Sunday Interrupted

Today was one of those rare snow days that fell on a Sunday. It’s not often that we cancel worship services at our church, but the roads weren’t cleared this morning and it was a good call.

I’ve made good use of this quiet day. So far I’ve done absolutely nothing except watch the birds feeding on our patio, and cook up a steaming pot of “kitchen sink” soup. It’s aroma is wafting through the house as I type this blog entry. I may have even watched a little football. 😉

Days like today are necessary now and then.

Do I feel lazy and a little bit guilty for not catching up on my laundry or cleaning the kitchen? Nah. I spent a full hour shoveling snow this morning, so I definitely earned some rest.

I also think these unexpected snowdays help us to remember that life is not in our control. That’s an uncomfortable thought for some, but I need the occasional reminder that God does not work according to my timetable. He sometimes steps in and provides the downtime I need to recharge after a prolonged period of busyness. I daresay many of us are still in recovery mode after the holidays.

We need a little silence.

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.‭‭ – Psalms‬ ‭62:5-7‬

When these rare opportunities upset your schedule, try to embrace the break rather than curse the inconvenience. God’s got this! There will be ample time to catch up in the days ahead.

A Clean Slate

It’s a new year, but if you are like millions of others who made some lofty resolutions, you may already be struggling to keep them.

Many of our resolutions are based on our desire to reverse unhealthy and unproductive habits. That is never a bad thing, but we often run out of steam not long after the Christmas decorations are tucked away.

This year, don’t let a set-back take the wind out of your sails. Here are a few suggestions that I have found helpful. Perhaps they will assist you along your journey in 2019:

  1. Set small, realistic goals with measurable achievements along the way. This is a much better plan than creating an overwhelming list of resolutions.
  2. Make sure you have an accountability partner or group to help cheer you on to success.
  3. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip now and then. Dust yourself off and keep moving ahead.
  4. Once you reach your goal, establish a reliable support system to help keep you on track so you won’t revert to old habits.
  5. Find a daily devotional or inspirational scripture to read each morning to uplift you as you start each day.

There was a great New Year’s message shared with our children during worship this morning. They learned that people often get discouraged when they fail to keep a resolution. Sometimes they even feel that they need to wait a whole year to start over again! But they also learned that God doesn’t keep a record of our mistakes or failures. Each new day He offers us a clean slate . . . a fresh chance to try again.

That’s a great message for any age! 🙂