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A Quiet Sunday Afternoon

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

When was the last time you had a quiet Sunday afternoon?Hammock

I hope it was recently.  However, if you are like most 21st century men and women, Sunday afternoon is anything but quiet.  There are errands to run, groceries to buy, houses to clean, lawns to mow, gardens to plant, houses to paint and laundry to get ready for the new week. With so many people working six days a week, it seems that a day of rest is more like a day of chores.

But sometimes even in the midst of a very busy day, taking a few quiet moments to yourself can recharge your batteries, refresh your energy levels and renew your motivation to finish what you started.

?????I was always one to keep my head down and my shoulder to the grindstone only resting once everything had been completed.  Now as I have become more chronologically gifted I have found that stopping for short refresh-ment breaks improves my productivity.  I can only imagine how much more energy I would have if I took a full 24 hours to recharge.

If you find yourself longing for a nice, quiet Sunday afternoon, or any afternoon for that matter, why not take the time to relax, refresh and renew your body, mind and spirit?  Breathe in the sweet aroma of late spring and early summer weather.  Taste the ease that God wanted us to have so much that God made it a command.

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“Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.” Psalm 34.8

Blessings,

Nancy

Sabbath Moments and Renewal

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

Ok, life is busy.  Statement of the obvious right?  And the last few weeks have been busier than usual for me with the move, my husband’s surgery, running a business and just the day-to-day routine of living.

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My schedule is really overloaded the next few days (big mistake on my part but it is what it is).  So in the midst of feeling like I wouldn’t make any of my deadlines what did I do?

I stopped.  I took a mental health day and pampered myself.  No work, no unpacking, no chores.  There were several moments when my stomach clenched and my mind asked me “what are you thinking?”  In response, I said, “I know what I’m doing.”

And you know what?  I did!  At the end of the day I felt relaxed, refreshed and renewed.  Today I am ready to hit the ground running and will get more done than I would have had I pushed through my weariness.

Isn’t that what God had in mind when he commanded us to take a 24 hour break from our normal routine?  And I continue to wonder why I/we think I/we know better than God when it comes to using our time.

Take a Sabbath this week.  A full one.  Or at least a half a day.  See what difference it makes in your overall productivity, your attitude toward others and your gratitude to God.

Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:2-4 
Be blessed in your Sabbath time,
Nancy

Sabbath Moments Moment

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

Driving home the other day I found myself feeling lousy – that’s a medical term, you know!  My head was little achy, my back was a lot achy, my pulse seemed to be a bit faster than usual, my mood was borderline ornery and there were tears just behind my eyes.  And I had no idea why.  Ever feel like this?

It’s not my favorite feeling and usually I try to ignore it by keeping busy.  How about you?  However, as I walked through the door I realized that I had no excuse not to take a moment to settle my unsettling condition.  I had no other responsibilities vying for my time.  Supper was mine to make or not.    No one was there to ask questions about my day.  I was alone. 

And yet, old habits are hard to break because I jumped right in to making my supper so I could move to some other things I wanted to get done that night.  Keep moving seems to my default mode and it takes a lot for me to override that code etched in my brain.

Surprisingly, I took a step to break that habit.  I pushed the override button, stopped what I was doing, grabbed a cold glass of water (yes, it really was water) and went and sat on the porch.   The birds were singing, there was a gentle breeze blowing and I just sat there and soaked it up.  After some deep breaths, a few sips of water and a silent prayer of thanks for the beauty around me, began to feel my pulse rate slow down, my back relaxed and the headache began to ease.  I felt better.

As this sense of well-being began to wash over me I realized I had just taken a Sabbath Moment where the peace, calm and grace of God could restore my soul.  It was a moment when I realized how a spontaneous decision to relax can be as full of God as a planned Sabbath moment complete with Bible, journal, devotional and prayer beads! 

God is good in every moment and taking time to breathe in the breath of God is a most excellent way to take that goodness into your busy life.

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Don’t be afraid to take advantage of spontaneous Sabbath Moments and let God surprise you with a soul refreshment.

“Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.  They shall mount up on wings as eagles.  They will run and not be weary.  They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40.31

Blessings,

Nancy

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