Easy Like Sunday Morning

Whoever coined that phrase was most definitely not in ministry. Easy like WHAT? Sunday Morning, you say? Easy, you say? You’ve got to be kidding me! I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed it, but I’ve found that if something crazy/bad/weird/unexpected is going to happen, it will probably happen really late Saturday night or first thing Sunday morning.

Three of our four visits to the emergency room in the last two years have happened on Saturday night and into Sunday morning. If the kids or husband are going to be up sick all night, it will be Saturday night/ Sunday morning. We’ve had tornadoes, fires, power outages, heater malfunctions, howling cats, prank phone calls, emergency calls from church members, burned food, big arguments, and even a busted waterbed…all in the middle of the night before an important Sunday morning. Yes…our waterbed busted or is it burst? Either way, we were wet, along with our bedding, carpet, walls… in the middle of the night right before high attendance Sunday and the kickoff to our revival meetings. We were up all night trying to syphon the water out of the bed frame through the window in early March in the mountains of Kentucky with nothing but a couple threadbare towels and a garden hose (hose pipe for all my NC peeps). ( =

Now I know that those crazy things happen all the time, but I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that Sunday mornings are so hard. The enemy doesn’t want us going into God’s house on Sunday morning prayed up, prepared, and focussed on worshipping and working for the Lord. Instead, the he wants us sleepy, sick, frustrated, angry, and stressed out. That’s why, for the last several years, my husband and I have worked to make Sunday mornings as easy as possible. Our kids don’t have friends spend the night on Saturday nights, we plan ahead as much as possible to eliminate the possibility that something could go wrong at the last-minute, and we no longer accept donations of previously owned waterbeds…no matter how generous the offer.

What about you? Have you had any experiences like mine that are more than coincidences? How do you work to keep things easy on Sunday morning?

PS…You’re welcome for getting that song stuck in your head today….( =

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6 thoughts on “Easy Like Sunday Morning

  1. So TRUE Stephanie. We have so many of those incidences. One of the biggest ones was when we went out of town in view of a call to the church where Philip now serves. Hannah, who was 2yrs old at the time, got so sick I had to take her to the ER in the middle of the night. I ended up having to stay at the hotel the next morning while Philip (who didn’t get much sleep) and Christian went to church for the big meet and greet and vote. It is only by God’s grace we get through the Sundays where there’s been drama the night before!

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  2. You know that 80s song Manic Monday? My husband and I like to sing it like this, just another stressful Sunday. 🙂 The devil sure knows right where to get ya. We do our best to plan ahead. We do the ironing, diaper bags, etc on Saturday night. My husband goes early and my daughter and I come at Sunday school time. We are children’s pastors, so it’s important not to spend all your patience by 9:45! 🙂

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