I recently listened to a podcast episode called “Thinking Differently About Sabbath”, and I loved the concepts discussed. The guest was Shelly Miller, and this was the God Centered Mom podcast by Heather MacFadyen.
I’m going to share with you some of the notes I took. It was actually one that I listened to while I was doing some sort of household chore, and then I went back and listened again to take notes. It was that good.
- sabbath – to cease; to stop; also to celebrate
- The concept of “sabbath” was the first time God referred to something as Holy.
- Holy = set apart
- Time set apart to focus on my relationship with Jesus… it’s different than my daily quiet time with Him; this is intentional
- “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30
- What is easy and light for me? What’s easy and light for me, might be heavy and burdensome for others. Ex. Some may find being with others and playing to be easy and light. Exercize may be easy and light for one, but feel like work to another.
- The way we rest is unique to us. We shouldn’t try to rest the same way that the people around us rest.
- The main focus of sabbath is to give God your attention.
- Prepare for Sabbath… ex. Crock pot meal, paper goods instead of dishes to wash, etc. Pull out those tricks when you are planning to sabbath.
- There are no rules or boundaries of Sabbath. It doesn’t have to be a specific day or time. Sundays may be work days for those in the ministry or others so it may not be the best time. Maybe it’s Thursday afternoons from 2-5pm for you?
- “Rhythms of Rest” – Rhythms adapt. They are intentional, but they adapt. So if you have a “plan” to have a sabbath and time of rest, but something comes up, you can adapt and do it at a different time.
- Let Sabbath be the goal. Prepare for it in your week. What can you do now so that you will have time for sabbath?
- Prepare for it like you would a date. Make a plan. Set a time. Anticipate.
- What may start out like a sacrifice or surrender, will end up feeling like the greatest gift you can’t wait to open each week.
Does this inspire you like it did me? I’d love to hear about how you will plan to make Sabbath a part of your week. I’m looking forward to being more intentional about this Rhythm of Rest and Sabbath in my life for sure.