Let’s Talk Sabbath

Wendy Douglas —  April 18, 2012


Sabbath: a day of rest.

One of the questions I hear alot is “How in the world do you have a sabbath as a volunteer in children’s ministry?” Trying to fit in a day of rest when we have family, friends, work, and ministry requiring our time and attention each week can be a challenge.

But hear me say this…IT IS POSSIBLE. Not only is it possible…IT IS NECESSARY.

Everyone needs a day of rest. A day to relax. A day to recharge.


Here are three things I know to do:

  • Make the  time – Rearrange your schedule. If there is something on your schedule every day of the week, change it. It may mean that one of your days is busier than normal, but it will be worth it to have a day of nothing on your schedule.
  • Guard the time – Be protective of your time of rest. Turn your phone off. Stay away from your computer. Don’t open your email. Say no to a meeting request for that day. Resist the urge to fill that day.
  • Use the time – This doesn’t mean you have to do something on your day of rest. This means sleep in, read a book, date your spouse, do something fun with your family.

There is a special rest waiting for the people of God.

Hebrews 4:9

What is your biggest struggle with having a Sabbath? What does your Sabbath look like?

Wendy Douglas

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Wendy is married to a warrior for the last 18 years and Mom to three boys. She volunteers in KidzPlace at The Gathering Church in Sevierville, TN. She reads almost anything she can get her hands on. In addition to contributing to Kidmin1124, she maintains her own blog called Saved Sister at http://savedsister7.blogspot.com/.

3 responses to Let’s Talk Sabbath

  1. Wendy,

    Great article (as always) and a critical reminder to all us. God prescribes these things for us because He knows what we need. When we tell Him, “I’m too busy,” it’s like saying, “You really don’t understand God, if you were as busy as me you would!” All that to say, this is an area I need to work on more! Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Agree with Wayne. Great article and reminder. Like most, I say I’m “too busy” to take a break. But the truth is, I really am thinking, “I’m too important to take a break. What would people — and God — do if I wasn’t here?” I have a major pride issue.

  3. It is something I have struggled with as well. “Too busy to rest” is something I would say to myself when deep inside I was longing for that time to recharge. God revealed to me that I was really no good during the busy-ness if I didn’t take some time to rest. This really is a discipline as there are times I have to fight the urge to fill the empty space.