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Sabbath Sabotage

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

Remember when Paul wrote the good that I know I should do I don’t….

Well, he wasn’t alone.  How come we know the things that will bring us inner peace and calm yet don’t practice it?

Today I got an email from Spirituality and Health listing the top 5 ways to bring about inner calm.  Since I can be sucker for an easy fix I read them hoping to find something in that list of 5 that would grab me with a loud “AHA! That’s what I’ve been missing.”  Instead, the list consisted of five things I have heard about for years…refocusing your senses, deep breathing, guided meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and floating thoughts down a stream.Relaxation

These suggestions have been around longer than I have been getting stressed.  And then it dawned on me…

Maybe I should be doing them instead of looking for something new and different!

Which raised another thought…why don’t I do them on a regular basis if they are tried and true?  (because in truth I don’t)

Which raised another thought…why don’t I and our very stressed out culture do the things that make for calm instead of  complaining about how busy and stressed out we are?

Deep breathing, silent meditation, muscle relaxation have been shown to induce relaxation and relieve stress for thousands of years in all cultures.

And yet we ignore them because they aren’t new enough for our fast paced minds.

Furthermore, I read in the NY Times yesterday that a recent study showed that people would rather give themselves a mild shock than spend 5 minutes alone with themselves reflecting silently on their lives!

God gave us the gift of a 24 hour rest period to restore and refresh ourselves.

And we ignore the commandment on a regular basis. (be honest, we do)

We know what we should be doing to relax and slow down.  We just don’t want to do them and it seems we prefer pain to downtime with ourselves.

So the question is what do we get out of not relaxing, not slowing down and not taking a 24 hour Sabbath?  Because if there wasn’t a pay off we wouldn’t keep going at this pace.

I’m going to have to think about this question because I know the answer is inside of me. I guess I will have to take those silent minutes to reflect and see what happens.  Perhaps the answers I come up with be more shocking than a mild self-administered shock. 

How about you?

“I do not understand my actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”  Romans 7.15

Blessings,

Nancy

 

 

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Sabbath Moments and Trust

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

The issue of trust has come up a couple of times in this past week.  When there is no trust or the trust is shaky or eroding, it is hard to be in a committed relationship with anyone. 

A conversation with a pastor highlighted this as he talked about the lack of trust that many parishioners have for their pastors and vice versa the lack of trust pastors have of their parishioners.  This situation certainly impedes the mission of any church.  How can positive change, impactful mission or deepening relationship develop in such an atmosphere?

The same is true in a marriage.  Far too many couples these days have dwindling trust in their relationships.  When one member of the couple is carrying all the responsibility or can’t depend on the other to step up when needed, it is a recipe for a major marriage crisis.

In my life, I have found that trust builds when people are consistent in following through or proactive in addressing problems without nagging or prodding.  And this trust comes over time.  A one time effort – trust it does not make!

Without trust a viable relationship is not possible.

Without consistent interaction with God, without ongoing participation in our own spiritual lives, and without a life history to draw from where God has been present, trust in God would be non-existent. 

Don’t get me wrong…There are times when things start to go haywire where I have questioned and even railed against God feeling that my trust may have been broken. And, yet, because of the history I have with God in my life, I come to realize that whatever has happened doesn’t destroy the trust.  The trust allows me to vent and be angry.  God will hang in there with me.  I can trust that because God always has hung in there with me even at my least lovable.  

What is your trust level at the moment?  How consistently do you trust that God will hang in there with you and that you can trust God for the outcome? 

For our Sabbath Moments this week, consider this verse for meditation, journaling and prayer:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3.5

Blessings,

Nancy

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