For some time, I’ve been contemplating doing a specific Sabbath for myself. I was becoming aware of my overwhelm, anxious thoughts and need to “always be doing something.” I know I need to consciously slow down but that practice wouldn’t happen on its’ own. I had to be intentional. I started listening to more Christian authors and podcasters discuss the importance of taking a Sabbath and what that practically looks like for them.
For me, it’s taking 1 day a week to not be on social media and not working. If I’m not careful, I won’t ever take a break from working. Now, I don’t work a traditional job, but 1 hour here and there can add up. Plus, God commands us to keep the Sabbath holy. I’ve struggled with how to do this because my husband works on Sundays and this was a great day for me to get a jump on Monday. So I practice my Sabbath on Saturdays! The point is not to make it perfect, but to try it and see. I try to read more on this day, listen to worship music, and spend intentional time with my boys. Ideally, I’d love to not shop online, not do laundry or any other housework on my Sabbath, but I’m not there yet. And that’s okay. It’s a practiced discipline.
– Exodus 20:8 says to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. It’s set apart. It’s a day that shouldn’t look like all the others.
Here’s some ideas for what to do on a Sabbath-
- Listen to music
- Read your Bible, a book or a magazine
- Spend time in your garden
- Enjoy a hobby like painting, crocheting or coloring
- Take a nap
- Play a game or put together a puzzle with your family
- Put your phone on airplane mode
- Take a road trip or afternoon drive
- Pray over your family, your friends and yourself
- Plan the upcoming week
- Eat leftovers or eat out
- Listen to podcasts or audiobooks
- Watch a movie or TV show
I have really seen the fruit in my life spiritually from taking a day to rest from social media and my work obligations. I would encourage you to practice your own Sabbath. If it feels like too much, try it from noon on Saturday to 8 am on Sunday. Start small.
Authors and podcasters who have spoken and influenced me in this area: Annie F Down, John Mark Comer, Jefferson Bethke, Shireen Eldridge
I’ll share more on how I prep for the Sabbath and some other thoughts on doing it as a mom, still using technology and more.