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Do I Really Need Prior Preparation? – By Lisa Gleaves

When my husband and I started out keeping Sabbath, we tried many times to have a good Sabbath with zero to minimal preparation. I’m here to tell you that just doesn’t work.

I’m generally an organized person. But at this stage in my life, with two preschoolers and a four month old, I don’t always FEEL like taking extra time for preparation. When I prepare for Sabbath, though, I have the opportunity to experience it as God intended.

What Is Prior Preparation?
I’m going to bring you into my world for a minute to illustrate the idea of preparation. When a woman is in her last trimester of pregnancy (like I was recently), she tends to experience something called nesting. It is an urgent desire and pressing to have everything done BEFORE the baby arrives. There are a hundred little things to take care of when a new baby joins your family and it makes life so much smoother to get them done beforehand. Once the baby arrives, you will want to spend all your time getting to know him/her.

Here is another illustration from God’s Word. Think about Mary and Martha preparing for Jesus’ visit to their home (Luke 10:38-42). Martha had invited Jesus to come. She wanted to be a good hostess and was driven maybe by a sense of perfection, accomplishment or just to please. She was so absorbed in her tasks that she didn’t even think about taking the special opportunity to sit down and get to know Jesus better. Jesus points out to Martha that Mary sat down with Him as soon as He came through the door. She didn’t want to waste one minute on doing something that was of less value than knowing her Savior. That is the true reason for prior preparation for Sabbath!

Don’t Waste Your Precious God Time
I shouldn’t waste one minute of my time doing anything I could have taken care of beforehand. And I shouldn’t try to take care of things during Sabbath that can wait until Sabbath is over. My desire and anticipation to know God better should be my motivation to get my work done before God “arrives” for Sabbath. He wants me to be standing at the door welcoming Him into my home and then spending the rest of the time at His feet.

The Alternative
I have had many Sabbath’s where I was driven to be a Martha. As I look back at those times, I am sad for the opportunities I wasted. My sense of accomplishment for getting my “tasks” done must have fallen far short of the closeness I could have gained with God.

Be a Mary
I am so glad that I have a choice to follow Mary’s example each Sabbath. But I have to begin my work early and stay on task so I can have it done BEFORE Sabbath begins.

Yara’s Best Home-Organization Tip

Yara’s Best Home-Organization Tip
By Yara C. Young
Published in the Topic of Home Organization on Her Website
http://www.yarayoung.com/topics/home-organization

“The most important home-organization idea I can give can be stated simply in ten words: The night before is the key to the next day. This tip will make the difference between success and failure.

What does this mean — The night before is the key to the next day? It means that if we tidy up the house in the evening before going to bed, then maintaining the home will be simple. We will be “ahead of the game.” If we fail to tidy up the house in the evening before going to bed, then we will have a more difficult time. We will be “behind the eight ball”.

What can we do in the evenings that will make such a big difference?

1. Pick-up and organize the toys.
All toys must be picked up and put in their proper places. Hopefully there is a container just for blocks and another container for toy cars, etc. Having separate containers for each toy makes it easy for children to use their toys without making a mess. For instance, if they want to play with Legos, they pull out the Lego container, leaving the other toys undisturbed.

While children are putting their toys away, parents can put away magazines, books, and papers that have been left out. Fluff pillows and straighten articles of furniture.

2. Bath time
After everything is tidy – it is bath time. Children undress and put clothes in their hamper. Every bedroom should have a clothes hamper. This keeps us from having clothes on the floor and having to come and pick them up later.

Bath time is quick. It is not a party. When my children were small, I would bathe all three at the same time. Whatever the case, when the bath was done, I would close the shower curtain/door and hang up the towels. I gave a “once over” to the commode and sink with disinfectant spray, and then I would leave. One could come into the bathroom at that point and never know that I had just given three children a bath. I don’t have to come back to clean up the bathroom.

3. Evening Activities
After the children are bathed I slow down their activities. They read books, color, or play a quiet game. This is a good time for you to get the supper out.

After supper, I clean up the dining table and kitchen, the children brush their teeth and we have worship. After worship the children go to the bathroom for the last time. All kids go to bed. I look around their rooms and tidy up the things that were too difficult for them to do. Kiss and hug the children good night. I leave behind neat and orderly rooms. The only things that are messy are their beds – they are sleeping on them.

Before I retire for the night, I think about what needs to be done for the next day. I try to do anything that will make tomorrow easier.

As my husband and I get ready for bed, we hang up the garments that need to be hung. Our dirty clothes go in our hamper, shoes go in the shoe rack in the closet. When we go to bed, our room is tidy and in order. If someone were to come to our house at 3:00 AM, they would find the whole house tidy and only four messy beds, and that is only because we are sleeping on them!

It’s a nice feeling to go to bed and know that the whole house is tidy. At one of my home-organization seminars, a woman commented, “Ever since your seminar, I can’t think of going to sleep without tidying up. It has made such a difference.” Another said, “I can use all your ideas, but if I don’t pick up the night before, none of the other ideas fall into place.

Next morning you only have to make the beds. What else needs to be done in the bedroom to have it ready for the day? Nothing! Everything was done the night before.

Put this tip into practice — it will make all the difference in your day.”

Much of this article contains excerpts from Yara’s book, Oh No, It’s Sabbath Again And I’m Not Ready, published by Pacific Press.

List Of 33 Sabbath Activities

Prayer:

Ask for forgiveness of sins.
Just listen to God.
Learn to hear God’s voice in the quiet times.
Pray about pressing matters, family & friends, church, country, etc.

Bible:

Memorize scripture as a family (make note cards to look at during the week).
Meditate on scripture about the Sabbath (or whatever God lays on your heart).
Study God’s Word with others.
Share your favorite Bible verses and what they mean to you.

Study:
Listen to or watch sermons.
Read out of Character Building Books.
Go to church.
Study God’s creation.

Rest:

Take a nap!
Listen to worshipful music.

Family:

Share stories of faith from family members.
Worship God through experiencing His creation/nature (picnic, walk, etc.).
Have a special meal/dessert (use candles, china, special tablecloth, music, etc.).

Helping Others:
Nursing Home Ministry.
Pray with people in the hospital.
Help at a Food Bank/Kitchen.
Witness to others.
Unselfish acts to help someone who is hurting.

For Children:
Read their children’s Bible.
Read Bible-related books.
Listen to worshipful children’s cd’s
Listen to children’s Bible radio programs.

Play Bible games:
trivia, matching game, board game, etc.

God-related arts & crafts projects:
draw/color pictures, print out activity sheets, build or sculpt, etc.
Have a Scripture Scavenger Hunt
 or any type of hunt that helps them discover things about God (requires preparation before Sabbath starts).
Praise Pail-write things you are thankful for during the week and drop it in the pail, then take 
 turns reading them on Sabbath.
Bring out “Sabbath” toys that are
 stored away during the week.

Friday Preparations For Children:
Have them help you prepare the meals on Friday for Sabbath (make food that is from an area 
 you are learning about that week).
They can help put out Sabbath decorations/dishes on Friday.

Is It Okay To Gather With A Group Of Believers Who Don’t Keep Sabbath – By Lisa Gleaves

Is it okay to gather with a group of believers who don’t keep Sabbath? It may seem like a silly question, but it is a subject that stirs up strong feelings.

Sabbath Is Firmly Established
Let me clarify first that I’m NOT talking about keeping Sabbath on any day other than the day God established. He never changed the day. While many people choose to keep Sabbath on a different day, God still keeps it on His established day.

With that out of the way, I AM talking about getting together with groups of believers on days other than Sabbath. Looking at scripture, it’s easy to see that Sabbath was an established time for believers to meet, read God’s Word and pray together. Naturally, Sabbath is a day set aside to focus on God, spend time with Him and get to know Him better. So it makes sense to get together with others who have set aside the day to do this.

Two Questions
But is it lawful to gather with a group of believers on a day other than Sabbath?
And is it lawful to gather with a group of believers who don’t keep Sabbath?

Let’s look at the first question: Is it lawful to gather with a group of believers on a day other than Sabbath?
The answer is a pretty easy yes. Believers in Bible times gathered on many different days at many different times for many different reasons. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20

The second question is the one that causes problems: Is it lawful to gather with a group of believers who don’t keep Sabbath?
Of course I’m referring to believers who gather on Sunday. It is understood that most Sunday believers do not keep Sabbath. Most view Sunday as the “new Sabbath” or they really haven’t thought of Sabbath at all. It is not taught or it is simply explained as “done away with.”

What I have to keep in mind is that keeping Sabbath does not bring me salvation. It is an act of obedience and love after salvation. Whether I keep Sabbath or not does not add to or take away from my salvation. God sees the hearts of all believers. There are believers who love God but are ignorant of Sabbath (me a few years ago). There are believers who are aware of Sabbath but choose to believe a lie. There are believers who want to honor God by keeping Sabbath on Sunday. And there are believers who love God and honor Him by keeping His Sabbath on His established day. The common tie is that we are believers. We have been saved by God, undeservingly, from death.

My Story
When my family started keeping Sabbath, my husband was on staff (media minister) at a Southern Baptist church. So we were keeping Sabbath Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, then going to church on Sunday. We expected God to call us away from this church because they don’t keep Sabbath. We actively prayed and looked for other job opportunities. My husband was offered a job with a Sabbath keeping church, but heard God clearly say, “not now.” Instead, God asked us to stay and be an influence at our church. It’s not always easy having some different beliefs, but we have been surprised at the interest in Sabbath from people in our Sunday church. We share respectfully when God gives us opportunities and people have respectfully listened. We understand how they view Sabbath because we thought the same way two short years ago.

I understand that some believers and churches reject those who choose to keep Sabbath. I realize the pain and hurt that comes with rejection from those who are fellow believers. It just isn’t right. But keep in mind that rejection can go both ways. It is also not right to reject fellow believers who don’t keep Sabbath. If I see them as God’s fellow believers, I will want to share about Sabbath in love. I can’t control their response, only my motivation and actions.

The Answer?
I came to the conclusion that only God can give the answer to the question of whether to attend a non-Sabbath keeping church. For some, God will call them away. For others, like myself, God will ask them to stay. God knows the situation and how He can receive the most glory. Let Him be the one to guide you. You may face criticism and rejection from non-Sabbath keepers and Sabbath keepers alike, but you can’t go wrong when you keep your eyes on what God asks of you. Honor and obey God and you will find His blessings!

What Is The Point of Keeping Sabbath?

The Intended Blessing
God established Sabbath.  It is a day to be kept holy and set apart from all other days.  It is a time for resting in God.  It is a time to know God better and to reflect Him to others.  No matter what I choose to do with the day, this is what God intended.

The day is beautiful, rewarding, fulfilling and full of blessings!  How is it, then, that I can miss the point of Sabbath at times?

Trap #1
During my first six months of Sabbath keeping, I struggled with Sabbath rules.   My focus was on HOW to keep Sabbath.  I had a lot of questions.  Should I follow any rules?  If so, which ones?  What happened if I didn’t follow any Sabbath rules?

Ex-Sabbath keepers would write me and tell me how their whole Sabbath keeping experience was built upon following rules. They found it legalistic, burdensome, and suffocating.  They felt like they were condemned to Hell for not doing it correctly.  I thought, “This is not the point of Sabbath!”

I was reminded that Jesus already paid the penalty of death for me.  I don’t have to worry about messing up Sabbath.  My focus shouldn’t be about what punishment awaits me when I fall short of perfect, but rather what blessings I gain from spending time with God.

Kept in balance, the rules have a purpose.  They actually help me succeed.  The closer I choose to follow God’s guidelines for Sabbath, the more blessings I receive.

Trap #2
After reading some books and articles about Sabbath, I saw a reoccurring theme of making Sabbath about me.  Suggestions of keeping Sabbath on whatever day was most convenient, filling the hours with things that made me happy, with the intent that I would be refreshed and ready to face work again.

It is tempting to make Sabbath about me.  I certainly enjoy having a day off to relax and do whatever I please.  It only becomes a problem when the day belongs to God.  God wants me to spend Sabbath with Him.  HE wants to be the center of my attention. He wants me to enjoy the time I share with Him and with others who are learning about Him.

The Sabbath day was created for my benefit, to bring me joy and blessings.  It is a delight.  It’s just that the delight should be centered in God and not myself.

The Point
When my focus is on my own condemnation or my own pleasure, I miss out on the point of Sabbath.  The point is the true joy of spending the holy day with my Creator!

May your time with the Creator be blessed!

Until next time,
Lisa G.

Understanding the Four Purposes of Sabbath – By Lisa Gleaves

There are A LOT of scriptures about Sabbath which explain its purpose.  This study will look at several Sabbath verses as an overview.  I encourage you to read all of the scripture in its complete context for yourself.

Purpose #1
Sabbath is to be Sanctified, Set Apart (to be Holy)

The word Holy in Hebrew is qadosh.  It means to be set apart for a special purpose.  Think of how china dishes are used in most homes.  They are stored in a special place and treated with extra care.  They can be used everyday, but are usually only brought out for a special event.  Sabbath should be set apart as special.

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.  Genesis 2:3

I am called to remember it and keep it holy.  It is the Sabbath of the Lord.
Exodus 20:8-11

It is a sign to show that God sanctifies (set apart, made holy) His people.  A
perpetual covenant forever.  Exodus 31:13-17

I should sanctify it (set it apart) because God commanded me.
Deuteronomy 5:12-15

The purposes of Sabbath begin with setting it apart as special.

Purpose #2
Sabbath is for Rest and Refreshment

He rested from all His work on that day.  He set the example of rest.
Genesis 2:2-3

It is for rest and refreshment.  Exodus 23:12

No matter what time of year, I should rest on Sabbath.  Exodus 34:21

It is a holy day of rest to the Lord.  Exodus 35:2-3

I should refrain from all work.  Exodus 20:8-11

No work.  Exodus 35:2-3

Everyone in all my dwellings should rest.  Leviticus 23:3

Everyone in my household should rest.  Deuteronomy 5:12-15

It is pretty clear that Sabbath is a time for me to refrain from work so I can rest.  God intends for me to be refreshed in and through Him.  He intends for me to rest every Sabbath.  He also wants everyone in my home to benefit from this refreshment.

Purpose #3
Sabbath is for Knowing God (Not for Our Personal Entertainment)

God wants an intimate relationship with us.  He wants us to value that relationship more than anything else and desire to know everything about Him. He wants us to seek Him with all our hearts.  Sabbath establishes an ideal situation for that to happen.

Isaiah 58:13-14 says:
Call Sabbath a delight and you shall delight yourself in the Lord.
Honor God, not yourself, on Sabbath.
Don’t do your own ways.
Don’t find your own pleasure.
Don’t speak your own words.

God says it brings joy when I honor Him and celebrate Sabbath, whether I feel like doing it or not.  Sabbath is not about me, it’s about God.  It’s a time to practice putting Him first in my life.  As soon as I start focusing on myself, I have lost sight of this purpose of Sabbath.

Amos 8:4-7 says:
We shouldn’t wait eagerly for Sabbath to be over so we can have personal gain.

After reading this verse, I had to say, “Ouch!”  I may not be as bad as those in the verse who wait for Sabbath to be over so they can take advantage of others and gain money and power.  But I certainly have been guilty of looking forward to the end of Sabbath so I can go do what I want to do.  I have to ask- Do I desire to know God more than anything else?

Mark 2:27 says:
“And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.”

This is one of the most quoted verses in the Sabbath keeping community.  I have also found it to be one of the most misunderstood verses.  After much reading and examining, I have an illustration that I hope presents a clear picture.

A hammer is a tool.  What does it do?  It helps build.  That is the purpose and what it was designed to do.  In the same way, Sabbath is a tool for man.  For what purpose?  To help build my relationship with God (know Him).  So, a man’s sole reason for being created was not to use a hammer or to keep Sabbath.  But both are great tools to be used by man to help build.

Purpose #4
Sabbath is for Reflecting God to Others

I reflect God best to others when He is in me and I know Him well.  One of the purposes of God’s followers is to show Him to those who don’t know Him.  I don’t sacrifice this purpose on Sabbath.  It is a part of being a disciple.

Luke 13:10-17 says:
Jesus was teaching His ways to the crowds so people would know Him. (Know God)
He also healed a woman so the people would know who He is and what He stands for. (Reflecting God)

Luke 6:7-10 says:
Jesus, to prove His point to the Pharisees, asks if it is against Sabbath law for Him to do good and reflect God to others.  He then answers by healing a lame man.

Matthew 12:1-12 says:
Jesus reminds those who are hung up on Sabbath law that He sets the standard, not them.  He has all authority and desires us to know and reflect Him.  He says it IS lawful (by His authority) to do good on Sabbath.

John 7:21-24 says:
Jesus asks why some people are fine with circumcision on Sabbath but not making someone whole (doing good).  He tells them not to judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.

John 5:1-17 says:
Jesus healed again on Sabbath.  He explains to the Pharisees that His purpose and God’s purpose for the people of this world does not change on Sabbath day.  He came to heal (in every sense) and there is no reason to halt His purposes on Sabbath.

John 9 says:
Jesus healed a man who had been blind from birth.  He explains it was so God could be made manifest in the man.  Jesus said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  The Pharisees threw a fit because the man was healed on Sabbath.  They condemned the man and Jesus.  The man told the Pharisees, “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”  The man believed in and worshiped Jesus.

Clearer Understanding of Sabbath
I hope that reading through these Sabbath scriptures has given you a clearer understanding of the purposes of Sabbath.  These purposes give me a greater focus as I approach each Sabbath.  I love how each one builds on the other!  It starts with God and is all about God.  I set apart the Sabbath day as holy out of obedience, then I find my rest and refreshment in Him, I also seek to know Him, and then I seek to reflect Him to others.

The Encouragement That Sabbath Brings!

Needing Encouragement?
I’ve been thinking lately about the struggles that my family and I faced when we started keeping Sabbath and the struggles we continue to face now.  It’s one thing to know how to claim God’s Sabbath blessings and another thing to put it into practice every week.  Don’t think for one minute that my Sabbath runs perfect just because I wrote a book about it!

I know there are people out there with the same struggles and it has been on my heart to share some encouragement.

Encouragement for the Heart
The best place I know to find encouragement is in God’s Word!  I have to be sure that I am listening to His truths at all times so I won’t be tempted to fall into the trap of discouragement and begin to miss His Sabbath blessings.

“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:11-12

There are crazy, mixed up messages among people concerning Sabbath.  It can cause major confusion!  I have found many who shout their message or even flaunt their message.  It’s hard to miss them.  But to hear from God, I need to get still and quiet.  It is then that I can receive His clear direction.

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14

I can struggle with wanting to fit in and not stand out as odd.  But it’s ok to look different because I keep Sabbath.  Actually, it’s better than ok.  Jesus said that when I follow His ways it brings life.

“If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of The Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in The Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 58:13-14

I struggle with wanting to put myself first and with missing out on earthly pleasures.  But God promises me that, when I put Him first and keep HIS Sabbath, I will delight myself in Him!  There is no greater blessing than to be in the center of God’s will!

“In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me. Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.” Psalms 71:1-3

When keeping Sabbath, hard situations with work, family, friends, etc. may come.  It is in these times that God is my refuge and strength!  He will guide me through whatever trouble I face.

“And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” Exodus 16:5

I struggle sometimes with staying on top of my prior preparations for Sabbath.  I can get lazy or unfocused and lose sight of why I am preparing.  But I can be sure that when I prepare as God asks, my distractions are fewer and my time with God is sweeter!

Whatever Sabbath struggles you come across, know that God has encouragement for you!

Until next time,
Lisa G.

Resting in God on Sabbath – By Lisa Gleaves


It is hard to know God on a deeper level without getting still and quiet.  Ultimately, my heart, mind and body can find rest by spending time with Him.

1. Through Prayer
I can start my time with God on Sabbath in prayer and listening to God.

a. Pour out the Worries- In the early stage of prayer, my mind can be so full that I keep getting distracted by thoughts of life.  It helps if I pour out all concerns and worries to God upfront.  When I release those, then I can begin to focus on getting real with God.

b. Reflect on God- Another way to focus in prayer is to reflect on the character of God.  Think of His different names and traits and thank Him for each.

c. Repentance- I can use this time to repent from all known sin in my life.  It is refreshing and humbling to be honest with God.  I also need to make sure I ask God to reveal any sin in my life that I need to deal with. Without this step, I may be blocking the gateway between me and God.  When I am right with God, He can hear my prayers and share His will.

d. Rebuking Satan- Getting alone with God in prayer is often a time that Satan tries hard to attack.  If this is the case, I need to openly rebuke Satan.

e. Come into Agreement- Going down a list of “God please do this” does not always accomplish what I hope or desire.  In fact, it might just be MY desires and not God’s.  I would do better to ask, “What would You have me pray about this situation, God?”  I don’t need to try to twist God’s arm to get Him to do anything.  I just need to come into agreement with God.  That is easier for those who know Him and hear His voice more clearly.  The closer I get to Him, the more I will find myself praying His will without even knowing it.

f. Listening to God- This might be the hardest part of prayer for most.  God wants me to pause and ask Him His will.  What does He desire?  I then need to listen for His instruction.  I should desire to hear from God Himself and to receive what He has for me so I can be in agreement with Him.

g. Waiting- It’s important to wait for God to answer.  It might not be immediate.  And it can come in various ways.  Some people are under the impression that God can only speak to us through His Word.  But God has never been limited.  He can speak audibly, to our hearts, through a vision or dream, through another person, OR through His Word.  I can trust it is His answer when it lines up with His character and His Word.

h. Thankfulness- A thankful heart is a great part of prayer.  I can express gratefulness for all He has done in my life and all that He is as my God.  I need to thank Him for all answers to prayer.

Praying His will from a pure heart ALWAYS brings about a powerful result…whether it is seen or unseen.

2. Through Reading His Word
When I read God’s Word, it can be like spending time with a best friend.  I listen to His stories, hear His heart, understand His likes and dislikes better, and comprehend who He is and what He desires.

Reading His Word without knowing Him at all or without knowing Him very well can be more challenging. But He wants to reveal Himself to me as He knows I am ready and willing to receive (just like in prayer).

I find it helpful to approach reading God’s Word as a whole.  That means I try not to come to conclusions by reading just one or two verses.  I need to make sure I know the background, context, and whether it backs up the rest of God’s Word.  As a general rule, I NEVER come to conclusions about God’s Word based on a commentary or on a pastor/speaker/writer’s thoughts.  It is my responsibility to check everything out for myself and know what God says.

3. Through Physical/Mental Resting
“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he RESTED on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” Genesis 2:2

“Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of REST, holy to the Lord.” Exodus 31:15

People try many things to assist them in getting rest, like lying on the beach, taking a vacation, taking sleeping pills, etc.  I find that nothing brings true rest (both to body and mind) like resting in God on Sabbath!

a. Physical Resting on Sabbath
Rest: Cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.

So many Sabbath verses in God’s Word speak of rest.  The area of physical rest is probably the most common part of Sabbath.  I love having my work set aside so I have time to sleep in or get a nap (or both!).   When else do I have the opportunity to lay back in my recliner and just be still and quiet?  Or play with my kids with no deadlines or schedules?

It is refreshing to my body to restore that balance of sleep when I have had a long and busy week.  My brain, attitude, and outlook are all positively brightened when my body receives plenty of rest.  I’m sure that God, being the designer of my body, knew that I would need a day of refreshment so I could face the coming week at my best.

Some Health Benefits of Rest/Sleep:
The body can gain and save energy during rest.
Essential for long-term memory formation.
Essential for the immune system.
Essential for mental health.
Essential for recovery from injuries.
Essential for recovery from stress.
Essential for hormone regulation.
Essential for learning.
And many, many more…

b. Mental Resting on Sabbath
Resting my mind from work may not be thought of as often as physical rest, yet it is an important part of my Sabbath.  I am easily tempted to think about what work I didn’t get done, what work I have to do after Sabbath, or just anything that is stressing or worrying me.  I can analyze things to death!

God asks me to turn over all of my burdens and thoughts to Him.  When I pray, I release all my worries and cares to God and trust Him to care for them.  And as I free my mind of my thoughts and focus on God throughout Sabbath, I find that I am much clearer and capable of handling life’s problems when the new week begins.  I can see things through God’s eyes and have a better perspective.

God’s Blessing of Sabbath Rest
It’s true that I need to get the proper rest/sleep every day to keep my body and mind strong, but God blessed us with a specific time to stop and be refreshed.  He knew what a hard time I would have putting my work and worries aside, so He commanded me to do just that.  And I am very grateful!