Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sabbath Rest: Take Two

I don't know about everyone else, but I need a bit of accountability. If I whisper in my closet I'm going to do something, nobody will know when I don't. If I speak up about it, well, I don't want to be a girl with only good intentions.

Sabbath Rest. It's not easy to stick to. Walmart and laundry and all the things I didn't do this past week start screaming my name, much louder than curling up with a book or a slow conversation with someone dear.

So one Sunday at a time - today. I'll try it again. Sleep in, read the paper over pancakes and coffee with extra creamer. Take the dogs for a walk, knit a bit on that afghan that is going to take til I die to finish. Maybe start a new book, bake something yummy for dessert after supper, and then I may get really radical and write a note or two to those people I love. Who gets written notes anymore? You can't tie up and tuck away a bunch of lavender scented emails...

What about you? Do you get any time to yourself on the weekend, just to 'be'? Is there something you can do to create that space?

PS Happy Birthday to sweet Tracie, my friend of 39 years. xoxo


Becky said...

I work hard at getting Sabbath rest. And sometimes it is during the week, as you well understand I'm sure.

But it isn't easy. It is decisive, intentional. It takes specific, sometimes difficult choices. Just like anything else in life ... choosing joy, choosing faith, choosing truth, choosing to love, it doesn't come naturally in this 21st century.

That is why it is so important, I think, to "transform our minds" (Romans 12:2). Because only by those purposeful choices do we end up making good habits.

I hope you can find it today. That you will be refreshed and renewed and restored. Blessings!!

Barb said...

Like you, I constantly try to keep at least one day on the weekends freed up to just relax and reconnect. Rarely does it work for me. But today's a new day, so maybe!

I bought notecards and stamps yesterday - for exactly the same reason. You're right. Handwritten notes are rare any more. I love getting them, so I'm sure everyone else does too. xoxo

Kelly said...

You're so can be hard to still the running ticker tape on my mind of my "to do" list. I have to say though, I have definitely gotten better at relaxing on the weekends, maybe too good from the looks of the house today:-)

Hope you enjoy the day!

Susanne said...

Emails come in lavender scent? I'll have to look through my mail options. :v)

Sabbath rest is something I really really struggle with. Not that I don't want it, because that is what I really want to do, but working full time it seems the weekend is the only time I have to get everything done without 6 little ones underfoot. I think I'll just have to make that extra effort to wrap everything up by Saturday night so that I can have my Sundays off.

Karen said...

I try to find pockets of time on Sundays, for a nap or to read a book. But, for the most part it's a catch up day for me. I like your idea of taking back the day for the sabbath. One thing that's become part of our day is for DH and I to watch the Sunday Morning Show. It takes us through several cups of coffee and its become "our time" since the kids usually sleep in.

Linda said...

As I write this both the washer and dryer are humming away - but having spent the last three days at the hospital with my Dad I'm going to let myself off the hook. you Bev, I'm trying to really make the sabbath a day of rest. We go to church on saturday evening, so I have the whole day to do just that.
I'll hold you accountable if you'll hold me accountable. How's that?

Jill said...

I made this a New Years Resolution this year and I've been struggling ever since.
I have been trying to take time out on Saturday and Sunday. No chores, just sit and read or knit and watch a good movie.
I need to get more of my to do list done during the week, so that I can rest on Sunday.
When it's been 15 below its hard to get it all done.
But today 35 degrees. I saw people out and about in no coats.

Dianne said...

I am going to host KWK on my blog this THursday, giving away her book Rest. You're right, it has to be intentional. But a worthwhile and life-giving practice. I have to organize myself a little in advance and therein lies the difficulty, I think.

Gretchen said...

I don't know why I'm surprised when i too lose sight of the Sabbath day of rest. Planning and intention. Simple ideas, really, but not easy. Many other temptations roll by, and I'm oft quick to grab hold. Then wonder why I'm feeling just a little worn out. A trifle cynical. A bit "done".

I need to really prioritize my quiet thinking time (including getting up early to do this) so that I can plan my Sabbath. Sounds silly, I know...

BTW, I was just thinking of posting about my New Year's Resolution accountability, too. But I was going to wait till the first. Ha...nothing like putting off to tomorrow what you can do today.