Monday, August 5, 2013

Sabbath Rest

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Genesis 2:2-3 ~ 

By the seventh day God had finished his work, and so he rested. God blessed the seventh day and made it special because on that day he rested from his work.

Sabbath rest.

Breathe in and out.  Out and in.  Let out the old, stale air and let in the new, fresh air. 

Breathe.  A deep strong inhale and a long shuddering exhale.

Sabbath is rest.  A long sigh of relief as the cares of the week leave.  A sigh blowing the cobwebs of concern away.  A time to stop.  Listen.  Be still.  To reflect.  To notice.

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Breathe in and out.  Out in and in.  Breathe in calmness, peace and rest.  Breathe out cares, worries and tensions.  Breathe in rejuvenation.  Breathe out anxiety.

Sabbath is relationship.  A time to stop and talk with the Lord.  A time to commune with Him.  To hear from Him.  To breathe in His essence.

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Breathe.  A deep strong inhale and a long shuddering exhale.

Breathe in and out.  Out and in.  Let out the old, stale attitudes and thoughts and let in the new hope and peace.

Sabbath rest.

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This week I'm thankful blessings -  #1682-1700.

♥ A wall broken down and an open door.

♥ Unexpected photo opportunities.

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♥ A morning of writing with a friend.

♥ A chance to say goodbye to a friend who is moving on to a new pastorate with her husband.

♥ The privilege of doing a Bible study with a few girls from church.

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♥ A good chunk of editing completed.

♥ Making tasty meals for my family.

♥ Exercise.
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♥ New visitors at church.

♥ Teaching little ones about God.

♥ Sitting outside in the fresh air, eating lunch by the water.

♥ A father who enjoys spending time with his children.

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♥ The popping of canning jars.

♥ Access to a variety of grocery stores; many don't have that privilege.

♥ The smell of lemon as I clean.

♥ Fresh bread, straight from the oven.

♥ Loving what I do both at home and at church.

♥ Meeting kindred spirits in unexpected places, such as at the registrar's office in the public school.

and finally...

♥ A much needed Sabbath rest.

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