Resurrecting Your Sabbath

If you haven’t read the post from Monday, May 10, you probably want to do that first because today is a continuation of the article started there by Keri Wyatt Kent on Creating a Sabbath Habit. Monday’s blog had the intro and the first two steps. Did you do them? Just remember that saying “No” isn’t just so we can free up more time for our TV or our favorite book or sports—in fact, those might be some of the things we need to say “No” to—but to free up time to live at the rhythm of life designed by God.

Here is part two of Keri’s article (the final 4 steps will appear later this week):

I Just Need a Rest: 10 Steps to Creating a Sabbath Habit (PART II)
By Keri Wyatt Kent

3. Delegate. Running a household is a full-time job. Moms who shoulder all of the
work of a home by themselves are bound to feel resentment, but also will have
trouble taking a day off because there is too much for them to do, especially
if they do anything outside of the home (a job, volunteering, caring for an
aging parent). If your children can reach the buttons on the washing machine,
they should be doing their own laundry. By about third grade, they can pack
their own lunches. Get a chore chart and make sure everyone in the house helps
with dusting, vacuuming, mopping, dishes and so on. Delegating household chores
will allow everyone the time to rest one day a week.
4. Do a little planning. Some of us are naturally planners, others are more
spontaneous. But in order to have a day of rest (in which you can be totally
spontaneous) you have to plan ahead. Before Sunday, get the grocery shopping
and household chores done (with help from your family!!). Make enough for
dinner on Friday and Saturday that you can eat leftovers on Sunday, or stock up
on frozen pizza! Clean the house the day before. But if you don’t get
everything done, let it go. Just stop, whether you’re fully prepared or not.
5. Make worship the focus. If we make Sabbath only about us and our need for rest and
rejuvenation, we won’t sustain the practice. While Sabbath is a gift, it’s also
a day to focus on God. Plan to attend church (working around kid’s sports
schedules if need be). Take time during your 24 hours to be grateful. You can
do this in private prayer, or have your family share around the dinner table
what they were thankful for during the week.
6. Start small, and build slowly. Don’t go for an extreme makeover of your life. Just
choose one thing to refrain from—be it laundry, grocery shopping, checking
e-mail. And then choose one thing to engage in—maybe reading an inspiring book
or taking a walk with a friend. Over the next several weeks, pick one thing
each week to add to your Sabbath, and to subtract. Give yourself as many weeks
as it takes to slowly build and refine your Sabbath practice.
Keri Wyatt Kent is a speaker and author of seven books, including Rest: Living In Sabbath Simplicity. For more on Sabbath and her ministry, visit 


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