As a mom of three children, and a Christian, it is important for me to have my kids grow up in the church. To me church isn’t just about the building, it’s a community of people gathering together to support each other in their spiritual journeys. I believe you can be a Christian without going to church, but I also believe that I need the community to continue to grow in my faith. With that said, I don’t go to church every Sunday and I refuse to feel bad about it.
There are many reasons why we don’t go to church every Sunday. Sometimes I have sick kids, sometimes Austen is having a bad seizure day. Sometimes though? I’m just tired, and I want Sunday to feel like a day of rest. So we stay home and go slow.
Yesterday we stayed home because we had family leaving early in the morning and pictures scheduled for the afternoon. Sunday’s are supposed to be easy and ours was already looking hectic. Missing church meant we got to slow down and spend time as a family. We were able to rest.
I used to feel guilty about missing church, that it made me a bad Christian or a bad mother. I refuse to think like that now.
My goal is to teach my children the key values of the Christian faith. But I also want to teach them to take care of themselves. Christianity isn’t about a rigid schedule, it’s about a relationship with their Savior.
I’m not saying this to make it seem that I have some higher understanding of my faith. But as moms we have a tendency to feel a lot of guilt. Guilt about our homes, what our kids eat, where we go on vacation. Everything. It’s not fair to us, and we need to learn to let it go.
Life isn’t perfect, it never will be, but we do our best. That’s all we can do. Sometimes that might look like popcorn for lunch, sometimes it might look like skipping church every once in