Making Sundays special is a very important task that doesn't "just happen". Although it may take a lot of planning, preparation and effort, the goal is to establish a mind and heart attitude of making Sunday special along with the habit of attending worship which in turn may be a lifestyle for generations to come. This is a big thing!!
Through other posts on this subject, we talked about the importance of attending church and the attitude of worship. Making Sunday special doesn't just happen Saturday night or early Sunday morning. It may take time through the week to prepare our hearts as we seek to prepare our family for a special day.
Here are a few tips to work on through the week.
Mediate on How Great Is Our God:
Seek out Bible verses that speak of God's greatness and majesty.
- I Chronicles 16:27-29 "Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength, ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name."
- (Deuteronomy 3:24 NIV) "O Sovereign LORD, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?"
- (Psalms 116:5 NIV) "The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion."
- "Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him."
- "The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies." .Psalm 18:2-6
Think of creative ways to spend time together as a family. It could be a fun outing - to the park or the movies, or as simple as watching a movie at home together. Go ahead and "talk it up" through the week and let the anticipation build for a special time on Sunday!
Make a Special Lunch:
This takes some planning, but is definitely worth it! Early in the week, find a recipe that can be special, but easy. Slow cooker meals do great as well as meals that can be prepared before church with a small amount of finishing. I'm hoping to add some great recipes soon!
Take a Rest:
Make it a point to slow down and relax. Just do the basics of what needs to be done around the house. I tend to be a "busy bee" through the week, always doing laundry, dishes, chores etc. It takes some effort, but by slowing ourselves down, it sets a relaxed pace for the home.
By practicing and preparing through the week to "make Sunday special", much of the stress and rush of Sunday is done and a heart of peace, ready to worship will set the tone for the family.