Discovering What Sabbath Looks Like For Me

Discovering Sabbath

You may begin to think that every Sabbath has been an effortless and beautiful experience for me, but it hasn’t. After a few successful days under my belt I thought for sure this Sabbath thing was going to be a breeze.

The previous week I enjoyed a day of decorating my daughter’s room. This week I had nothing planned. Sounds glorious, right? That’s what I thought. After dropping my kids at school I took my time tidying up the house. I watched a You Tube video on hand lettering and practiced a bit. Then I sat down on the couch, in a sunny spot, and read my book. Eventually I took a nap.

To many, this sounds like the perfect day. However I am an extrovert, which basically means I am energized by being around other people. I rarely spend large amounts of time on my own with nothing to do so I no idea the impact it would have on me.

During the week when my kids are at school and my husband is at work I am busy working, volunteering, or meeting with my partner in Circles of Faith. Also, during our seven-month renovation various tradesmen have been in and out of my house daily. I not used to being alone with nothing to do.

I still had time to kill when I woke up from my nap. I felt drained and even lonely. I couldn’t wait until my kids came home.

I should have known better. I decided the following week I would:

  • Have a plan.
  • Invite a friend for lunch or tea.
  • Read my book at the library or Starbucks. I’m likely see into someone I know and potentially strike up a conversation.
  • Do something crafty and creative from my Pinterest DIY boards.
  • Go for a run or walk.

Finding rest in the Sabbath looks different for me than I imagined. For so long I kept myself busy and thought doing nothing sounded dreamy. I was wrong.

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In the handful of weeks that I have been on this journey I have been surprised to learned:

  • Sabbath is possible when intentionally planned for and committed to.
  • Creativity fills my soul.
  • Being around other people energizes me.
  • It’s okay to have a plan.
  • There are many different ways to draw close to God and discovering who He created you to be is one of them.

I had no idea that regularly taking a day of rest, as God commended, would be so fulfilling but also so enlightening.

You can follow me on Instagram where I post about the things I’m up to on my day of rest through the hashtag #DiscoveringSabbath

What you do on your Sabbath and what you have learned?

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