This quote was first shared when I was on the book launch team for Christie Purifoy’s book Placemaker. It came up again on my Facebook feed and I decided to share it again since I am working on cleaning the deck – my place of peace.
My mom’s advice during our conversation this morning was not to work too hard but take some down time and enjoy life. I told her not to worry, I will be enjoying life.
So take time this weekend and enjoy comfort, beauty and peace in a space you cultivated.
Well, well, well…boy did I open a can of worms in doing research on incorporating Sabbath as a key to living a joyful life. My head is spinning from all the information I discovered.
So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. 2 On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.3 And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.
Genesis 2:1-3 New Living Translation (NLT) Emphasis Mine
According to the above verse, the seventh day is the Sabbath which means Saturday. However, there is an ark full of information about worshiping on Saturday versus Sunday. Whether you choose to attend services on a Saturday or Sunday is between you and God. I will not debate that in this post.
For the sake of this post, we will focus on the fact that God set apart a day of the weekfor restand worship. Since God rested, we are to do the same.
My work schedule is Sunday – Thursday, at least as of the day I am writing this post. By the time it publishes my schedule could be different.
I do not have one day I consider a Sabbath. Instead, my sabbath is Friday and Saturday morning. On those mornings I rest from my logistics contact center job. There are no alarms blaring and I sleep until God wakes me up.
The mornings consist of lounging around and doing some Bible reading while drinking coffee, reading inspirational articles and praying. Any work done on the computer is working on this blog, whether it is maintenance or writing and editing posts.
Then in the afternoon, I get away from the house (weather permitting). When you live alone and work from home, it is imperative to get around people, whether it is visiting the library, walking the mall or parks.
My worship consists of playing Lauren Daigle’s Still Rolling Stones from herLook Up Child CD on workday mornings. It reminds me that God is still rolling all sorts of stones in our daily life. Whether it is grief, unemployment, or terrible stats as work – God will roll those stones away in His time. I play that song as a daily reminder and a way to thank God for rolling stones.
On my days off I play the entire CD. It restores my soul and helps set my mind on the right path for the day.
Perhaps after I leave my job in about 10 years, I will return to attending church on Sundays or maybe I will find a place that has Saturday services.
Make rest and worship a habit so you can renew, refresh and restore your soul. Whether you do this on a Saturday or Sunday is up to you, the times your church offers services and your work schedule. God understands that there are those of us who need to work Sundays to bring home the bacon so we can pay the bills.
There are two days left in this month, a month in which emotions ran from excitement over the new year and a fresh start, to all the emotions related to the inauguration. There are a lot of weary and burdened people in the country right now.
May those of you weary from grief, whether it is the loss of a loved one or something else, find rest this week.