Hi Girlfriends! Welcome to the end of February!
I don’t know about you, but I’m thrilled to say adios to February and hello to March! These last few months have been especially hard for this “need a warmer climate” girl. The cold temperatures and lack of sunshine does a number on my productivity, energy, creativity, and desire.
But, I’m ready to come out of my hibernating cave and welcome spring! Is anytime else with me?!
An area that has been bringing me such joy this month has been the connection I have been having with all of you around the topic of self-care! Apparently, this topic resonates with a lot of women’s souls – mine included!
As we finish our time together talking about self-care, I would be reminsce not to bring up Sabbath rest.
While this topic is of utmost importance (I mean God did make it one of His commandements!), I come before you today not as an expert in Sabbath rest but as one that is convicted.
A conviction that, I myself, have not done enough to obey the Sabbath. This statement is not Angie being hard on herself. Rather, it is a statement that brings truth to how God is speaking to me directly.
Has God also placed this topic on your heart? Maybe you have no idea what Sabbath rest is.
Regardless of where you are in your faith walk, the message today is that God wants (and expects) you to obey the Sabbath rest. This faithfulness, however, does not come from an all-or-nothing approach where feelings of failure surface. Rather, this obedience comes with taking one faithful step towards choosing God over the world.
God’s Commands for Sabbath Rest
The message surrounding Sabbath rest is clear:
“Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.” Deuteronomy 5:12-14
”For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work; it is a sabbath to the Lord in all your dwellings.” (Leviticus 23:3)
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” (Exodus 20: 8-11)
”It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.” (Exodus 31:17).
Are You Following God or the World?
Do you see why I’m convicted? The message throughout the entire bible is clear – take one day each week and rest. Sounds so easy doesn’t it? I mean, it even sounds inviting? So, why is it so hard to do?
I suppose it has a lot to do with our overflowing lives where it takes all seven days to get all of our work done.
I also suspect it has to do with societies standards that we unconsciously surcome to.
Ater all, we live in a world where stores are now open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. And we work for bosses and corporations who expect a 55+ work week.
I often wonder if these corporations care about their employees wellbeing. Do they ever consider how this non-stop striving for financial gain negatively affects an employees physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing? Sadly, I do believe many corporations today are more interested in making a buck than caring for their employees wellbeing.
Whether the reasons for not obeying the Sabbath rest come down to others expectations or our own full plate, the choice comes down to us.
Do you follow God or do we follow the world?
Let’s decide today that obeying the Sabbath rest is more important than following this broken world.
But, what does this look like?
Obeying the Sabbath
This dear friends, I don’t have all the answers for you when it comes to abiding in the Sabbath. I am, after all, still learning myself.
But I do know that it is important and therefore, worth trying.
A few ways I have found success in taking a full day of rest is by:
1) Making a mental decision that regardless of what needs to be done on (x) day, I will simply rest. Laundry, you can wait. Work project, you can also wait. Cleaning that toilet – you definitely can wait! Making up my mind to abide in the Sabbath has helped me make it a priority.
2) Leave the house and do something fun! I know this might not the be solution for everyone, but it just might be the catalyst to get your head and mind around what a refreshed soul feels like. By leaving your house, you leave the duties of being an employee, wife, and mama behind and add in a day of fun. Who doesn’t want to take a break from life to do something fun?! Most of us do, but few of us actually follow through on this.
3) Start your day reading Scripture around Sabbath rest to remind yourself why it’s important. Journal around the anxieties and worries that plague you if these tasks are left untouched for an entire day. As you journal, surrender these anxieties over to God, asking him to give you a calm and peace-filled heart.
4) Finally, take one faithful step. Obeying the Sabbath is not unlike any other habit change. If you focus on an all-or-nothing approach, you surely will fail. If you focus on making one faithful step at a time, you most definitely will succeed. You see, obeying the Sabbath is not about perfectionism. It’s about trusting God – one step at a time – that all your needs will be met.
Dear friend, each moment of the day is a choice. I pray that you will join me in choosing God over the world.
Decide right now what day this week you will obey the Sabbath rest. When that day comes, make one faithful step after another to be restful. At the end of the day, take note on what your soul is telling you.
Praying you through,
If you know of a women’s event (conference, retreat, bible studies, book clubs, etc.) in need of a speaker, let me know! I would love to come talk to your group and talk about living life different, better, healthier! 🧡