The Sabbath Experiment

A few steps to experience Sabbath peace
  • What feels like work to me?
  • What would I do if all my work was done?
  • What are my reasons for not keeping a Sabbath?

If Sabbath seems like a pipe dream for your overfull life, then start by knocking off one or two of your "work" items and adding one or two of your "not work" items this week. Consider this a "taste" of Sabbath in your life.

Week #2: Sabbath Realities

Whether you're good at Sabbath or laugh at the idea of actually resting for an entire day, you can start somewhere. As you continue to add to your list of "work" and "not work," consider the time-suckers that steal your rest. Chores? Cell phone? Facebook? Work responsibilities? This week, relentlessly cut those things out of one 24-hour period. Are you more addicted to work than you'd like to admit? It's often in the boredom and silence that we discover the true condition of our hearts. Bring it before God and allow him to recalibrate your identity in nothing but his love.

Week #3: Sabbath Play

Lauren Winner says, "I do things that give me and God joy." Carolyn Arends writes about the wonder of children who are outside of time, and how when we rest on the Sabbath we experience the "whiff" of living outside of time. Do you remember how to play? This week, challenge yourself to do something that you used to love or that brings you joy. Think back (maybe way back). Cartwheels? Kickball? Finding pictures in the clouds? Shrug off your adulthood for a block of time and embrace the reality of being a "little child" in God's eyes.

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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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