Rest-olutionize your Faith

We live in a world that is constantly trying to find ways to do things better or faster, decease a world that doesn’t seem to ever slow down. We all have way too much to do. Yet God tells us not to confirm to the patterns of this world (Rom 12:2) and to stop working for one day each week (Ex 20:8).

A couple of years ago, ailment our family started to really focus on implementing the principle of keeping the Sabbath holy in our home. It started off kind of awkward, not really sure what to do or not to do on this holy of days. Over time, we have gotten into a non-legalistic rhythm that works well for our family, most of the time. Taking the simple step of obedience to practice the Sabbath has revolutionized my faith.

We typically observe Sabbath on Friday or Saturday because those are the days when no one in our family has to go to work or school. If we are taking Sabbath on Friday, we will start Thursday at sundown. My favorite way to start is with a baby-sitter and date night, but that doesn’t always happen.

My Dos & Don’ts
I don’t work, cook or clean. With three little children, this is NOT easy. It requires preparation especially because I like to start with a clean house. Think crock pot breakfast, picnic lunch and a pre-made dinner that you can just pop in the oven. Paper plates & plasticware is how we roll because I have a hard time relaxing with dishes stacked in the sink.

I do play, laugh and pray. The day of rest has been essential in strengthening my relationship with my husband and children. I am so grateful for our uninterrupted time together. However, Sabbath is primarily a day to focus on God and my relationship with Him. During the kids naptime in the afternoon, I allow myself an extended quiet time to really sit and try to hear God’s voice. Observing the Sabbath deepens my dependency on the Lord because there are many times when I have a heavy workload and don’t think that I have time to rest. However, whenever I take that step of obedience, He somehow lightens my load or helps me to be more productive during the other days of the week. When we honor God by keeping the Sabbath holy, He blesses it. (Ex 20:11)

If you aren’t already doing so, experiment with the Sabbath in your home. It isn’t going to be as perfect as you may want it to be, but that is when grace comes in. As you practice, remember Jesus’ words in Mark 2:27, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”