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Sabbath Moment Words

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

Currently, I am playing 7 games of Words with Friends on my i phone.   I am no whiz at it but I do enjoy coming up with words from the letters I have ‘drawn’.   None of my opponents play for big points either so the back and forth construction of words is almost like a conversation and when a big score pops up we cheer each other on. 

I love the name of this game ‘Words with Friends’ probably because I love to have conversations with friends – and even strangers who are not yet friends.  Sabbath Moments can be like this game.  In the time I spend with God I am sharing Words with Friends, the most trusted Friend I will ever have in my life.  God gives me the letters to turn into the words of my life. 

The letters and words of my life come together to form thoughts, relationships and circumstances. My Sabbath Moments are filled with such as these.   Sometimes the words are full of joy, grace and peace and sometimes they are filled with anguish, despair and pain.  And God receives them all never looking to use them against me, to make me feel like these words in that moment will define me in the next or to trounce me with a triple word comeback.  God’s words come back filled with grace, love and mercy.   And, yes, sometimes those words of God’s challenge me to choose very carefully which words I will use next.

Here’s what I’ve learned in my Sabbath Moments Words with God.  If I don’t use the words that are in front of me at the moment, then I am not able to receive the words that God has for me in return.  And sometimes those words can give me a triple letter, triple word score that lifts me out of the doldrums and into lofty living only possible when sharing Sabbath Moments with God. 

How about you?  What have you learned in your Sabbath Moments with God? 

As you enter into your Sabbath Moments with God this week pay attention to the words that come to you to share with God and that God shares back with you. 

And enjoy your time playing your own Words with God throughout the week. 

“men and women do not live by bread only; we live by every word that comes from God’s mouth.”  Dt. 8.3 The Message

Blessings,

Nancy

 

 

Sabbath Moment Gift

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

My husband begins our morning blessing with the words, “O God, thank you for the gift of this day” and then he goes on to pray that we would have the eyes to see the gifts and the heart to celebrate them.   It really is a great reminder each day that God has blessed us with another sunrise and that day before us holds gifts we cannot even imagine as we eat our toast and sip our coffee.

Sabbath Moments are truly moments of celebration when we take time throughout the day  to acknowledge the gifts of the day by opening our eyes and our hearts to the beauty of God working in our lives.

What if for the next week you took three Sabbath Moments a day to stop and celebrate the gifts of the day that you are experiencing or have experienced? Think of them as mini joy breaks.  Begin to look at your day as a series of opportunities to see God at work and then to acknowledge them to God.  Be creative in how you celebrate or just say a simple thank you, but in each joy break name the gift and see the beauty of it for you, for others or for the world.   Maybe even keep a journal or them or note them on your calendar.  At the end of the week you may have an entirely new perspective on how God is working in your life and in the life of the world. 

Here’s a gift to get your started:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him.”  John 3.16-17

Be blessed,

Nancy

Sabbath Moments vs Social Media

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

This may not apply to all of you but to many of you it will strike a chord.  The University of Chicago just came out with a study that says the urge to check tweets, your facebook page or log in is stronger than the urge for sex or nicotine.  Like I said this may or may not apply to you!  However,  what may apply to you is that you are a work-a-holic and you never take a moment off.  

My Sabbath Moment challenge this week is to unplug, unhook, or just STOP the time wasters or overworking and use that time for your Sabbath Moments this week.    Plug God into your social media time slot and think about what you would write to God on your page or in a tweet.  Concentrate on God as your friend, your best friend.  

For those of you who do not do social media or overwork relax into your time with God this week.  There may be a discussion you need to be having.  There may be a dilemma you need help with.  There may be a week worth of gratitude you need to express.  Or, use this passage from The Message and reflect on it, how it applies to your life, and where your prayer takes you….

                         ” Silence is praise to you, Zion dwelling God, and also obedience.  You hear the prayer in it all.”  Psalm 65.1-2

Have a great week of being unplugged from the world-wide web and plugged into the web-master of the world.

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Jeremiah 6.15

Be blessed,

Nancy

The Urgency of Sabbath Moments

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

I had the distinct privilege of experiencing my first tornado watch this week.  Fortunately, no tornado materialized here but those in Adairsville, Ga were not as fortunate.  My prayers are with those people who lost so much on Wednesday morning. 

As I sat watching the TV, which by the way had non stop weather coverage from 10 am until 7 pm Wednesday, the radar gave a detailed picture of how the storms were moving.  Whenever they detected a wind rotation an immediate tornado watch was issued.  And I must admit it lulled me into a false sense of control.  I didn’t realize how fast those rotations can develop…as you will see.

I was pretty fixated on the TV because they had been forecasting severe weather in our area between 12 and 2.  At 12:30 I was getting ready to go pick Arianna up from Pre-K and there was nothing going on in our area so I felt confident that I was clear to go pick her up.  About one mile from my apartment and still about 8 miles from her, the tornado sirens went off.  I froze for an instant…what should I do?  All morning the weather folks have been saying don’t go out and if you are in your car seek shelter immediately.  Did that apply to me?  (Honest that was exactly my thought at the time). 

So what did I do?  Kept driving.  I called my daughter to get her advice and she was on the road too.  We decided that it was best to get to our destinations if possible and I could always stop at her house on my way to school if it got bad.  She has lived through a few of these and said most of the time no tornado forms and this is just a precaution.  However, she added, you will know if it gets real black and the air feels eerie.  Yeah, right!  But again I was confident and all I wanted to do was be with Arianna. 

As I made the turn to within 1 mile of her the sky turned black, the rain was coming in sheets, the lightening was hitting fast and I imagined my car flying through the air and landing on top of a witch on a bike.   And the other part of my brain was saying loud and clear “If this is a tornado, I have to be with Ari.  I need to be with Ari.” 

Well, I made it and went into the school where the kids had been put into an inside room awaiting what we had been predicted as a 1:16 arrival.  It was 1:10.   I sat on the floor next to Ari, who acted nervous but I wasn’t sure if it was because of the unusual routine or the fact that Bobby, her ‘boy’ friend, was sitting next to her. I began to pray silently that God would protect this group of little children and spare the community while simultaneously praying that all tornadoes would dissipate and no more loss would be incurred that day. 

Suddenly, the lights went out and someone said “it’s here.”  Before I could even react the lights went back on – not because the power had been miraculously restored but because someone had leaned on the light switch!  But it was here and as we waited nothing happened.  Thank you, Jesus.  

A tremendously heavy rainstorm hit but no tornado.  After about another 10 minutes parents began taking their kids home.  Before we left, Ari and I went to the bathroom. 🙂  

All of this is to say that those thoughts of having to be with Ari reminded me of how important she is to me and how powerful the pull was to be in her presence.  It also is a great description of how we can approach our Sabbath Moments. 

Is there a powerful pull to be in God’s presence?  How often do you feel that compulsion to be with God?  Sabbath is a time for us to experience that desire to be with God and only God and to be as close as we possibly can be. 

May that force be with you everyday

Blessings,

Nancy

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