Sunday evening sets in with some dread each week. Early alarm clocks and schedules are not my favorite. But… Monday morning brings routine, and I’m finding that if I prepare well enough, the routine isn’t to be feared, but to be embraced. Like what if I remember to put coffee in the coffee pot before I go to bed? It’s magical, I tell you, magical.
Sunday evening was the most exciting part of the weekend! My church, Harvest North Indy, is moving forward in faith to launch a campus in Anderson. Right now we’re gathering people who live in the area and inviting them to some vision nights and then last night was the first night of worship. I love the energy of starting something new! I also love more people being given the opportunity to say yes to Jesus and yes to church membership. I helped out in childcare for the evening, which is fun – lots of kiddos and chaos, but then I get to hand them back and come home to a quiet house.
This worship night followed an awesome sermon at church in the morning, which also served as a swift kick in the butt. Pastor Brian said from the pulpit, “We need to learn to love God and the things He cares about. His is not the natural inclination of our hearts.” True confession: I want to be about the things God cares about when they neatly fit into my schedule, and are convenient for me. But that is not the way of the Kingdom, if I’m an apprentice of King Jesus. My life can be so jam packed with stuff that I see the opportunities to serve as just another thing on my schedule. But, opportunities to serve, and other weekly obligations are worship – they’re WORSHIP – when done with the right heart and attitude.
Less you think I only did church related activities this weekend, I also played with make-up and drank margaritas.
My new friend Jill sells Younique Make-up and is throwing an online party for me right now to raise money for MLJ Adoptions. I went over to her house to try some of the products. Not only does Jill have the cutest kiddos, but she’s also a gracious host and the make-up is so much fun! My favorite products were the bronzer, the eyeliner, Younique’s famous mascara and the lip-gloss. If you’re looking to try some new make-up, I give you permission to spend some money on yourself – children with special needs will benefit, plus Younique has a product guarantee. I know shopping for new make-up online is a little bit scary, but if you don’t like the products, you can return them and get your money back.
Is there any better way to spend a Saturday night than with your besties drinking margaritas? What if I told you that my best friend made Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup dip, and doubled the recipe so we could take leftovers home? Oh man, the SnapChat filters that we were experimenting with were so fun, too. I love that my friends from college have turned into lifelong friends. We’ve transitioned from senior spring breaks and Bloomington bars to first apartments, first houses, graduate school and home-cooked meals. If you would have told me that three of us, who once crammed six girls into a hotel room for a whole week in Fort Lauderdale would sit around a beautiful kitchen table over four years later and spend fifteen minutes talking about the grocery stores we like best, I wouldn’t have believed you. But it’s so good, so good.
Just thinking through my weekend reminds me that I have so much to be thankful for. Hopefully I can focus on the gratitude and not the grind of getting back into my work week routine.
In case you missed it, Relevant published a piece I wrote about advocating for the orphan. I love writing, but what’s even better is being able to write about how others can be involved in caring for vulnerable people!