More on Sabbath rest

November 4, 2012

in Links to good stuff, Margin, Marriage Killer, Quality Time, Shared walk

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.

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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 . 

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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

Assume Love

Teamwork between Partners ◄ And what to do when it’s not there.
A What If Marriage ◄ Do your worries help you get what you want?


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

Penis Size: From the Wife’s Point of View ◄ Interesting reading.
Be Your Husband’s “Sure Thing” ◄ And, be your wife’s sure thing!


Journey to Surrender

From You to Me to We ◄ Has your marriage made this transit fully?


mission:husband

Putting our wives FIRST; Do we REALLY? ◄ There is what we say, and what we do.


One Flesh Marriage

The Automatic Marriage Pilot ◄ Auto pilot can lead to a crash!
Growth Through Busyness ◄ Some good thoughts for when busy is unavoidable.


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.


refine us

It’s Only a Season ◄ Great thoughts on an important concept.


Stupendous Marriage

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!

3 comments
Kathleen
Kathleen

For us, we have kept Sabbath (the biblical day) for 15 years together, and it has been such a blessing. It's like a holiday every week, and we actually get more work done than if we didn't rest every week. God honors obedience, and blesses when we keep his commandments. If we don't, the consequences are tired, frazzled people who don't spend enough time together.

Julie Sibert
Julie Sibert

This post really hits home. I too have been thinking a lot about how to better honor the Sabbath... not only for my relationship with the Lord, but simply to gain perspective and to redeem some of the toll that my overloaded life has taken on my emotional, spiritual and physical health. I do some administrative work from home, and I told my boss that one of my goals for 2013 was to truly honor the Sabbath. (For me, I want to not work on Sundays). I'm glad I laid this boundary our there, and he was gracious in affirming me (I'm hopeful he too will honor it and not give me many last minute projects that have to be completed by Monday morn). I think the most challenging part of finding more margin in my life has been the grief I have encountered within myself... the grieving of the simple fact that I cannot do all that I wish to do. I cannot get together with some people I really want to see. I cannot write as much as I want or read as much as I want. There truly are only 24 hours in a day, and while I am trying to find more balance, I humbly admit something always has to give. Personally I think that this "wrestling" does have some deep significance and redeeming value, but in the midst of it, it's so hard to grasp that. Anyway, great post! Thanks for your humility and realness... I always appreciate that about you and Lori!

livinginblurredlines
livinginblurredlines

As a mother of several young children, the Sabbath is pretty much just as busy, if not busier at times. Just getting them ready and out the door to church, even with Saturday preparations beforehand, is enough to make my cry, "can't I just find a jacuzzi somewhere?!" And after church I am so over stimulated and tired....

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