How to Have the Best Sabbath

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How to Have the Best Sabbath

In the beginning, God spent six days creating light, water, sky, land, the seas, fruits, vegetables, stars, the moon, the sun, the birds, the fish, the animals, and people. After all of this creativity and work, the Lord rested on the seventh day. We see from the very beginning an example of work and rest. Later on, the fourth commandment is given to Moses and tells us to remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy (Exodus 20:8). We then witness Jesus in the New Testament valuing rest and time away with the Father (Mark 6:31). How can we have the best Sabbath?

When we get into a routine of setting aside the space to enter into the rest God has for us, we are more likely to create that discipline. Whether your schedule is the same every week or not, find time to rest and get away from the busy.

2. Rest in the opposite way you work

I once heard from a podcast, “If you work with your hands, rest with your mind. And if you work with you mind, rest with your hands.” This was a profound statement to me. If I am physically exerting myself at work all week, I need to physically be still and rest with my mind through reading, writing, crosswords, puzzles, etc. If I am intellectually working all week, I need to rest with my hands through something such as walking, sports, biking, painting, pottery, etc. Resting with God does not mean reading the Bible all day or praying all day. Although it could be this, it can also mean reflecting on the Lord all day and dedicating the day of rest to Him. We can invite Jesus into our fun days off.

3. Learn your barriers to resting

If we are unaware of our barriers to resting, we will not recognize the enemy we are fighting against. It is important that we grow in our self-awareness and learn the weaknesses we each face when it comes to the Sabbath. The enemy wants to prevent this gift from being received, so he will try to come against your time off with God. We must be on our guard and combat the lies of the enemy.

4. Invite fun into your sabbath

Some people think that a sabbath has to be a day-long Bible Study. If that is joyful and peaceful to you, go for it. However, if you want to go on a hike and admire God’s creation, enjoy! If you want to shoot basketball hoops and ponder Scripture while you play, go for it! If you want to reflect on the love of God and paint something beautiful, try that. When we think of rest, it is valuable to have a broader perspective than just sitting down. Rest is a state of being, not just a physical position.

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Emma DanzeyEmma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew for over two years and mom to baby Graham. Drew and Emma serve with Upstate CRU college ministry in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life questions, and on the Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She had the joy of hosting Her Many Hats podcast where she explored the many roles that women play while serving One God. Most recently, Emma has released her first Bible Study Book, Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness.

Emma enjoys singing/songwriting, fitness classes, trying new recipes, home makeover shows, and drinking tea! During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Emma also had the privilege of having been a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India. Mukti has been working to restore shattered lives in India for over 120 years. You can view her articles through her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com and check out her Bible Study videos on Instagram @Emmadanzey.