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Principles for a Successful Marriage

Do You Have a Weekly Sabbath?

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     Does it take a snow storm to get you to slow you down, take it easy and rest?  This year has brought us more snow than ever!  I am sure that God has His reasons for sending the snow, perhaps one of them is to get us to slow down and rest.   I thought about this and determined that it shouldn’t have to take snow to get us to slow down and rest.   Did you know that God has commanded us to take a weekly rest?  It’s called the Sabbath. A day set aside for rest and worship.  Most of us do the worship part but do not take time to really rest. 

      In Exodus 20:8 we are told to “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” In the next verse we are told to get all of our work done in six days but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. We are told not to do any work, neither should anyone in your family.  This includes you, your spouse and your children.

     God loves us so much that He commanded a Sabbath because human beings need to spend unhurried time in worship and rest each week.  As I mentioned, last week, He is concerned about how we spend our time.  We live in a fast paced world so we have to be intentional about having a Sabbath.  If we are not careful, we will let an entire week go by without taking time to rest and worship. Having a weekly Sabbath lets God know that He is priority and that we are taking time to observe a principle that He established a long time ago.  

     Honoring the Sabbath is beneficial in every way.  It refreshes our mind, body and spirit. Most importantly, it pleases God.  Many of us are walking around tired, irritable, frustrated and exhausted because we have not been observing this commandment.  Remember to have a  Sabbath day EVERY week.  I encourage you to get your errands, laundry, cleaning and everything that you need within 6 days.  Help and  encourage your kids to get their homework done within six days. Husbands/Wives be sure that your spouse has time to rest every week and if that means taking turns with the kids so that each has an opportunity to rest, make it happen.  Join me as I be more intentional about honoring the Sabbath and keeping it holy!

 

Until next week!

 

p.s.  How did you do with arriving on time this past week?

Carolyn 

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