I didn’t go to church today

That’s right.  I didn’t go to church today.  Judge me if you want 🙂

It’s not that I didn’t want to go to church.  Sunday morning services have been a staple of my life since I was born.  I love to worship my Savior in a gathering of people.  It feeds my soul.

But today I needed a different kind of soul food — the kind that smells like fresh brewed coffee, toasted pecans, banana bread in the oven and chicken stewing in a big pot on the stove.  A day that is filled with anticipation of a family dinner around the table.  The warm heart that comes with feeding others feeds my soul.

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After several very busy weeks at work and at home, today was a day to rest and refresh my spirit. You might not think that baking banana bread and stewing chicken sound like “rest.” But for me, rest often involves creating something.  Trying new recipes, creating a hearty dinner and enjoying a meal with others are things that satisfy me and they fill up my spirit as well as my stomach.

My soul needed space today.  When I fill my weekends with too much activity, I jump into Mondays with a feeling of dread.  I become overwhelmed before I even get to work.  When my soul starts the week empty, I find myself short-tempered and less able to invest in others.  When I take time to feed my soul on the weekends, I move through my work-week with a soul full of grace. Then grace is able to overflow onto the people I spend my 9 to 5 with.

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More often than not, my weekend soul food includes going to church where I’m challenged to grow in my faith and I raise my voice in song with others to worship our Savior.  Today, I celebrate the freedom I have to be at home, feeding my soul in a different way.

What feeds your soul?  Whatever it is, make time and space for it this week.  Do something you love and celebrate it.

 

 

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