I have written about taking a Sabbath rest before – more than once. Unfortunately, while I believe this is important, I have not been very successful at making this a normal part of my life. Like most people today, I am just too busy. Too much work, too much ministry, too many commitments at church, and on and on. I am aware of this, I have been working on it, and it has gotten better – but I do not feel I’ve reached the point I should.
What about you? What about your marriage and your family? Are you just too busy? Do you desperately need a day of rest? Would a day of rest help, or maybe even save, your marriage? Of course, knowing you need it and doing it are two different things. Taking a day of rest means cutting back on some things, and maybe cutting some things out altogether. It means looking at your priorities and eliminating enough from the bottom of the list to take a day of rest.
I suggest you discuss and pray about this with your bride. Start with “should we” and go from there. A book that might help you with this is Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives .
Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
New blog this week – Redeeming Marriages with Jack and Janet. This one is WAY overdue. I’ve been following and tweeting this blog for a month, and they write some great stuff. They also have an excellent twitter feed @redeemmarriages
Battle for a Great Marriage
Did Your Wife Feel Cherished by Her Father? ◄ This is a very important issue.
The Generous Wife
Three in the Morning ◄ This is a great habit to share with your spouse.
No Replays ◄ Work to keep problems from happening again.
How Will You Spend the Holidays? ◄ Have a discussion about this now.
You Say Tomato ◄ Do you show your spouse appreciation well?
When I Grow Up … ◄ Do you have a life goal?
Hot, Holy and Humorous
Journey to Surrender
From You to Me to We ◄ Has your marriage made this transit fully?
Putting our wives FIRST; Do we REALLY? ◄ There is what we say, and what we do.
One Flesh Marriage
Redeeming Marriages with Jack and Janet
I’ll Admit it; I’m Selfish, You Should Be Too. ◄ A well balanced post.
Is it Safe to Talk? ◄ Many wives don’t feel it’s safe to talk.
Is listening Really that Hard ◄ Learn to listen so she feels heard.
It’s Only a Season ◄ Great thoughts on an important concept.
Stupendous Marriage Show 65: The One with Shannon Ethridge ◄ Shannon’s new book was already on my reading list, but after hearing this it’s moved up!
…to Love Honor and Vacuum
How Men and Women Think Differently About Sex ◄ You can learn a lot from this video!