#slowitdownSunday / this is how it feels to be FREE

Several weeks ago, I challenged myself to actually prepare for worship…slow down on the Sabbath.

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I’ve never actually prepared much.

For anything.

I’m one of the world’s worst procrastinators.

But, I felt a stirring in my soul to get this right for once in my life. There were so many things pointing at being prepared and setting aside intentional time for rest.

What did I actually do after writing about it??

Here goes our family’s Sabbath rest update:

  • Sunday lunch prepared on Saturday to warm up easily after church (CHECK)
  • All church music prepared and ready to go on Saturday evening, not 5 minutes before church starts (CHECK)
  • All live worship music ready and prepared on Wednesday evening so the musicians can be ready (CHECK)
  • A family that arrived for Sunday School 5 MINUTES EARLY!!!! Woooohooooo!!! (CHECK CHECK CHECK)

Yes. This is progress.

And maybe even a miracle.

My entire mindset was different this morning at church.

I came prepared. I came calm. I came hungry and thirsty to be in the presence of Jesus.

What I didn’t expect?

That the readiness and calmness would pour over into our choir and into our congregation. Now, wait. I’m not saying it was all because I was ready. Nope. It has nothing to do with me, in some ways. The Spirit of God moves exactly how and when He is ready.

But, I am saying that as a worship leader, what I give off directly feeds those around me.

If I feed off distractions and grumpiness and hurriedness, I feel that from others.

Today I felt a sweet aroma of praise.

And God met us there in that amazing time of worship.

I’m so encouraged, I think I’ll just #slowitdownSunday and try it again next week!!

As I sat basking in God’s presence at church today, this song came to my mind:

To see that life can be more than I imagined…this is how it feels to be free!!! yEah!!!

How about you? What can you do to prepare for worship and rest each week?

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