Wednesday, October 26, 2011

That darn 'ol day of rest that I'm too busy for.

 "Oh for the love of Mike!!!" I thought, as yet another source listed the important benefits for families being intentional about taking a day of rest- that whole, "Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy," business getting all up in my face again.  It kept following me- the radio, magazines, and even conversations with friends and family... not to mention the conversation I just had with my man last night.  Adrain has been putting in something like 60 hour weeks at his new job and the exhaustion is draining him- not to mention all of us, as we lack his presence.  (God, feel free to sell this house quick so we can be nearer to the man!) He has been working the past couple of Sundays, so our plan to set that day aside really went out the window. (guilt) And then today I read an article that said Jewish people celebrate the Sabbath from sundown Friday night to sundown Saturday night.  And that's when it hit me... it doesn't matter WHEN we do it... so long as we do it. 
No sooner had that idea hit me, when I realized that as the woman of the house... the Mama... the wife... the organizer-of-all-family-matters-extraordinaire, it's my job to make this happen.  With that in mind, I set to work, planning this.  I prepared a refrigerator envelope with some cards and a pen, so anyone who had a specific prayer request, could jot it down and slip it into that envelope for our family worship time, over breakfast on Saturday.  And then I put together a sheet of paper with some reminders and expectations, as well as encouragements that will be given to the kiddos on Friday afternoon.  Nothing fancy or complicated, just something that took about 5 minutes to type up for them, and the beauty is, I can update it each week and print it out so they have it.  I included a bible verse that I really want them to read and (on a good day) spend 5 minutes thinking about.  I typed one reflective question that corresponded with the verse and that's it.  Easy and a starting point.

It's our job, as the women extraordinaire in our family's lives, to encourage them to get chores done, homework finished, and if we can swing it, get some sort of meal prepared so that on our actual day of rest, we can all do just that.  Rest.  Close the door to the laundry room, order take-out if you need to, but give yourselves permission to rest.  And in that rest, carve out individual and family time for prayer, bible reading and getting your heart settled for the week to come.  I think we can all agree that sounds kind of heavenly.  Heh, heh.

Oh, and by the way, I do write "Woman Extraordinaire" in the  blank whenever I'm asked for my job description.  No one has ever contested it, and it sure beats, "Housewife."  Though "C.E.O. of a small family based organization, specializing in the development and early childhood education of minors" has always been kind of near to my heart too.  Just saying.  (grin.)

18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful idea Sasha! Our family keeps our Sundays for Church and family time, but adding a little extra love sounds like a wonderful addition to Sunday. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Keeping a Sabbath day in our house had become a key part in our family dynamics. We all look so forward to Sundays. Our pastor had preached on it a few times...the word sabbath can mean both the holy day and also shabot, which means to stop. You're right that it doesn't matter when we do it but we are commanded to do it. Make one day different from the rest, dedicated to restoration and preparation for the week ahead. We love our days of rest and I know you guys will too!

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  3. what a great idea! Love your job description! I say my farmer husband is an agricultural engineer! HA!

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  4. We've been in church ministry nearly all of our married life, so Sundays have never felt like the Sabbath to us. Typically, Saturday is when we try to REST together as a family...if that doesn't work, then we use my husband's day off, which is Friday.

    I agree with you that it is so important for us, as wives, to make sure this happens in our home....

    loved this post...great reminder to us all.

    And, don't think for a SECOND that I'm not using that as my "job description" next time I fill out paperwork.

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  5. the wonderful thing about Our Father is when we listen to his wise instruction and apply it, somehow he allows the time patience and focus to get the busy stuff done. I've seen it pan out in my life all to many times. I think we are too busy to stop but do it anyway and with that reset and focus on God it just works out.

    I like the prayer requests idea thanks

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  6. the day of rest literally leaves me no choice but to rest. i feel like i can barely function on sunday. a nap beckons me. God must have me wired that way:)

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  7. As someone who grew up keeping the Bible Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, I highly recommend it! My little guys look forward to a day where Daddy's home from work and Mommy isn't distracted by laundry and projects. We have a special yet simple meal on Friday evening with family worship by candlelight afterward. We go to church on Sabbath/Saturday morning, then usually go for a walk or hang out at the lake in the afternoon. We love our day of rest and I know you will too!

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  8. Good idea! When asked my job position, I often respond, "Domestic Engineer." :)

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  9. I love this..it serves as a good reminder that as keepers of the home we are the ones who set the tone for the daily practices and traditions we hold dear. Keeping the Sabbath and learning to just rest in Him is not easy because it feels like we should be doing 'something' but that something is just to be still and know that He is in control always and we trust Him in that. Thanks for sharing!

    Kind Regards,
    Nicole

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  10. it is no coincidence that i stayed up late last night contemplating much the same thing - a day of rest much needed & how it doesn't have to be sunday, so long as i do it! i hope ya'll do it & stick with it for i know you will surely be blessed! i look forward to possible future posts about your experiences. as always, thanks for sharing!

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  11. Sasha,
    I love this idea. Sunday is our day of rest too. Believe you me, I have been adhering to it. I have been able to get a nap the past two Sundays....and loving it. However, every now and then I find myself doing laundry. I need to get it done on Saturday or during the week. I like this idea of settling our hearts for the week to come.
    I had to laugh at the Woman Extraordinare on the job apps. I love that.

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  12. Thank you for the encouragement, I too need to make the Sabbath a priority.

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  13. Oh I heartily agree; we have seen that God is WISE in giving us the Sabbath; we are free from thinking about homework and jobs...it gives me such mental space.
    However, you have done a blessed thing by taking it further into worship as well.

    I have read some good articles through blog land that sometimes rest is misguided and that we need 'rest in God' to be our focus.

    All things to think about; God focused is the first step.

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  14. prayers for ur house to sell...i understand the 'need' to have our men close to the family....(besides not wanting our spouses tired...so they can be with us in mind and body in peace

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  15. We just had a very similar conversation--I love being the woman extraordinaire...even if it feels like a lot of work sometimes. I'm all about making it more meaningful:)

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  16. What a refreshing (& needed) reminder to not only rest but take responsibility in making that happen for our family. This is definitely one of those posts I'm going to print off and keep in my Woman Extraordinaire binder. ;) Great and easy suggestions to make God and resting in Him a priority.

    LOVE your job title, btw. You are a delight!

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  17. I have no idea what I do with my time but I never seem to have any of it. I need to pick a day of rest.

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