It’s prep day around here: Saturday.
Recently, I’ve began reevaluating our family’s life. What’s working…what’s not.
Confession time: Organization is not my gifting. That wrench was missing when I was handed the package.
And Sunday morning? Often it is chaos with a side order of panic.
So, I’ve decided to adopt the Sabbath making gift of Jewish women, prepping the day before. Why?
God’s a pretty smart guy.
He knows that moms don’t really know how to Sabbath and need to be taken by the hand, invited.
Or, perhaps we just need to be given permission?
So, my Beautiful Mama Friends, I figure if God turned off the creative engine to rest on the seventh day, and then crammed making the Sabbath holy into the 10 Commandments, that’s pretty good permission!
No more drinking guilt from a culture that doesn’t know when to say when.
Remember the Israelites’ manna meals wandering in the desert? On Friday those who gathered the manna needed to load up for two days because none of the white starchy stuff would appear with the due on the Sabbath. I think this just might be my clue.
So…..Sundays just got simpler with this planning:
- Kids shiny with black soccer knees scrubbed, clothes laid out down to the shoes.
- Breakfast planned
- Diaper bags, curriculum by the door.
- Sermon (if I’m preaching) printed, prayed up.
- My clothes picked out. Shower, hair and make-up before 7
- All Sunday meals are made on Saturday afternoon…or earlier if thawing from the freezer!…Wendy’s chili is always in my back pocket. Grace, sisters!
But, honestly? The heart prep is what ends up mattering most.
I’ve noticed that if I haven’t been in the Word, on Sunday mornings I feel like I’m slogging on empty through the service. The readings feel brittle and any seed I throw out lays flat. The goal is that all week long in the Word, my landscape is weeded and plowed up so the Spirit can easily do His creative work when the Body is gathered.
Preparation for me means consciously emptying of ego (aren’t I the center of the Universe?)and “the cares of the world” so that I can open-hands receive Him at the altar.
How do you prep for Sundays?
Rustic Potato Quiche from Cooking Light
2 bacon slices
1 cup chopped red potato
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup (2 ounces) Jarlsberg cheese
¼ cup thinly sliced green onions
1 ½ cups 1 low fat milk
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
3 large eggs
¼ tsp paprika
1. Preheat oven to 400.
2. Prebake crust at 400 for 10 minutes. Cool before filling.
3. Reduce oven temp to 375.
4. To prepare filling, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet; crumble. Add potato and chopped onion to bacon drippings in skillet; sauté 10 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat.
5. Arrange potato mixture, bacon, cheese, and green onions in prepared crust. Combine milk, ¼ tsp salt, pepper, and eggs; stir well with a whisk. Pour milk mixture into crust; sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted 1 inch from center comes out clean; let stand 10 minutes.
Yum. It really comes down to this: if it has bacon, we’re fans.