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Now more than ever, our culture is gasping for air emotionally and spiritually. We are drowning in busy and the frantic pace of life.

Do you ever want to stop? Breathe? And rest?


Well, our team has begun exploring the rest of God, and we’d love to share our learnings along the way!

One of the first things we explored was what we are resting FROM! Big picture, we explored a rest from work of all kinds… for example, one of our team members decided to not do dishes on their day of rest! We also explored resting from being overconnected… for example, not being on our phone other than to directly connect with individuals. Keeping in mind this exploration is not a list of do’s and don’ts, we instead explored different ways to fill our soul and sought to do those things!

Some on our TEAM have little kids, and they quickly realized that a day of rest for them is going to look different than for a family with older kids or for empty nesters. They’ve been learning to experience the goodness of God in the season they are IN instead of waiting for the next season of life to explore a day of rest. Here are some ideas for making the day more restful with young children:

    • – Create a “rest” toy box that only gets opened on your day of rest to create a little margin for yourself.
      – Consider mandatory quiet times or naps on your day of rest – restful for everyone!
      – Take turns with one spouse taking some time alone while the other takes the kids.
      – Engage family and your church family for help with the kids.

We also realized trying to set aside a full 24 hours for rest, cold turkey, was a challenge initially. So we decided to start where we were at… if we had a half day to rest, we started there and then continued to add hours as we explored the gift of rest.

Finally, we found our day of rest was most restful when we had prepared for it! Many of our team takes Sunday as their day of rest, which means Saturday we try to do all our yard work, house work and some on our team even prepare meals in advance for their day of rest. We sought to find the things that fill us and planned ahead to do the things that didn’t fill us beforehand.

How about you? What has worked (or not worked) for you as you explore a day of rest? Leave a reply!

3 thoughts on “Exploring a Day of Rest together”

  1. Holly Schoenecker says:

    I have 3 young kids and one thing that’s helped me as I’ve started to make some changes to experience a day of rest is that it’s a day I actively try to say yes to my kids… go to the park “yes”… play Candy Land again “yes”…have popcorn for lunch “yes!” It makes for a fun day of being intentional with them.

  2. Brenda Nelson says:

    Thank you for the Annie Downs podcast that you shared. I especially like the comment that John Mark Comer made about there being so much freedom in negative commands, and boiled it down to: practicing the Sabbath means don’t work, but do rest and worship, which leaves it open for each person to explore what is the most restful and worshipful way to spend their Sabbath day. I’ve been trying to figure out the best way for myself to celebrate the Sabbath as a wife of an unbeliever with two young adult sons (one still in college), and a part-time caregiver of my dad who has Alzheimer’s, and as a business owner who works from a home office, in a typical religious church family. It is so encouraging that your radio team has invited its listeners to reconsider this forgotten or despised commandment of God. Now I feel a little less alone in my journey. Although I’m not always able to celebrate the Sabbath in a way that I would consider to be ideal, I always try to take a few minutes to admire, or at least think about, God’s amazing creation and his great works and mercy, and to recognize him in prayer as my king. I normally pull up 3 of my favorite old hymns on YouTube and sing along with them, and then pull up a couple contemporary songs that I can dance to as I worship. Another important aspect of the day is to “keep it Holy”. To me, it means don’t watch things on TV that are inappropriate and try to incorporate more worshipful activities and more God-centered fun. So then making a more concerted effort on one day to be holy reminds me we also have a blanket commandment to be holy all the time, which now seems a bit more doable the rest of the week too; if I can do it one day, I can do it better the other six days too with God’s help. For the remainder of my Sabbath day, I look to Jesus to inform what I should do. Jesus said that he is the Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus said it is lawful to do good, to save lives and to heal on the Sabbath, so as someone who is not employed in full-time ministry, ideally I’d like to spend my Sabbath doing some sort of Christian outreach or working on a God-honoring gift, as he has made me to enjoy being creative for his glory.

  3. Cindy Nyberg says:

    To create margin in our family’s day of rest we put simple meals on the menu for that day. Less prep, easier clean up and it’s really a bonus if what we’re having is something that can travel with us to a park or scenic area for a picnic.

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