Welcome to my Monday Morning Mess! I’ve been up since a little before this hit the blog, and boy, Monday’s really aren’t that bad (coming from a guy whose work week begins at 6:30pm on Sunday evenings)!
This weekend was a good weekend, full of fun, fellowship, and the word of God. Friday, after the last of our girls got picked up by their parents, we took a family trip to my wife’s favorite crafting store, Hobby Lobby! It turned out to I stayed in the car with a sleeping baby while my wife took the other three into the store trip (which really isn’t that unusual for us). I scared myself awake (yes, I napped a little in the car) as the way I positioned myself to nap caused my head to dip forward, hitting the steering wheel, causing the horn to honk. The adrenaline from that kept me going for a while! But, it was fun.
Saturday came along, and we really didn’t do that much until after lunch, when my wife read over my sermon notes and pointed out to me that, while everything I had down was biblically sound, it didn’t fit with Paul’s meaning of what he had written in the first century to the churches in Galatia. Despite my frantic frustration, I had to assure my wife that I have been blessed by God with a wife who knows enough about theology and doctrine to see that and not be afraid to point that out to me. I was also grateful in that, as I looked at it, she was right. It was a truly humbling experience to me. That evening, we had dinner at Panera with some new friends and had an amazing time of fellowship, until my kids got too cranky and nearly got us kicked out (we found it funny). My kids lasted almost three hours at Panera, ages two through nine, without freaking out until the very end. Praise the Lord it was a blessing!
Sunday morning, while I wasn’t filling pulpit supply, I did guest preach at my home church, Transformation Church in South Chicago Heights, preaching on The Truth of the Gospel from Galatians 1:10-2:14. The service went well and the preaching of God’s Word seemed to be well received by the saints worshiping at Transformation Church. I enjoyed the day. And, after the service, my pastor finally got me my ordination certificate (yay!).
To finish off Sunday, our work week began again, getting back to the house-parent grind, working and ministering to the kids that we help care for throughout the school year.
So, this weekend was a good, fruitful weekend, one with wonderful and, Lord willing, eternal impacts on the lives of many people! My prayer now is that my week goes as well as this past weekend! Regardless, I seek to, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, ESV).
Soli Deo Gloria