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A Good Ol' Fashioned Sunday

Ever miss having a good ol' fashioned Sunday?  Every now and then, Matt and I have a good ol' fashioned Sunday where we simply go to church and then have the remainder of the day to play, rest, read, take a good, long nap, and hang out at home together without anything on our "to-do" list (or in this case, choosing not to do anything on our "to-do" list).  Yesterday was one of those days, and it makes me smile every time I think about it. 

I woke up yesterday morning and the first words out of my mouth to Matt were, "You wanna play hookie?" (meaning skip the Sunday service).  I felt so warm and cozy in our king-sized bed and would have piled Molly up there with me if I had any say over the matter.  But my dear husband said, "No, I want to go to church," and rolled his 6'5" body out of that delightful bed.  I think I moaned and grumbled a little, but as I think about it, I guess it wouldn't really be a "good ol' fashioned Sunday" if we didn't go to church!  So I finally made my way to the bathroom to get ready, and like all mornings, as soon as I see Molly, I light up and start talking in a high pitched squeaky voice that drives Matt (and probably Molly) crazy, but it's out of sheer exuberance to see that cute little black face with silky ears that just gets me every morning.  My husband wishes he did that to me. 

We made it to church without bickering (bickering happens occasionally) and we walked in hand-in-hand ready to worship and sing praises to Jesus.  I must say, Matt looked so handsome yesterday!  He surprised me and wore a button down shirt and a new tie he got for Christmas (thanks Mac and Julie!), which almost never happens unless it's a special occasion!  We attend a fairly large church (2000 people on a Sunday), but the service we attend draws a smaller crowd of about 50 and incorporates liturgy (which the Episcopalian background in me loves).  We both find the service reflective, quiet, and not so distracting as sometimes being in a larger crowd is to me.  I end up focusing on the woman's hair in front of me or the couple's PDA next to us instead of what I should be concentrating on.  By the way, I'm not against a bit of PDA like holding hands or having arms around each other and such, it just distracts me when it's more than that...something which Matt and I got corrected on when we were dating by a gentleman in our church who knows us well--it still makes me quite embarrassed when I think about it!

The sermon, on "Why our World Needs to be Transformed", was wonderful and quite challenging.  It's always good to have reminders of living day to day dependent on the Spirit of God and letting Him transform our hearts and our minds.  I need a little shakin' up every now and then when I get caught up in the "I wants", or am tired of the Lord working on my heart because it feels just too painful and tiring.  Yet the reminders of what I have in Christ Jesus stir me more often and deeper these days, which I'm thankful for.  I guess I'll let Him continue to work on me; He's certainly proved faithful and set me free from a lot of baggage...there will always be more of that though 'till I get to see Him face to face!  But really, the pain of transformation is worth it all to be freed from that stuff I was under!  So I'm glad I got outta bed.

There was a song we sang, too, that is now one of my favorites by Chris Tomlin called "How Can I Keep From Singing" (the words are below if you want to read them).   After church, we ventured to the Apple Store to look at the iPod Touch (the "I wants" didn't go away completely).  Matt has got me into this handy gadget and I think it would be a nice little celebratory gift to finishing my job.  A nice little $400 gift!!  Still hand-in-hand (yeah!), we left without one, as we're still not sure how we'd pay for it, and I'm bound and determined to get to Jordan this year to visit our friends who live there, so I'm trying to save every little penny, even my meager $30 a month allowance (it's not that meager--I'm grateful). 

And for the rest of the afternoon and evening, we had a good ol' fashioned Sunday napping, talking, watching "The Amazing Race" and reading.  Who knows what Matt read (I think some blogs), but I'm reading a great book called Fire by Night by Lynn Austin.  It's the second book in a series of three that my friend, Janna, is letting me borrow.  I can't put it down.  We walked Molly in the cool of the evening, laughing at Molly and Chloe (our neighbors' dog) playing frisbee together.  Molly is such the competitive show-off and now we owe Chloe a new frisbee!  And to top the day off, we decided to order in dinner from our favorite Mexican food restaurant, Chuy's!  I crawled into bed last night a very happy (and full) woman after my good ol' fashioned Sunday!  Definitely need more of those around here; I'm sure we could all use a bit more of 'em! 

And may we keep singing...

"How Can I Keep From Singing"

There is an endless song
Echoes in my soul
I hear the music ring

And though the storms may come
I am holding on
To the rock I cling

How can I keep from singing Your praise
How can I ever say enough
How amazing is Your love
How can I keep from shouting Your name
I know I am loved by the King
And it makes my heart want to sing

I will lift my eyes
In the darkest night
For I know my Savior lives

And I will walk with You
Knowing You'll see me through
And sing the songs You give

I can sing in the troubled times
Sing when I win
I can sing when I lose my step
And fall down again
I can sing 'cause You pick me up
Sing 'cause You're there
I can sing 'cause You hear me, Lord
When I call to You in prayer
I can sing with my last breath
Sing for I know
That I'll sing with the angels
And the saints around the throne

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