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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 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

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