Sunday, January 20, 2013

Keeping the Sabbath

One of the areas that I am really working on is my relationship with the Lord.  When someone suffers from anxiety, like I do/have, it is really hard to Be Still and Know that I am God. 

I am always doing something, mostly because I am a "doer" but also because when I am not doing something, I am thinking about all the things that I should be doing or I am thinking about all the worries I have that I can't do anything about.

I decided that I am going to try and keep the Sabbath, now to me that doesn't mean not working.  To me that means to make this a day for resting.  I know, this may not make sense - but it will.

For me there is always something that needs to be done but my way of resting on the Sabbath is to not worry about things, this is my day off from thinking about the coming work week, school week etc.  If I spend the afternoon watching movies or my favorite tv shows (which rarely happens with other avid tv watchers in my home) or reading or even cleaning out a closet or my recipes or something like that - that is ok.  My goal is to give my mind a break from worry.  And that is how I can honor the Sabbath.  For some people it is physical working that they need to take a break from, but for me physical work makes me happy - it is the mental work that I need to be free of.

I believe that Keeping the Sabbath can be different for different people, but that God intended it to be a break from our everyday stresses, a time to refresh ourselves and replenish our spirit with time with Him, focusing on Him and resting whatever in our lives needs to be rested.  Many have different thoughts on this and I think that a long time ago, like in the olden days when it was very strict that you couldn't work on Sundays/Sabbath that made it a negative thing and greatly misunderstood.  Now I am not saying that my thoughts on this are necessarily right - but through a lot of prayer, this is what I feel the Lord is telling me.

Happy Sabbath!

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