Sabbath with 2 B’s or 1?

With her newly acquired reading skills our six year-old daughter enjoys reading a book by herself after we have tucked her in at night. Who knows if it is really the thrill of reading or if getting to have her light on longer than her brother is what truly drives this desire!

We give her a few minutes and then call to her letting her know it is time to turn off her light and go to sleep. Grateful for the extra time and feeling her body tug for rest she usually just responds with a sweet, “Ok Mom” and clicks the light off.

This week I had the privilege of attending a women’s conference where our amazing speaker challenged us to flourish.

She, of course, gave us great nuggets and mental challenges on being women willing to flourish. The greatest challenge: are you obeying the Sabbath?

How many of us really obey the commandment to honor the Sabbath? Or are you like me and do a sort of “Sabbath-Lite”, like a Sabbath with one B.

Do you intentionally set aside a day in your week to rest? Where you purposely make that day look different than the other six?

Could you put your phone down for a day? Leaving behind email, texts, phone calls calendars and social media? Could you leave your computer turned off?

Her challenge question was this, “What would you do for 24 hours if all you wanted was joy?” Let that question sink in.

We choose these busy lives and God has given us an amazing gift in the Sabbath.

I think it is time for us to obey. He has commanded the Sabbath because he knows we need it. We should be grateful for the time, acknowledge we feel our bodies tug for the pursuit of rest and with a sweet response say, “OK Lord”!

“Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27, (NASB)”


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