How to “Sabbath” (with Free Printable!)

“In the Bible, we see Jesus taking time to be alone and refuel. This is especially apparent after times of busyness, such as when he fed five thousand people. Our commitments should not overrun our lives to the point that we don’t take care of ourselves. Quiet time to invest in ourselves and become restored is incredibly important.”
-Jessica N. Turner from The Fringe Hours

This reminds me of the concept of “Sabbathing”. 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.

So basically, Sabbath which means “to stop; to cease; and to celebrate” should be something that is intentional and planned for – something we anticipate. It is the first time in the Bible that God called something Holy or “set apart”.   It is to be anticipated just like you would a date with your spouse. You set a date on the calendar, and you have to make some arrangements to make it happen. Maybe you have to call a sitter for your kids or something like that? Sabbath is the same way. It’s something we should plan for and prepare for. Maybe it’s by preparing a CrockPot meal so you don’t have too much cooking to do or by pulling out a basket of disposable dishes and cutlery so there are less dishes to wash? Think about what you can do ahead of time to really make the most of your Sabbath time.

Then, when your time to Sabbath arrives, really make the most of it! This is more than just your regular quiet times during the week. This is bonus time – it can be a special date with you and God. Sure, you talk to him every day and hear what He says to you, but take this time and make it extra special somehow. Add in some extra worship that you can’t always make time for in the week. Do a little deeper Bible study. When your time is over, you will feel so refreshed and rejuvenated and ready for your week.

Maybe your whole family will use this time to Sabbath too, in their own ways of course, or maybe all of you Sabbath at different times during the week because it works out better. As I learned in this Podcast, your Sabbath does not have to be on Sunday. If Sundays are busy days for you in the ministry or with work or something else, find another time in the week that works better for you. No problem! What a relief to know that, right?

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.

How to Sabbath Free Printable

 

Thinking Differently About Sabbath

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.