image1By: Emily Sitdikova

Do you ever wake up on a Sunday morning after a long night of restless tossing and turning, a late night Saturday out with friends, a bed-wetting accident at 3:00am or endless hours of comforting babies with bad dreams? Do you ever think – maybe today, just this one time, I’ll just sleep in and be lazy all day long, eat a late brunch and let the kids watch cartoons while I marinade in these warm sheets? Well, this ‘Sunday Syndrome’ happens to me almost weekly and coincidentally, I sit here early Sunday morning writing at 4:30 am after my son decided it was time to wake up for the day.

I know there are many great reasons to go to church, including spiritual growth, supporting other followers and also gaining support from them, praising God with awesome praise and worship music, being inspired by a great sermon for a new stressful week ahead and setting aside time in our busy weeks to just be in God’s House. Now for all the personal benefits of church, there is one (well, two) pressing reasons that I roll out of bed, start the coffee, pick an outfit that is semi-clean with no visible boogies or food stains from my baby girl and load up the car by 8:35 am – my kids.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it”. Proverbs 22:6

Of all the amazing moms out there, God chose ME to raise strong Liam and sweet Olivia in his image. It is12143294_10100848293999159_4673513385735466201_n my responsibility to love them, teach them and lead them to the best of my ability. I remember frequently feigning a fever when I was younger that happened to appear every Sunday morning and my parents were adamant we all go to church as a family every week, not falling for my less that convincing acting skills at the ripe old age of 11.

Liam is old enough to be in Sunday School now and it is so special to me when he leaves church for the day with a new bible story, bible song, artwork or verse he learned. I want to make sure he starts on the right path from the get-go with as much support from church family as I can get! God led me to the perfect church for our family about 18 months ago and we are so blessed that there is such a focus on the children’s ministry there. The 30 minute drive each way is a good chance to clear my head on the way there, or contemplate what I learned on the way home.

All families are different with different circumstances, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord … even after long nights, bed-wetting, bad dreams, early risers and late nights! (Granted, I’m no angel and sometimes I do cave to my weakness and stay in pajamas until 1:00 pm – all the more evidence I need Jesus every second of every minute of each day!)