You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, June 8, 2014: Habits of Happiness: Relationships

By Dawn Kelley

She was just a tad bit annoying, and I knew that God put her in my life.

Mary was super needy and for some reason she clung to me. I was miserable! The conversations we had were one way so really they were just listening sessions. After awhile I began to tune her out. I was frustrated and downright worn out by her life, her chaos. I thought I was doing the right thing by being there, but I was missing a key component; I was missing joy. I was loving her from my head and not my heart. The sad thing is … I am just figuring this all out.

I haven’t been praying for Mary with Joy. My prayers have been pretty restless, and at the end of my prayers I have found myself asking, “How much longer God? How much longer do I have to endure this?”

I believe I got an answer while listening to Pastor Joe’s message when he encouraged us to abandon telling it like it is in favor of telling it like it could be.

I find my self being a little too blunt with Mary in telling it like it is. There have been many times, more than I care to say, that I have told it like it is and not how it could be. At the top of my prayer list is me, and my prayer is, “God, change my heart. Help me to love your creation the way you love us.”

Next is Mary. “Lord I want to see the amazing person that you created her to be; I want to see her through your eyes.”

I admit I haven’t prayed for Mary with joy; it has been more like an SOS call because I felt like I was going under!

I was praying for her out of complete fear that she would be in my life forever and she would never go away. But now I’m sensing the real problem was how I was viewing my relationship with her.

Pastor Joe said that nobody changes by nagging. What an eye opening thought, and the more I think on it the more I realized that I was doing just that.

After listening to the message I sat down and wrote a list of Mary’s wonderful qualities. It was amazing how much I found there that I really admire. Today I realized that I am honored to be Mary’s friend She is the daughter of the King!

I am challenged to pray for Mary with joy daily and to pray that God continues to change my heart.

Pastor Joe reminded us that God isn’t waiting for me to be perfect for Him to love me.

I can love Mary as I pray for her with joy and be more gracious towards her.

I can’t expect perfection. But I can expect a perfect Father to make the changes that need to be made in Mary … and in me.


Dawn Kelley is the wife of Andrew and the homeschooling mother of four, Jaden, Niya, Makayla and Aiden. She loves to read and write in her spare time, and she currently uses a personal blog to share her adventures in motherhood and womanhood.


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