how busy I am, and how Sundays – the day of rest – exactly play into it all. One thing I’ve realized is that it takes a lot of WORK to rest.Weird, right! But work on Saturdays, that is! I’ve been implementing a few of these things, and though it is some trouble, it has well been worth it. Here are a few things I’ve been doing ahead of time to enjoy Sunday. Do you do any of this?
- Make dinner. Yes, on Saturday! Sometimes I prep the ingredients in my crock pot for White Lightning Chili, Beef Chili, BBQ roast on Saturday night. Then I literally just turn the crock pot on. I LOVE this list from Mama Gab on After Church Meals for Sunday. (Her whole Sunday series is great, actually!)
- Layout & iron clothes. Step prior to this is actually: have good church clothes. As fast as my boys grow, it just dawned on me that I didn’t really have appropriate church clothes for them this season. I spent a few hours on Kohl’s and picked up a handful of adorable outfits for good deals. I typically like shopping at consignment stores, but I wanted things for church that did not look worn at all. I would rather have 3-4 good outfits that they can recycle over and over, than
- Make sunday snacks or lunches for church – Here’s the visual of the light lunches our kids bring (that help them behave, by the way!)
- Prepare purse, diaper bag and bottles for Sunday morning
- Tidy up the house
- Have paper plates & cups ready for Sunday meals. I am not usually a fan of paper products, but I like having them on hand, just for Sundays. Easy, peasy.
- Go to bed early. I know, I know.The former college student in me is laughing hysterically. My how the mighty have fallen. But as lame as it sounds, extra sleep helps me not be in a comatose state during church, or nod off to sleep in the nursing room. (Hey, it’s happened.)
- Consider having an easy breakfast already prepped or done. This is where I sacrifice the optimal “health” factor sometimes. A toasted bagel with fruit and sausage isn’t going to be the end of the world. Many of the make-ahead breakfasts include egg, which we can’t do, but obviously an egg casserole would be perfect! I have been meaning to try a version of this overnight baked oatmeal (doesn’t that sound delish?)
- Read the passage for tomorrow with your family. I recently loved this article about helping kids benefit from the sermon, and one take-away was to read the passage ahead of time with your kids.
I’d love to hear your tips. Especially – any easy meal ideas to make ahead or on Sunday?
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