Rest is hard for me. Stilling my mind sometimes seems impossible.
After reading Vicki Courtney’s book Rest Assured: A Recovery Plan for Weary Souls, I decided it was time for me to get serious about rest.
Not sleep, rest. Stilling my mind. Resting in His Presence. Being intentional about resting.
The goal is to get 15 minutes of rest every day. Setting an alarm, stopping what we are doing, and getting some time to rest our minds. I encourage you to set up a resting spot and make it happen!!
Now I challenge you to find a way to keep the Sabbath. I have recently done some research on the Sabbath. It is one of the commandments that I really find hard to keep. It is also a commandment that many Christians feel does not apply to us anymore.
Is keeping the Sabbath obsolete? NO.
God rested on the seventh day. Not because He needed the rest, but to set an example for us. Because we need the rest.
Jesus kept the Sabbath. His disciples kept the Sabbath. His followers kept the Sabbath. In fact, the women did not go and see Jesus’ body until after they kept the Sabbath.
Are you seeing that the Sabbath is important? The Sabbath is biblical and for us to say that it does not apply to us anymore is ridiculous.
Some common misconceptions of the Sabbath
You have to be still, quiet, and not laugh
The Sabbath is about joy. It is about laughter, feasting, loving, enjoying. It is a day to stop working and soak in the blessings of your life. Take that walk and enjoy God’s creation. Go on a bike ride with your kids. Lay on the grass at the park and read a book. It is about pleasure.
The Sabbath is about ceasing work and enjoying life.
It has to be on Sunday.
NO. Biblically, the Sabbath starts Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown. It does not have to be on Sunday. For our family, we follow the biblical Sabbath. Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown.
We are not required to keep the Sabbath.
NOT TRUE. As a follower of the One True God, I find it absolutely necessary to keep the Ten Commandments. Since keeping the Sabbath is the fourth commandment, it is important to keep.
So what is the challenge?
This week do some research on the Sabbath. Find out for yourself why keeping the Sabbath is so important. Then, start planning. When will your family follow the Sabbath? What preparations do you need to make? What guidelines for you family do you need to set?
As you are planning and researching, take a couple of pictures and post them on Instagram using the #faithfilledrest. This is how we can use social media to encourage and inspire!
If you are not following me on Instagram, I would love for you to follow along! My handle is @christiacolquitt.
These are two books that I have used to guide my study of the Sabbath.
Sabbath: The Ancient Practices. This book is very informative and the Kindle version is only $2.99! I enjoyed the in-depth look at not only the Sabbath, but the misconceptions that surround it.
A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays. Now this book is an investment, but it is 584 pages.
As a homeschooling mom, I was really excited to purchase this book. It gives an extensive look at the nine biblical holidays, including the Sabbath. This book shoes the historical, agricultural, spiritual, and prophetic purposes of each holiday. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, how each points to Christ and creative ways to teach them to your children! This is a really neat teaching tool.
Would you like to know how our family keeps the Sabbath?
Let me share with you what we hope to accomplish as a family each and every Sabbath. This will include how we keep it safeguarded and a priority in our busy lives. I will also keep you in the loop on biblical holidays we are celebrating as a family and how you too can join in with your family. Don’t miss out on these learning experiences as a family!!
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