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Two Questions For Sabbath and Why I Took One

I’ve read it too many times to count. You probably have, too.

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy (Ex. 20:8).

Somehow in college that was easier for me. More black and white. A sacrifice for sure, but easy to recognize what God wanted me to do when I got the nudge to trust Him with my Monday classes by not studying on Sunday. Somewhere between my freshman and junior years (I don’t remember when), I felt the nudge to give up my true geek on Sunday and rest from the normal. I had to study more on Saturdays. But always, God honored the sacrifice.

The work I do now, however, is not so easily discernible. Mommy stuff. Writing. Keeping up with Facebook. And Twitter. Learning German. Working on Tribe Writers assignments. (Did I tell you I’m taking an online writing course with Jeff Goins? Love it.) Not so black and white. Because I love the writing. And the Mommy stuff is kind of my life right now. And facebook, well, isn’t that a kind of rest? And I have to learn German. I live in Germany.

And yet, heading into yesterday, I felt the old conviction to rest from the usual. Take a break from the normal life.

So I took a break from email. And writing. And facebook and twitter.

Oh, I had all kinds of arguments against it. What about the encouragement I wanted to send to a friend today? Does that count as normal? And the facebook page for Graffiti, an ebook I get to help launch (it’s awesome! By Alene Snodgrass. I’ll tell you more very soon! Check it out here.)? There’s a lot going on right now, and it would be bad for me to miss any of it.

But when I realized the true questions at hand, and then answered them, I knew absolutely what I needed to do.

Don’t you think God can take care of it, since He’s the One asking you to give it up?

I had to go deep to answer this one honestly. Because somewhere in the last few months of this journey, I started trusting my work more than the hand of the One Who has given it to me. I have grown dangerously close to the kind of self-preservation that keeps me focused on my accomplishments and endeavors. But the truth is, I want quiet-hearted humility that stands firmly focused on God’s ways not my own.

To take an entire day’s rest from all things writing and networking, well that required the kind of submissive trust in God that I have been lacking. The kind I need if I am ever going to be truly successful as He defines success.

Why would you not take a day to rest?

God Himself took one. And all He had to do was speak. Let there be light. Let dry ground appear. Let us make man . . . ” (See Gen. 1.) God used the spoken Word to create life itself. All of Creation. And when He was done, He took a whole entire day, and He rested from His work. How can I not need the same? And how could I possibly not be able to step away from my work for just 24 short hours? Am I better at this work thing than God?
I answered the questions. Then I took a step of faith. And I let myself rest from the normal pull of the laptop. I found refreshment in time with my family, no just sitting next to them. And this morning when I opened my computer, I was actually able to think straight to respond and deal with each email.

What about you? Do you practice a Sabbath rest of some sort? What’s difficult about it? Let’s chat. Leave a comment (click the bubble next the title up there at the top). Or click this to send me an email.

What God Says About Unafraid {Day 10}

I started the journal entry with two words:

Phase II.

Phase One had been hard. As beautiful as the adventure was and as amazed that we were to say we now lived in Germany, my heart was uneasy for most of the first three months we were here. Homesick and lonely and frustrated by the fact that I was homesick and lonely. It ended with a trip home. One week in the Home of the Brave. But when Phase II started, I was ready for more brave, armed with new refreshment and with truth that reminded me I was right where God wanted me.

I had a verse from Scripture for the whole year here. It’s the one in the very front of my journal. Right after the words I treasure from my very dear friend who gave me the journal 5 days before we left. But leaving after that week, well it started a new phase of our adventure, so I felt like it needed a new Scripture, a sort of new reminder of the truth about God’s plan and His care and His no-matter-what-you-don’t-have-to-fear strength. That’s why under the words Phase II, I wrote down these words from the prophet named Jeremiah.

But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit (Jer. 17:7-8).

That tree by the water, it doesn’t worry about getting the nourishment it needs. Because, well, it’s planted by the water. And it doesn’t get afraid when things heat up and drought threatens. Because its source of life is in the very place in which it lives.

I want to be that tree. Not worried or afraid ever. Not shaken by threats or what-ifs. Unaffected when things around me dry up and crumble.

And, according to the very words that God Himself spoke through this man named Jeremiah, I can! So can you. According to this verse right here, we can live unafraid.

*This month, I’m joining a bunch of other bloggers in a challenge to write for 31 days on a topic about change. Having struggled with fear (sometimes paralyzing) for a lot of my life and missing much of the living that I know God wants for me, I am on a mission to live unafraid for 31 days straight. And challenging you to join me. And I’m writing about it. You can catch up here if you’ve missed any of the days. Bring a friend, too. It’ll make it more fun. Oh, and here’s a button for you to grab if you have a blog and would like to share the unafraid life (which, btw, I would love).

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