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A Sabbath

July 26, 2012

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.  Isaiah 30:15

When we started this website, we asked our dear friend, Pastor Debbie, to cover us in prayer and we asked for her input and advice.  A few weeks later she sent us an email telling us we needed to write about being prepared for a weekly Sabbath by cooking ahead, having family time, etc.  Such a great idea!  We really ought to focus some of our preparedness to the Sabbath.  We tucked the idea away to write about later.  That was the Holy Spirit’s whisper.

You know how if your children don’t respond to your whisper, you have to talk louder and louder until they can hear you?

Yeah.  That.

At The Reformation of Food and The Family Conference everywhere we turned there was this message: Sabbath.  Rest.  Shabbat.  Kristina, my mom and I would all go to different sessions and when we met up afterwards we all got the same download from God: You need to prepare for the Sabbath.  At first it was like, “Oh, that’s good.”  Then it was like, “Wow!  Again?  OK, Lord.”  By the third day we were like, “YES, LORD!  WE’LL DO IT!”  To top it all off, our sister-friend who helped look after my children while I was gone told me when I got home, “We need to start observing the Sabbath.  We can gradually start working it into our weekly rhythms.”

The same Spirit says the same thing.

Now, we will not be addressing which day you have to observe as your Sabbath.  We have readers from many different religious traditions.  What we all can agree on is the necessity of taking that day of rest to honor your faith, your family, and even your own spirit.  You decide what day that is.

Our world is so go, go, go.  We don’t rest, really, ever.  Even when we are on vacation we are rushing around!  Even when we have a free afternoon we are being overstimulated by the television, the computer, the cell phone.  In the middle of all this whirring activity, God is telling us to take some time to rest.

How can this be done?  We believe it is by applying the same intentionality we have been applying to our food choices and emergency preparedness.  When it all comes down, we have to be intentional!  As Nancy Campbell says over and over, “Things don’t just happen.  You have to make them happen.”  She went on to say that if you just wait around for something to happen you’ll be waiting until the new millennium.  Along with being intentional about observing a day of rest, it also takes preparation.  As mothers of young children we can’t just wake up on Sunday and say, “Hey, today we will rest!”  There are too many mouths to feed and church shoes to find!  It takes preparation!

So, as we begin working new rhythms into our family life, we’ll let you take a peek into our chaos preparations.  We’ll be blogging about what we’ve learned and what we are learning about making the Sabbath a day of rest and worship, a day for family, fellowship and acts of mercy.

We’d love to hear from you!  How does your family observe a day of rest?

(Linked to Tiny Tip Tuesday)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Donna Godfrey permalink
    July 26, 2012 6:14 pm

    I like to make a good breakfast. Since we seldom leave mom alone and all the neighbors go to church we settle in and watch our former church in Florida on a live stream.
    I warm up what we cooked on Sat. about 3-4…….other than that we read, if it is not too hot we go for a walk here on the property…back to the spring fed spring. I may sew a bit and we may watch some TV. It is indeed the day we take for relaxation, worship and getting over Sat. which is a fresh market day for us as vendors.

  2. sk* permalink
    July 26, 2012 6:16 pm

    I do them all! I can’t vote for ONE!

    • Leona permalink
      July 26, 2012 9:11 pm

      That is what I was thinking, we do more then just 1… But I voted on our most popular 😉

  3. Elizabeth permalink
    July 27, 2012 11:40 am

    We go with the plan ahead. There is not a lot of time Sunday because there is church, then Sunday School and the before and between and after times. So that is 8:30 to noon, then back again at 6p for youth group and evening service.

    So breakfast is easy stuff, homemade bread for toast, sometimes I will have made sweetrolls along with the bread. When we get home the dinner goes in the oven to bake, or in summer when hot the cold salads come out of the fridge. We have a little more free time now that all the children are grown, so not so many to get ready in the am or to youth group. The time in between is for the newspaper, reading, watching the Packers if they are on, writing letters, maybe go canoeing or visiting a state park, getting together with friends or family.

    In my family growing up we did not do laundry, shop, go to movies, etc on a Sunday. The stores were actually closed too (no longer, nowadays). We try to avoid those activities still.

    The Sunday noon meal, though more likely to be about 1:30p is our main meal. We almost always have at least one extra person, sometimes the children come home, my mother…I always prepare for extra. I do not do an “organized” evening meal, as my children would call it. It is find leftovers and fend for yourself. It is usually pretty light as by then is about 7:30, 8p.


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