Other days might disappoint, but a day of Sabbath rest will energize you like nothing else. #Sabbath #rest #Sabbathrest #selfcare #selfcarehacks #podcast

Other days might disappoint, but a day of Sabbath rest will energize you like nothing else. Discover the ultimate self-care hack!

This post is part of the Five-Minute Friday quick write hosted by Kate Moutang. Join us each Thursday night on Twitter (#FMFParty) for fun and fellowship, then grab a pen and start writing when the prompt goes live!

Other days might disappoint, but a day of Sabbath rest will energize you like nothing else. #Sabbath #rest #Sabbathrest #selfcare #selfcarehacks #podcast

Do Your To-Do Lists Disappoint You?

“Mrs. Ojeda, why do you always say, ‘Thank you that the Sabbath is coming’ when you pray*?” my student asked me.

“I do?” I asked.

“Yeah, you do,” another student chimed in.

“Maybe because I can’t wait for Sabbath rest and I’m so happy God gave us one day a week when we don’t have to do work.”

“But you’re on weekend duty every three weeks,” the first student pointed out.

“Yeah, but I don’t do any other work on Sabbath—I just supervise at church and for meals and activities.”

“What about when you were in school, did you do homework on the Sabbath?”

“Nope. Never. Even in college.”

“How did you get everything done?”

“I don’t know, I just did.” I shrugged. “The same way I get everything done now, I suppose. God gave us Sabbath rest so we could spend time with him—whether with other people in a church setting or out in nature enjoying his creation.”

“I thought Sabbath rest meant we have to just, you know, sleep all day.”

I laughed. “No, it simply means we step away from our normal life and put our focus on hanging out with God instead of our to-do lists, video games, social media, books, homework, and all those other things that want our attention.”

The Beauty of Sabbath Rest

The older I get, the more I appreciate the gift of Sabbath rest. One day each week set aside where I don’t have to do the usual and can forget about projects, deadlines, grading papers, or keeping up. I start the night before and revel in letting go. Often, I’ll go to bed a little earlier and wake up a little later.

Sometimes, I go to church to worship with other believers. Other times, I go on a hike or go birding. We also love camping and exploring. But for 24 hours, I set aside all that looms. Occasionally, if I’ve had a sleep-deprived week, I’ll take a nap in the afternoon.

The beauty of Sabbath rest lies in what happens when the Sabbath ends. Somehow, all those dreadful deadlines and lists of things to do seem much more manageable. My mind has a chance to do a mental reset and cache-clearing. This allows me to start the week fresh with energy and joy.

When Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28) he already had the rest planned out from the beginning. If you’d like to study more about Sabbath rest, you can download a free Bible study.

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*Wondering why my students hear me praying, and why we have discussions like this? Simple. I work at a Christian boarding school for Native American students. Our goal isn’t to ‘convert’ them all to our denomination or religion. Instead, we seek to live out our relationships with Jesus in such a way that kids ask questions and desire to have their own personal relationship with Jesus.

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23 Comments

  1. Taking Sabbath is like tithing. Somehow we get more done with less timeb just like 90% of our dollars goes further than 100%. I have been called many times how that works but It’s the one thing God says to treat Him on…
    “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!
    Malachi 3:10 NLT
    https://bible.com/bible/116/mal.3.10.NLT
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  2. Sabbath IS such a beautiful gift that I squander too often. I love that you thank God in your prayers for it! You’ve given me some good things to think about.

    Amie, FMF #19
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  3. For me there is no Sabbath rest,
    no succor for my soul;
    every day’s a deadly test,
    and survival is the goal.
    I have to push hard to the place
    where strength must fail, then past
    the wall, disdaining grace,
    for that’s how I will last
    through the dreadful days to come,
    the pain that soon will be;
    it may be smart, it may be dumb,
    but this fight’s all ’bout me,
    and I’m committed to this course
    of facing cancer force-on-force.

  4. Amen Anita. Love your post, and I love how you practice your Sabbath rest. I remember as a child, growing up, my family strictly practiced sabbath rest. It’s so hard to do now, try as I do, sometimes it doesn’t work out. Thank you for your insights and encouragement. Your story has brought encouragement to me to keep on trying to meet for rest on the Sabbath…Blessings. FMF #11
    Paula Short recently posted…Not So Disappointed After All.My Profile

  5. I’ve become more intentional about Sabbath Rest because it’s like breathing in that fresh air of grace before gearing up for another busy week. Thank you for the wonderful thoughts you’ve shared in your post.

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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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