Let me give you a rundown of our typical Sunday in the Dumas household.
4:45- Daniel wakes up. (Okay he snoozes, and THEN he wakes up!)
5:45- Maddie wakes up.
6:15- The boys wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed.
(Throw in a few meltdowns, granola bars, fruit snacks, tears, spills, and sticky hands)
7:00- Get in the car to go to church, with two boys, two guitars, various cords, cables, Bibles, lessons, big church bags, and a partridge in a pear tree.
7:15- Maddie remembers she didn’t print a lesson for children’s church. Pinterest to the rescue!
7:30- Start music practice
8:30- First church service
10:00- Sunday school (Daniel teaches)
11:00- Second service
2:00- Naps (always for the boys, sometimes for the grown-ups)
4:30- Back to church for night services
5:00-7:00- Maddie teaches Bible lessons, Daniel plays games with the kids
7:30- Boys in bed
8:00- Get ready for Monday.
And this isn’t even including when it’s soccer season! Sundays are anything but a day of rest in our house. A lot of worship leaders and pastors tend to take a day during the week as their sabbath; Many times, our Saturdays can be restful. But with both of us working full time, Sautrdays tend to be our days to catch up on housework, oil changes, outside time, grocery trips, etc. We have been in a season of busy. All of this led us to embark on a last minute mini vacation this weekend! I was off for my upcoming weekend shift at the hospital, and Daniel and the boys were off for MLKJ Day, so we finished up at church yesterday, and drove a couple hours to Ocean Springs, MS. It has been a getaway destination for Daniel and me for the past few years, and we thought we would tow the boys along this time. It was such a sweet time of rest, fresh air, and good barbecue. The relaxation was exactly what this mama/wife needed. We played board games and did puzzles, and we woke up with no alarm. I got to sip my tea in my PJ’s and get ahead on my Bible study, and Daniel was able to find a new coffee shop and read as well. To top it off, we stopped by the Stennis Space Center on the way home for a fun adventure.
Needless to say, I feel like we truly had a Sabbath. While we can’t do this every week, it sure does encourage me to slow down more often. God knows how we work- when we are well-rested! “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8 NKJV. It’s more than a command to go to church on Sundays. If you keep reading, He specifically discusses rest. “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:9-11 NKJV.
So find a day this week to relax. Read some scripture. Soak in His goodness and know it’s in God’s design for your life. He doesn’t ask us to be super productive robots, only to love Him, and love others. We do both better when we rest.