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Preparing for the Sabbath… (Exodus 37-39:31)

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.

One Year Chronological Bible Study – Exodus 37-39:31

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:)]

Jenn - February 13, 2010 - 9:54 pm

Funny…as we were driving home from dinner I was lamenting that we have MORE snow coming tomorrow. This has been one of the snowiest winters I can remember in Kansas…and I’m so ready for spring. Thanks for the reminder that snow IS fun 🙂


kristi johnson - February 13, 2010 - 10:42 pm

i always make snow it…kj

Renea - February 13, 2010 - 11:16 pm

Love the snow ice cream! And I’m doing my yearly study with the chronological bible also. As I was reading this week about all the preparations and building and the details of the curtains and the lamp stands and on and on….. I somehow became bored with it. Wondering why I’d need to know so many details about how something was built or what it was made with. I prayed that God would show me the importance of reading those chapters and to hold my interest. The answer I got came from another reading about the subjects I was studying and it pointed out if it wasn’t important to God he wouldn’t have shared so many minute details. If WE weren’t important to him he wouldn’t share those details. He loves and finds joy in making the tiniest details of us down to every hair on our heads and it’s just another way of showing how detailed his Love is for us. How glorious and perfect it is defined in those details. I was much happier to read those chapters and get back to my study with interest. Like you, it was one of those LIGHT BULB moments. 😉 I like the way you described it also. TFS!!!!!

Amy @ Filled With Praise - February 14, 2010 - 8:31 am

Love the photos. Glad you all are enjoying snow fun and grandparent fun 🙂

Elle J - February 14, 2010 - 10:45 am

I am glad I came upon your blog ~ I am learning so much! =) Happy Valentine’s Day!

Suzy Q - February 14, 2010 - 12:38 pm

I love your blog. I’d like to know who sang the little bird song that went to your video please. My kids love that kind of music!

julie@Flitterbugs - February 14, 2010 - 3:35 pm

OK, so I’ll admit…..I got a wee bit behind on reading this week. However, I’m going to press on today and keep going! I am so thankful to have you ladies to read with. If I were doing this on my own, it would be easy to get overwhelmed and stop, but since I know you ladies are keeping it up…..well, it encourages me to jump back in and keep up with the reading…and all for His glory!

Kym - February 15, 2010 - 12:08 am

I am an Alabama girl transplanted to Colorado. We always made snow cream when it snowed, which wasn’t often. My Iowa husband had no idea what I was talking about even though he grew up in lots of snow. Thanks for posting the recipe! I’ll be making it when we get our next snowfall. I know the kids will love it and I will love sharing a little piece of my childhood with them. And I’ll share it with my hubby too, but it will have to wait until next winter when he returns from a year long deployment. 🙁

Found your blog from my sweet friend, Nikki in Colorado. I love keeping up with your journey as we prepare to walk it with Nikki and her precious family!