Sunday, November 14


Nestled home this beautiful Sunday, sun streaming through the windows, with a few of our kids with little colds. I am a homebody.
I have loved each of the three houses God has given us over the years and the home He has helped us build in each of them, from the little 900 sq foot house in the wrong side of the city, to the large bungalow on one of the busiest roads, to our old, endearing house that we now occupy on our little bit of country.

This morning the smell of bread is wafting through the house, sitting on the woodstove is a can with beeswax I am melting down from our hive, adding to the divine smell, and a slow cooker on the counter is steaming with sausage and bean soup. Lunch for the loves and future hand salve and wood polish. On my shoulder is a sleeping babe with fat cheeks.

I love Sundays.

How many, many Sunday church services I have missed over the years because of ministering to my family. I have learned that maintaining a prayerful life during the week and spending time reading and listening to God's word on my own is key to a healthy life and leaves no room for discouragement.

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" 2 Timothy 3:16-17 .

Sunday sermons are a small part of my weekly spiritual diet, and so, if necessity deems I miss it, I'm not feeling dry, empty, or starving waiting for the next week to roll by.

"And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them : and that Rock was Christ."

We are busy women, aren't we? We wear many hats, and often find it easy to say "there is no extra time in my day for devotions". I mentioned to Sean today how I've had to remind myself that God does not give us more to do in a day than He gives us hours in which to complete what He calls us to do.

If we view spiritual nourishment with the same savor and necessity as the food that fills our plates, we will find time. We will be hungry in spirit, anxious for the next moments we get to spend with God.

"but his delight is in the law of the Lord and on the law does he meditate both day and night."

Spending even just a few moments in the quiet of the morning with God can put our whole day into perspective and set the mood for our home life. I am a big encourager of morning devotional time. As moms, it is easy to plan our devotional time later in the day and easier still to have our day fill itself up, till we find at the end of the day that we're determined to do better the next day and then the next until we determine our days are too busy and set the priority of personal time with God aside and what should be a pleasurable, life giving time is made into a guilt trip.

For a while I set aside time each night to read my Bible but found that once the day was done and the stillness of the house settled in, my mind did not have the clarity or focus that I wanted to give God. So mornings are what work the best for me and I really do love being able to greet my children with a heart at peace and filled with His grace for the day.

Perhaps the concept of self-feeding is new to you and you're used to Sunday sermons being your nourishment for the week or this is nothing new to you and you have wisdom to share. Let's purpose to set aside time this week, on a regular and consistent basis, to spend with God. I'll share what God is speaking to my heart and resources I've found that encourage my heart in the Lord and you can share yours with me.



As a side note, the photos above are all lovely vignettes of my step mom's kitchen. She and my dad live in a tiny cabin but she lovingly arranges things in her home so beautifully and warmly.


Nabila Grace said...

Beautiful my dear! It's so true your beautifully written words. :o) Thank you! I needed to read this today! :o)

{B}dreamy said...

This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear (read) tonight! I'm one who lives their religion every day, not just on Sunday. God loves us every second of every day... The least we can do is spend even a few of those minutes turning our hearts to Him.

I've always studied my scriptures at night, but I've been thinking more and more that perhaps I need to start my day with His words. Then they are fresh in my mind and give me the strength I need to make it through another day :)

Thanks for the reminder! I love reading about your relationship with God. And oftentimes your posts are gentle reminders that prompt me to be better. Thank you. *B

Treasures from a shoebox said...

When I am not abiding in Christ (by spending time with Him each morning), I not only suffer, but my family suffers as well. They must settle for JUST ME; a sinful, vile creature apart from Christ. I've walked through valleys, willfully separated from Him and the further I've gotten away, the uglier I get. I NEED that daily renewing of my mind!

What a beautiful kitchen!

Jennie said...

Thank you for this post. I have been struggling with my one year old, he suffers from ear infections. The doctor suggested I keep him out of the nursery, and he hasn't had an ear infection in 2 months. But I miss church! I know this is only a season, and an opportunity to serve God each day by caring for my family, not just doing my part on Sunday's at church. I am often made to feel guilty by extended family members, but I know God has me in this place for a purpose, and in the end I am accountable for my children and their care. Thanks for the encouragement! I feel like we have so much in common, and I am so thankful that I have the chance to be encouraged by your Blog. I hope you know what it means to ladies in other areas of the country who feel less alone when they get to read the adventures of a like minded woman of God.

Unknown said...

Thank you kindly for this post Hannah! I missed yet another service yesterday and struggle mightily with feelings of guilt yet I know that I'm not missing because I don't feel like going, but rather am attending to my duties. I would be doing it cheerfully were it not for the guilt and the ridiculous childish worry over what others will think, knowing that all too soon my attendance will easily be all 52 weeks in a pew that we will no longer fill.

Adriane said...

Beautiful post and a great reminder for this busy mom. Thank you for posting this.

Gina said...

What a wonderful reminder. I have found it is possible to keep my mind on the Lord all day by continually focusing my mind on Scripture. Even if I don't have hours of time for Bible study it is certainly possible to discipline our minds to think on the Word. But it is challenging and I fail often.

Loved your post and the lovely photos!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your heart and your photos.

Sommer said...

These are some of the hardest posts for me to read. I know I should be spending time in the Word regularly and I desire to. However I find it so hard to rouse myself in the mornings to do so. I also find it difficult when my wee girl continues to wake more than once at night and is usually up very early.
I long to give my children a peace filled and rested that breathes in His Word in the morning and breathes it out upon her children...and yet, I am struggling with that.

Thank you for your loving presentation of what is so important. If you think of it, please pray that the Lord will cause me to be consistent and diligent here.

Lots of love,

Anonymous said...

Thank you..

sue in NJ

Rachel said...

Beautiful post- I have learned too, and agree that morning time with the Lord before my children wake up is really good for me and for them. Thanks for the lovely pictures and thoughts :).