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Sabbath – Living a Joyful Life

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. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. 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 week for rest and worship. Since God rested, we are to do the same.

Remembering the Sabbath is one way we set ourselves apart from the rest of the world. We are to be in the world and not of it.

That being said…I do not attend church.

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 her Look 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.

Related Resources: Restoration Year: A 365 Day Devotional by John Eldredge

Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World by Shelly Miller

SabbathTruth.com“Everything You Wanted To Know About The Sabbath.”

The Truth About Sabbath? (video) – An opposite view from SabbathTruth.com

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

52 Bible Verses For A Positive Year – Week 5

Happy Sunday and Welcome to Week 5.

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.

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{ Day 14 } 31 Days to Scare Away the Grief Monster – REST

Welcome to Day 14 of 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster.  Today’s word is

REST 

Scripture Meditation 

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 2:3

I am punting with today’s word because it was not one I wanted to use. I was toying with the words improve, change, meet, or connect but I just was not “feeling” that I had anything to say about those words.

Not that I have much to say about “rest”, especially since I am doing anything but resting. My feet are tapping, stomping, and my body moving and grooving as I sit in my chair at the dining room table. I am listening to mostly non-stop disco music on my Kindle.  I toyed with the idea of today’s word being “burn” as I listed to the Tramps sing

“Burn, Baby Burn, Disco Inferno”

Excuse me a second while I give a “thumbs down” to the song Pandora is playing right now – some sort of slow mushy, mushy song. Up next is Donna Summer and “Hot Stuff”, now that is more like it.

Back to Rest

Even God rested.

Now I wish I could get everything done in 6 days and rest on the 7th. I wish I only needed 1 day of rest – but then I am not God and neither are you.

Rest is crucial to moving forward through your grief journey. I found it is best to make time for rest or God will find a way for you to rest. This usually involves colds, flu, sprained ankle etc..

He has a way of reminding us to to rest and seeing that we get it.

Definition

Rest does not necessarily mean sleep.

It could mean being curled up on the couch with a good book and a hot cup of tea, soaking in a tub of bubbles, or sitting in a rocking chair on the porch watching the sunrise.

Even Rommie, my fur-ever daughter now residing in heaven with Joe, had times where she rested and enjoyed the beautiful day.

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Now quit reading and go rest.

Quote Meditation

We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.

Thich Nhat Hanh

10-10-2011_3by5Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She encourages widows and educates society about grief and life as a widow by sharing her widowhood adventures. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications, she has used her skills in the banking, collections, outdoor products and social media industries. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can see more of photography at OgleOhio.com, where she is running the series 31 Days of Autumn in Ohio – because running a 31 Day series on one blog is not enough insanity. 

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