Keeping the Sabbath….

God has really been working on me on this over the past several years.  For a brief period of time I tried to do an extra special meal for the sabbath.   But then I realized I would spend most of the afternoon cooking, and then half the evening cleaning up.   God has really been working on me as far as my feelings of guilt if things aren’t perfect in the house, and sitting and relaxing or playing games with the family or watching movies with my family.   I have finally gotten to the point where I embrace the sabbath, and we are trying to keep the afternoons and evenings low key, simple meals, and the dishes wait until Monday morning (I get up an extra 30 minutes early to take care of them).   Here is a great article that I found regarding keeping the sabbath and if it is still relevant today.

Keepin’ It Holy
How honoring the Sabbath helps you remember what’s really important
By Lauren F. Winner

In our frantic, frenetic society, where first-graders are in football leagues and children carry PDAs and Day-Timers to keep up with elementary- school extracurriculars, we need to “remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” (Exodus 20:8) more than ever. But do we? Most of us recognize those words from the Ten Commandments, but we don’t know how, or even if, they apply to us today.**

 

**To read the rest of the article please click here or on the title of the article.

 

Do you try to “keep the sabbath”?  What is/was your biggest obstacle?   What is the biggest change(s) you’ve seen since instituting these changes?     I would LOVE to hear your input on this!

 

 

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2 Responses to Keeping the Sabbath….

  1. Doris says:

    This is a very interesting topic. We have been all over the board with this one. We always begin the day worshipping God in His house. Once a month we have a potluck lunch following church service. It’s so nice to fellowship with those we love.
    The other Sundays we usually eat lunch out. At one time we refrained from this, boycotting the establishments being open on Sunday. Unfortunately over time we caved.
    When I decided to go back to work part time (retail) I asked not to work Sundays. My boss compromised, allowing me off every Sunday morning for church service but I work every other Sunday afternoon/evening. My children are young adults, but I compromised my values to accept this position.
    I am really interested to read others’ comments on this. Very nice post! Have a great day, Lori.

  2. Sylvia says:

    We do observe a Sabbath Rest, though we do not ‘keep’ the Sabbath as many messianic Jews or others who follow OT laws understand and keep it. We use the sabbath rest as a day when we focus on thanksgiving and praise for what God has done and who He is. I don’t mind cooking on Friday or Saturday for the big Sunday meal (and that is the day we observe our Sabbath Rest on) and I’m not concerned with how much work I do on Sunday but with keeping in stride with the spirit of the day.

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