The Sabbath Experiment

A few steps to experience Sabbath peace
The Sabbath Experiment

Last Saturday I slept in until 8:30. My husband brought me coffee in bed, and we talked for several minutes while the kids played downstairs. I took a deep breath and felt a settling sense of peace. Then I had a startling thought: Why don't we do this more?

Nancy Beach writes, "The Sabbath is actually life-giving when we free up time and space to practice it." I agree, so what keeps me from practicing Sabbath? When I consider my lack of rest and then ask myself this question, I give a litany of excuses:

  • It's not really important
  • I don't need it
  • I'll waste time
  • I can't carve that out in my schedule
  • It requires too much planning
  • I hate rules!

Sabbath-keeping is a direct commandment in Scripture, and my list of excuses adds up to nothing more than disobedience. So what's a frazzled heart to do? What if I got serious about practicing Sabbath, to "taste and see" that keeping God's rule of life is actually good—for me, for my family, and for my relationship with God?

If this resonates with you, I'd like to invite you into a Sabbath-keeping experiment. This practice of Sabbath-keeping is a take-it-slow kind of experience, designed to help you make the space to find that re-centering peace with God. Over the next six weeks, take a few small steps to experience Sabbath peace.

Week #1: Sabbath Dreams

This week, physically or mentally prepare a list of reasons why you don't practice Sabbath. Oftentimes, small children or ministry commitments end up making it impossible to find a 24-hour period of time that's available. Jonlyn Fincher offers us some Sabbath flexibility by inviting us to consider what feels like "work" and "not work." So this week, journal these questions:

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Nicole Unice

Nicole Unice is a TCW regular contributor. Nicole is on the ministry staff of Hope Church and author of Brave Enough and She's Got Issues. She writes for a variety of magazines and speaks nationwide at retreats and leadership events. Nicole and her husband Dave have three children. You can find her blogging about honest living at

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Busyness; God's Presence; Rest; Sabbath; Slowing Down; Worship
Today's Christian Woman, May/June , 2011
Posted May 2, 2011

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