My husband and I both started reading a book 1st of the year called Parenting in the Pew.
He is done with it, I however am still on Chapter 5… I had to start another book for the ladies bible study im taking part in now… so thats slowed me up on the other book.
However, what I have read is amazing!! and it inspired us to start a family tradition in our home.
We are teaching our children the importance of preparing our hearts for Sunday Worship.
… and this preparation starts on saturday!
The book goes into detail about why this is important… and it all made such sense…
Theres way to much to get into here, so just buy the book :)
To those curious what we do however… we start with making sure our home is in pretty good shape. Obviously it wont be perfect… thats impossible with young kids ;-) – so ive experienced… but things like laundry should be mostly done, kitchen tidied, clothes put away…
I try to do this throughout the week, so that saturday isnt spent cleaning all day.
Saturday evening after naps, I serve up a nice meal. Doesnt have to be anything specific, but something good.
We have a large white plate that we are using to serve the special meal on – and we also let the kids use the “nice dishes” – so its extra special.
On our table we also light candles.. one in representation of Christ, and then 5 small candles representing each one of us. This might seem a bit cheesy, and I thought it was at 1st (when My husband showed me his idea) – but our boys have LOVED IT, and think its so cool to light all these candles on the table.
We enjoy our saturday evenings with a meal together… and after the meal I serve up a yummy special dessert – and after dessert Travis then reads to the kids a bible story… we then end by singing & prayer.
Once this time is over, I clean up the kitchen while Travis gets the kids cleaned up – we then have the boys pick their sunday morning outfits! Setting them out so they are ready (I will set out Owens) – I then pack the diaper bag for Sunday, as well as the boys “big church bags” – making sure everything is prepared and ready to go.
We have successfully done this since the new year… and Im excited to continue our tradition from here on out.
Because sundays shouldn’t be spent rushing … finding socks… and stressing over what isnt done.
Instead we enjoy our sunday mornings listening to praise and worship…
taking it easy… and not stressing.
Doing these things on saturday prepares not only our homes… our list – but also our hearts.
Again, I strongly encourage anyone interested in learning more about this to check out the book Parenting in the Pew.
We have loved it!