Shabbat – the day of rest. Do you rest, or do you work as if it is another day.


I have started trying to rest, really rest, on Sunday. But I struggle. No lists, or cooking, and no laundry, from sunset Saturday evening, until sunset Sunday evening.


Sitting on the couch, trying to find the solitude of soul, an inner quite; but my thoughts come crashing in, uninvited, and unruly.


The Crockpot slowly cooks for me, as I begin my day of rest. A day not created as a burden, but a day crafted as a gift.


“Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which god had created and made.” (Genesis 2:3)


“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19)


This rest is not an easy thing; this trying to copy what my Father does.  My mind races, with wanting to get things done; things that, in truth, I could have done yesterday, or it could wait until tomorrow.


Nothing must be done today except rest.


In Rest, we slow down, and somehow, God is easier to hear.


Today, I have found it difficult to be still and know that He is God…that He is near.  So, I leave the confines of these four walls, and walk outside.


“Show me, God, your Glory”, I whisper up, and the breeze carries my breath prayer into the throne room.


And as the breeze that carried my breath to Him, returns to me with His presence.  He is near to me, I know.  I look around, and there He is, in all of His glory…the Lord of Shabbat!


_MG_3241_MG_3240_MG_3213_MG_3214_MG_3174And it is in Shabbat that I find my creativity, and my peace .  How does He manage to make all things new – and all I have to do is rest?  How Awesome are you  Lord!


Shabbat Shalom!

The following two tabs change content below.
Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

Latest posts by Diane W. Bailey (see all)

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This