Mamas….is this not the hardest? I don’t know about you, but Sunday mornings in our household feel like the devil himself is orchestrating everything from what side of the bed we wake up on to inability to find socks.
It is definitely evident that he does not want us taking our babies to church.
Every single task seems to turn into an obstacle on Sunday morning. It seems like we never have enough hot water to go around, there’s never anything to cook, nobody can find the right shoes or clothes, something has a stain on it, and we are always, ALWAYS, running behind. Some days, I literally have to drag myself to church. Many days, we are fighting on our way out of the house all the way there.
Once we finally make it, the older kids take off to Sunday school while I usually sit in the nursery with the baby. She’s kinda rotten and won’t stay with anyone other than her dad and me. We’ve tried. She screams until one of us goes to get her. Most days I miss Sunday school.
Then, we all meet in the Sanctuary. We always try to bring the baby out there, too, and she stays with us unless she gets too unruly. She’s always the loudest during prayer. Why is that? Sometimes it’s “E-I-E-I-O”, but sometimes it’s “Jesus Loves Me”, and who could be upset with that? Most of the time, I am too worried trying to make sure that my kids are behaved that I don’t even hear the message.
I used to wonder why I put myself through this week after week. If I’m being totally honest, sometimes I still do. It sure is a lot to go through to not even be able to pay attention. So, when these thoughts sneak back in my head, I have to remind myself that what I’m doing is important.
Do you ever find yourself having these same thoughts? If so, I’m going to give you a pep talk that I have often wished someone would give me.
The answer is simple….
You are giving your children a firm foundation on which to build their lives. Although it may seem tedious at times, our kids are like little sponges at this age, and they learn so much so fast. You are teaching them that Jesus is worth the hardships that we may face in the mornings in order to better learn about His life and teachings.
You are giving them knowledge. As an adult who wasn’t raised in church, I have had a greater learning curve than that of people who were. I didn’t know all the stories that others knew, and I always felt like I was one step behind. I distinctly remember thinking, before I ever had kids, that I would always take them to church so that they would never have to feel this way. This is an investment in the minds of my babies. I want them to always feel firm and confident in their knowledge of the Bible.
Besides Jesus, this is my favorite part of church. Being around people from so many different backgrounds brought together by a common goal is so refreshing. It gives you a way to set aside differences and find commonality despite the superficial appearances. This, my friends, is one way that my children are taught acceptance of others.
Don’t forget about prayer. Prayer is a powerful thing, ya’ll. I can’t explain how my heart feels to know that my babies are learning how to pray powerful prayers, and they are learning to believe that prayers work. It gives them a way to have a sense of power in often powerless or hopeless circumstances. It also teaches them that Jesus is in control.
Saving the best for last. THIS….. If there is no other reason to get up on Sunday mornings and fight through the trenches, it is this. My children are learning now what it took me years of adulthood to figure out. What a glorious gift to give them!
So, Mama, when the mornings are rough, and you can’t seem to figure out why you are putting yourself and your family through this turmoil on Sunday, take a look at those faces. Don’t let Satan steal your joy.
Don’t worry if your clothes aren’t ironed or if the kids’ socks don’t match. Jesus doesn’t.
Don’t worry if the baby is making noise. Most people don’t mind because a noisy baby means new life in the church.
Don’t worry about being judged. There is only room for one judge, and trust me, there are much bigger issues to worry about.