With all the busyness of life, it can be hard to make Sunday a special day and set Sunday apart from the rest of the week. When I was growing up, Sunday was reserved for going to church in the morning and then we would spend the afternoon at my Nana’s eating a homemade spaghetti dinner with all my aunts, uncles and cousins. Now that I’m married and most of my family members have passed, D and I have been searching for ways to set our Sunday apart from the rest of the week.
However, we wanted to be careful not to create a legalistic scenario with our Little People. Avoiding the message that we set Sunday apart from the rest of the week in order to get to heaven was not the message we wanted to convey here. We simply wanted to send the message to our children that God loves us so much, that He blessed us with a special day to worship, rest and reflect.
Making Sunday A Special Day
Go To And Join A Bible Teaching Church
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV
No, not so you can fulfill an obligation or work your way into eternity with Jesus, but so you can worship, connect and interact with other believers. If you aren’t already connected to a local church, do a Google search for some churches in your area. You can spend a little time looking at their website and if they stream their services online you can watch a few to see if that particular one is what you are looking for before you attend on Sunday. There is nothing wrong with going to a few services before you start getting involved and serving in the church.
Have A Special Meal For Dinner
Growing up, we went to my Nana’s and always had spaghetti and meatballs on Sunday. We not only looked forward to this special meal that my Nana would spend all day Saturday preparing for, but we were all excited to spend time together as a family. My mom, Nan, and aunts would work together in the kitchen, chatting up how they were doing. The men sat in the living room watching sports or went outside to play a game with us kids. It really was a special day of worshipping the Lord in the morning and spending time with the family in the afternoon. Some of my very best memories were made during the years that we spent Sundays together as a family at my Nana’s.
Now that D and I are married, things are a little different. Many of our family members have passed or live thousands of miles away. We put on some worship music and D and I work together to create a special meal that our family can enjoy. Sometimes we invite friends over or the Little People invite their friends over and this helps to make the day just a little more special.
Plan A Special Outing
Getting together with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins just isn’t as simple anymore. Sometimes, we plan a special trip on Sunday. Sometimes, we head home after church, change our clothes and head off for a Sunday drive. Sometimes we go to the lake or park and take a picnic lunch with us.
My family loves movies like: Facing the Giants, Courageous, and War Room to just name a few. We also like to play board and card games. Sometimes, we go outside and play kickball, volleyball, baseball and a slew of games we’ve invented. We make popcorn, ice cream sundaes, special desserts, try new recipes, laugh, giggle and just enjoy what the Lord has blessed us with.
Commit To Not Doing Certain Things
Again, not to make it legalistic or to set a bunch of rules, but simply to signify that this day, your rest day that you’ve been blessed with is special and set apart. For example, I don’t do any coursework on Sunday. D doesn’t work on Sunday and I don’t give the kids a bunch of work to do. Sometimes, if we are working on the homestead or doing work on the house, we will work together as a family. This is usually because we want to and we are enjoying what we are doing together. Also, there have been times when D has had to work over-time or I have had an assignment due and had no choice but to take part of my day to get it done.
Attend Sunday Night Service
If your home church has Sunday night service, this is another great way to set Sunday apart as a special day for God. Some churches have a meal on Sunday evening together. Some churches have a special Praise and Worship service, or Bible Study. Then there are others that expand on the message that was taught during the Sunday service.
Please share with me in the comment section below how you and your family set Sunday apart in your home. I’d love to hear from you and don’t forget to join The Every Chain Broken Community using the sign-up form below!