Preparing for the Sabbath…
My parents are in town…and it has been soooooo great having their company! They are from out of state so they were just as excited to be here and have snow with us. I have thought so much today about tomorrow’s Sabbath and how to best prepare for it today. As we have been reading Exodus, making the Sabbath holy has been an ongoing theme…and something that is evident that it is very important to the Lord for His children to honor. To prepare for resting with the Lord tomorrow—today I have been doing a quick clean of our home and we had larger meals today so we have left overs ready to serve tomorrow.
In the book “No Ordinary Home: The Uncommon Art of Christ-Centered Homemaking” by Carol Brazo, she gives a four week plan to slowly but steadily implementing a strong routine of celebrating the Sabbath. This week, I simply tried to do all the chores that tomorrow might normally require and have left-overs ready so I don’t have to cook. We made an extra store run also so we wouldn’t have to go to the store either. As I was cleaning tonight, I thought to myself, “I feel like I’m preparing for a special guest to arrive tomorrow.” LIGHT BULB COMES ON. I am. As I prepare my life for rest, my heart is also being prepared to meet with the Savior. And I’m really looking forward to sitting at the feet of the valentine who loves me most…my Savior.
Amazing how your life changes the more you are in His Word. Amazing grace indeed. Happy Valentine’s…may you come to Him, sit at His feet and hear His love for you in a new way.
Today’s reading is full of details and Tabernacle preparation. How are you preparing your home and heart to meet with Him tomorrow? How will you spend the Sabbath to meet with Him, honor Him and bring glory to His name? What are the things you can do throughout the week to make more room for resting with Him on Sundays? What are some things you enjoy doing that bring rest to your soul that you can do on Sundays? When you invite someone to your home, preparations are done. The cleaning is set aside. And you sit and visit. Lord, prepare our hearts—show us what needs to be done and how to do it throughout the week to prepare our hearts to meet with you on the day you ordained for your children to rest and meet with you.
Have a blessed Sunday.
[Today’s slideshow images were captured with a Canon 5D, 70-200L lens…another one of Andrea’s favorites:)]