There are (many) Sundays I don't make it to worship with my local church. It is one of the factors of living with chronic illness. (On that note, I'm so thankful God meets us wherever we are with His truths and we can sing praises to Him from the shower or the kitchen or the car: it doesn't have to be in a church building surrounded by dozens of other people.)
But there are the nearly perfect Sundays like today that include...
...God waking me up in time for church
...worshiping surrounded by my grandma, brother, sister-in-law, and (cutest, sweetest, handsomest, awesomest) nephew
...playing with cute kids in the nursery
...having my brother, sister-in-law, and (cutest, sweetest, handsomest, awesomest) nephew over for a leisurely lunch
...lounging in the family room for hours just laughing and chatting and snuggling the (cutest, sweetest, handsomest, awesomest) little guy
It really doesn't get much better than this...
...sitting on the floor with my sweet golden retriever in my lap
...reading a good book, sipping tea, and listening to soft music
...sucking up my pride and going to Bible study in my yoga pants (sometimes it's all I can handle wearing against my belly...yay Crohn's)
...sitting in a circle of Jesus-loving women at all stages of life and learning God's truths and sharing from the heart and praying together
...getting a quick load of laundry done
...writing (a.k.a. therapy and creativity and healing and life-breathing typing for Naomi's soul)
After working a fifty-hour week, it's what I needed.
I needed to be reminded of life's priorities...of the need for a break from work and media and just running around like a crazy woman.
This past week it has been hitting me hard that I need to slow down and focus on loving and intentionally listening to and caring for others. (Why is this so hard to do?) There are always a hundred things to do (and living with constant illness and pain is an additional part-time job) but I find myself always rushing to the next thing, focused on my schedule and to-do list, and not on taking those extra five minutes to chat with someone or write a quick note or make a phone call.
When my life is over, it won't matter if the bathroom got cleaned on Wednesday night; it won't matter if I was five minutes late for my self-imposed deadline to be somewhere; it won't matter if my bedroom got vacuumed; it won't even matter if I had to grab a pair of jeans out of the dirty laundry to go to work on Monday morning (I just heard all those gasps of horror, people, but I heard even more grunts of agreement).
What will matter is how I loved and how I lived. I want to love well.
So here's to a Monday and week that is love focused and people focused.
(Here is a post I read earlier this week that spoke straight the center of my heart... Why Slowing Down is Paramount if We're Ever to be the Body.)