Since the very first Sunday that we couldn't go to church in our building, we determined as a couple that we would still set aside Sunday as a special day to worship the Lord with other believers as well as a day of rest and relaxation. So, in case someone else might like some ideas, here are just a few of the simple ways we're doing that.
1. We get up at the regular time we would on a Sunday. We don't want to get out of the habit on that! Since we aren't going out of the house for church, we have extra time which we can spend in God's Word and in prayer.
🌺 🌿 🌻2. We attend Sunday School and church via the internet. We get our Bibles out, follow along, and I take notes as I ordinarily would during a message or Sunday School lesson. We have a great number of church services from which to choose, and a few different Sunday School lessons.
Several local churches are posting recorded messages on YouTube or elsewhere, and those are great because one can listen at any time, even during the week if preferred. We enjoy watching and listening to a message on a weeknight rather than the news.
Other churches are live streaming their services, and we enjoy that too because it means we can watch a service in a different time zone and it will not conflict with our local church. We particularly enjoy participating in services from our daughter and son-in-law's church in Nevada, and this past week we also watched one from their former pastor's church in Ohio. It's especially meaningful when a live stream church service makes provision for those watching to pray corporately or to sing along with the hymns.
🌺 🌿 🌻3. My hubby makes waffles for lunch. For many years our granddaughters were with us most weekends, and he always made waffles before leaving for Sunday School on Sunday morning. We had gotten out of the habit when timing changed for our services and we needed to leave earlier. Also, for just the two of us, we could each eat something simple rather than the "production" of waffles. Now we have the leisure to prepare a waffle lunch. I will usually add some bacon or homemade sausage to the menu and maybe some fruit. I'll add Mr. T's recipe at the end of the post for those who may be interested.
🌺 🌿 🌻4. We try to get out into God's creation at some point during the day. Usually after lunch or before or after one of the services we've watched, we will get out for a short walk. It's such a great reminder of God's power and sovereignty to spend time in His creation. When we remember that it is this omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God who is in control of everything that is going on, we can't help but breathe a sigh of relief and praise to Him.
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I hope that one or more of these ideas will add a special note to your own Sundays. Certainly my hope and prayer is that we will all be meeting again at church as soon as our governors allow. But until then, let's continue to make Sundays a special day of rest and worship!
And now, here is the waffle recipe:
GRAMPA'S SUNDAY WAFFLES
2 eggs, beaten in large bowl
2 1/4 c. milk
1/2 c. melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
3/4 tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 Tblsp. sugar
Add the milk, melted butter, and vanilla to the beaten eggs in the large bowl. Sift the remaining ingredients into the liquid and beat until smooth. Bake in waffle iron according to the directions for your particular waffle iron. Yield: 10-12 waffles.
This great recipe is one I copied from The Beany Malone Cookbook, which shared recipes used by the Malone family in the series of books by Lenora Mattingly Weber. The vanilla was not in the original recipe, but makes a good recipe into a super one!