We have never read family devotions together before. It's something we should have done years ago but never did. I have really wanted to get this started for some time now. I received the devotional book for Christmas and today was our first day! I am using The One year Book of Family Devotions.
I really enjoyed today's devotion. It talked about your heart being prepared for worship on Sundays. How important it is that we get to church with the right attitudes and on time instead of being rushed. It talked about ways that we can make Sunday mornings go more smoothly. Getting into bed at a decent time on Saturday night, laying out clothes the night before and so on.
We struggle greatly with Sunday mornings. We have went into church so many times frustrated, stressed and just plain tired many mornings. How can we truly get much out of church if we enter with those attitudes? I have had times of barely being able to stay awake during the sermon. And no, it wasn't what was being preached about. :) It was just from not getting enough rest. That in turn led to oversleeping, leading to everyone being cranky and difficult.
Yesterday we were actually early for the first time in a while. Wow! What a difference it made! I want to do that every Sunday! It's going to be my goal to get plenty of rest on Saturday nights and do any of the things I can to get ready for Sunday morning the night before.
Verse for the day:
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100:4 (New Living Translation)