It’s before daylight that I awake; every day. It is rare for me to sleep in. I love taking the time to awake early, wash up, put on coffee and have about a half hour of quiet, devotional time. This is every day.
Sundays are Busy at Our House
With Dearest being a preacher, Sundays are a very busy day. I know that I am preparing for our day, so is he. After I’ve had my moment of solitude and silence – I greet him and give him some juice. Then I begin to prepare for the remainder of the day.
Preparation begins days before
What makes a day serene to me? Preparation and cleanliness. Either the day before or a couple of days before, I’ve thoroughly cleaned our house so that the only thing I need to do on Sunday is to make up our bed (a daily must for me) and to wipe down counters in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Sunday Dinner Prepared Ahead
Sunday dinners are always prepared ahead – they’re always a big meal and perhaps the one we sit down to at our dining table to eat. Always. I have a routine of meals I rotate on Sundays starting from either roasted chicken, pork loin, beef roast or lasagna. Then I set the meal around that – with a starch and two vegies – one might be a salad. There will always be bread – Dearest just loves biscuits. Occasionally, there will be dessert or fruit. There will be enough so that we can either warm up a plate later that night or make sandwiches.
Clothing Always Chosen…laundry caught up
Not only do I like the house cleaned ahead, but I also make sure the laundry is caught up. I call that our never ending story. It seems there’s always something in the laundry basket; but for the most part – laundry is caught up – no looking for socks or sweaters! My outfits are always selected ahead too.
Time to Rest and Enjoy
After church and lunch, we enjoy each other’s company. It is a wonderful time for us to catch up with each other; to tell stories and to connect. Then we might take a nap; I’ve learned the value of a nap! Or, we may do a project or work in the garden…only enough to thoroughly enjoy – not make into a chore.
I love to plan the week ahead – know where I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to do. I’m working more with calendars and notices on my phone and IPad…If I’ve prepared myself I don’t have to wonder what’s next, where I’m supposed to be or what I’m supposed to accomplish.
Serenity in life is not only in planning, but also in decision. We cannot control every thing that happens to us, but we most certainly can choose how we act – not react. I love serenity at this point in my life….I plan on it.