Sundays are a special day for me. Set apart and unique. It’s a selah. A day to breathe. Rest. Think. Be refreshed.

It felt weird not to blog but I’ve made the decision that I won’t be blogging on Sundays.

My former boss required his employees to have a protected day off each week.  A full day of no work.  No thoughts of work either.  I day of “not-normal-life”. My day off each was Thursdays.  It looked like: no morning alarm and no schedule. I just did things that brought me joy and rest. Because my job was all about people, my day off was people-free. Because my job had a fast-schedule, my day off was empty of plans.

My boss was strict about us keeping this day off he nicknamed “Sabbath”. Our team worked hard for 5 days, were on-call for 1 more day and then rested fully for 1.  Having a day off was a hard discipline to keep.  It was hard to not think about work things.  Hard to protect my mind, heart and energy level.  Over the years I watched peers in this industry burn out fast.  I am convinced it was because of a lack of “Sabbath” in their lives.

Now, I am an at-home / work-from-home Mum.  I don’t have the luxury of ever having a real “day off”.

I’ve had to be really purposeful in crafting a “rest day” for myself.  A day that is different and set-apart.  A day to breathe, rest, think and be refreshed.

He replied, “The LORD has appointed tomorrow as a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. On this day we will rest from our normal daily tasks.  – Exodus 16:23 NLT (emphasis added)

My day off each week is now Sundays.  It looks like: alarm set for church, play keys & sing and worship with my church family, dig in my Bible, pray, think, breathe.  The kids love their classes and I love getting to have alone time. Afterwards we grab gleanings, make a simple lunch and get the kids down for “nap” (16 month old) and “rest time” (3.5 year old).  Then we chill on the couch and watch a movie together. Sometimes I head off and do something alone. It’s my personal version of Sabbath: “A rest from my normal daily tasks.”

When God told us to rest a day each week, He was not being controlling or arbitrary. He knows what our bodies and lives need. (Mark 2:27 “The Sabbath was made to benefit man…”).  Wonderfully, my husband is a huge fan of me getting down time and alone time.  Sometimes I feel guilty about my “day off” but I believe that God’s Word is true and right.  God’s ways are for our best.  His Ways bring me Life.  Having a rest day gives me strength and joy for the 6 days of serving my family.

Have you considered crafting a personalized day off?  Do you have a day that is different from the others?  Do you have a day that is set apart for rest and refreshment?  What does it look like for you?


5 responses »

  1. Pingback: Sabbath: a day of rest for the temple of you « bluegrassnotes

  2. I love this! I try very much to keep Sabbath. It doesn’t always go over great, but my husband and I try not to do anything that would not only cause us to work. but that would cause others to work as well. We don’t go out to eat, we don’t go grocery shopping, we don’t go to the movies, etc.

    Great post!

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