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Ahh the weekend…what a glorious time the weekend is. Whether you work a “regular” nine to five job, or you do any kind of “regular” job that doesn’t involve working on the weekends, there is a very real possibility that you and I share the same affinity for Friday through Sunday.

I am fortunate enough to work four days a week, Monday through Thursday, and I say often that it has ruined me forever, I will never again be able to work a five-day work week. I am also fortunate to love what I do for work, so that makes the work-week 100 times better than if I didn’t enjoy my job.

Let’s talk about what I love about the weekend most, shall we?

The freedom of a flexible schedule. I know this will soon change as we will have our child this summer, but for now, my husband and I thoroughly enjoy sleeping in together on the weekends. 9:30 a.m. is so much nicer on my eyes than my usual 6 a.m. wake up call the other four days of the week.

Being able to wake up at our own pace and get the day started however quickly, or not quickly, we choose is a luxury we enjoy. Others may enjoy waking up early and not having to be anywhere for hours, and to them I say “Good for you, do what you wish with your weekend!”

However, when we go home to visit family, we wake up earlier, of course, because our time is typically limited.

Whether my husband and I have loosely planned our day around cleaning the house or doing yard work, I thoroughly enjoy the fact that what we do on the weekend is almost entirely up to us and how we’re feeling.

Brunch. Brunch never happens during the work week. The closest thing to brunch that I experience during the work week is looking at my clock, thinking it must be close to lunch time and it’s only 9:30 a.m., so I eat a quick snack in order to make it to lunch.

My favorite brunch item is a nice waffle. I like waffles in any form. Top it with something sweet, something savory, fruit, you name it, chances are I will love it.

I feel adventurous at brunch time. Will I order a breakfast item? Will I order a lunch item? How about both! Surely I don’t need to further explain my affinity for this specific mealtime…

Probably my favorite thing about weekends however is the increased time I get to spend with the people I love.

I am my happiest when I am spending quality time with my family, which is usually done on the weekends.

Because our family lives two hours up the Turner Turnpike, we primarily see them on the weekends. I always leave Tulsa with my heart full, marking on my calendar the next convenient date for a return trip to see them.

Now, while I love the weekend, I do advise you to take caution. Looking forward to things can be both good and bad. While it’s great to have something on which to set your eyes, the bad part about looking forward to things so expectantly is that we miss the other four days a week hoping for Friday.

This is something that, many times in my life, I have caught myself doing and tried to correct immediately. If we’re not careful we’ll always be so focused on the next thing, leaving ourselves unable to appreciate the present.

In my life, for many years it was looking forward to college, then looking forward to graduating, then looking forward to marriage, buying a home, having children, etc. All of the sudden, it wouldn’t be hard to look up and my/your life has flashed before your eyes, and you haven’t fully enjoyed each stage because you were always looking to the next. This is something I’ve heard previous generations warn against, which is why I’m passing it on because it resonated really well with me.

While I most definitely look forward to the weekend, some weeks more than others, I encourage and challenge you just like I do to myself, to be present in the time or period of life where God has you at this moment.

It may not seem like the most glamorous time, and it may even be a time that you would give an arm or leg to be done with already, but God has you there for a reason. Try to seek His face and seek His will in these times especially. It could be a great period of growth that you may be missing.

We have to learn to go through the Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays God has placed in our lives, otherwise we won’t be able to fully enjoy the weekends of life.

Don’t you think if every day were the weekend, we wouldn’t enjoy them as much? Just a little food for thought on your Monday afternoon.

Happy Monday to you friends, and as always, thank you for reading!