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Second Sabbath

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

Tomorrow is the second Sabbath of the New Year and so far I must say I am doing quite well maintaining a Sabbath observance.  Last Sabbath after worship I enjoyed a luscious nap, nappinga good book, a good meal and good company.  The second Sabbath of the year will most likely not include a nap.  However, the good meal and good company are on the agenda following worship and without getting too far ahead of myself I will go so far as to say “two for two, woohoo!”

calendar 2015Maintaining a Sabbath attitude for 52 weeks may be a challenge for those of us not used to taking a 24 hour Sabbath – understatement of the year!  And yet, I can see how having a clear intention, making sabbath plans ahead of time, and then following them makes Sabbath keeping more enjoyable.  Just like God intended for those who were called to keep the Sabbath holy.  A day of rest before the work week begins again really does make a difference in my energy level – mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. 

What I hope to do this year…beyond try…is to be intentional about taking a Sabbath day a week.  Initially, I am starting with Sunday but I will allow for the possibility that it could become another day of the week.  However, my goal is one Sabbath a week regardless of the day.  This is a big jump for me from Sabbath moments stolen throughout the day…although those are still good and better than no rest with God. 

It’s in print and it’s out there in cyberspace where you can hold me accountable.  Anyone want to join me?  Do you have an accountability partner?  I would love to hear from you about how you spend your Sabbaths over the next year.  Let me know in the comment box and we can learn from each as well as encourage each other.  I’ll post some of the most creative and restful ones.

As I think ahead to December 27, 2015, the last Sabbath in the year, I want to be accomplished at Sabbath keeping, calmer, filled with peace and hope, and walking a much gentler path in the world.  What about you? 

“Tell the Israelites, ‘Above all, keep my Sabbaths, the sign between me and you, generation after generation, to keep the knowledge alive that I am the God who makes you holy.  Keep the Sabbath; it’s holy to you.” Exodus 31.12-13

Blessings,

Nancy

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Sabbath Naps

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

For years I have taken a Sunday afternoon nap after preaching in the morning. alphasphereThey always revitalized my energy and gave me a second wind.  My once a week nap was a treasured and protected time.  However, I never carried that idea into my week.  After all I was busy during the week.  There was no time for a nap.

However, due to some circumstances beyond my control, I’ve discovered that naps aren’t just for Sundays!  A quick 2o minute nap each afternoon is better than a shot of caffeine.  65147-stock-photo-blue-relaxation-dark-style-moody-art I’m more alert and far more productive the rest of the day. What took me so long to discover this?

All four of my energy centers benefit from my daily nap – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.  I can think more clearly, feel less dragged down by what is ahead of me, function longer into the afternoon and evening and have the energy to journal, meditate or talk to God without dropping off in the middle.   

After all, Sabbath does mean to rest and so adding a Sabbath nap to your Sabbath moments throughout the week will bless you with renewed and refreshed energy levels so you can more fully engage with life and your God.

“Thereupon I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.”  Jeremiah 31.26

Blessings,

Nancy

 

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