Archive for March, 2007

Sabbath

March 4, 2007

What is it that makes a Sabbath? I highly recommend Lynne Baab’s book – “Sabbath Keeping”.

Long before I read her book I was “Sabbathing” by taking time away from whatever was draining me. So, while I was in school, I would stop studying from 4pm Saturday to 4pm Sunday – no input whatsoever except Sunday morning’s sermon. The only viewing I did was for pleasure. God blessed me so many times because I took that time away. One Sunday I was still not rested when I got home from church Sunday night, and felt that I needed more Sabbath rest from studying, but I had a huge paper due that week. I chose to rest – and somehow got a huge paper done in just one night – a real miracle. I had never written that fast, and I got an “A”.

The point for me is to walk away and let God be God. If everything falls apart while I am resting, then I apparently wasn’t letting God into the process in the first place.

What do you do for Sabbath?

Prayer

March 3, 2007

I am reading the “Power of Prayer” by R.A. Torrey. Amazing! Today I read about the importance of praying in Jesus’ name. Earlier in the book, he talked about actually talking to God when we are praying.

Have you ever thought about that? When you pray, are you actually talking to God? I wonder – sometimes I think I have a tendency to just complain – give God my ‘list’ – but my heart isn’t talking to God – it is whining. In fact, I have found myself talking to myself about what I want to talk to God about. What is that?

This kind of goes with Sabbath. Taking time out to slow down and actually rest. I endeavor to take the time to pray – not just time for prayer, but time to slow down and actually talk to God.

Time to hear His voice, and time to stop whining. To express the depth of what is in my heart and to hear what God has to say to me.