Friday, January 8, 2010

Enjoying Sunday's

Remember the sabbath to keep it holy.

This is one of the 10 commandments.  So why does it seem to be the hardest one for me to keep?  I would gladly take one day of the week off to relax and focus on God, just not Sunday!  This is the day I use to prepare for my week.  To do the last minute things I need to do for my Monday.  But it's wrong - a sin.

I've come to the conclusion that I need to write down everything I "do" on Sunday, and then plan to "do" these things on Saturday's.  I'm determined to learn how to keep this commandment.  How do you prepare for Sundays?


pippasmum said...

I have been thinking exactly the same thing. I work outside the home and I find that Sundays tend to get very full preparing for the week ahead and it takes my focus off what it should be on Sundays. Just last week, I bought a bunch of containers so that I can freeze my lunch for the week on Saturday and not spend so much time on Sunday getting ready. I like your idea of writing down the "Sunday jobs" so they can be done at another time.

Bonita said...

A couple of years ago I started really making it a priority to rest on Sundays. It has made all the difference in the world. Just knowing that a day of rest is coming has made Sunday my very favorite day of the week.

It was hard at first until I got in a pattern of learning to use the other days of the week to complete my work so Sunday was free. It was also hard to say "no" to the myriad of requests that started coming my way once I decided to honor Sundays. It is very rare for my husband and I to say "yes" to parties or showers on Sundays, but it took a while to get there. It also took a while for friends and family to respect our Sabbath and realize that we weren't going to work or do a bunch of stuff.

One thing that helps me is to start on Saturday night and then on Sunday evening I can do all the planning and stuff to start my week. Our church isn't currently holding services on Sunday evening so I have this time available. That way I feel like I've had a nice, long rest, but then by Sunday evening I'm gearing up for Monday morning.

I urge you to stick with it and make it work. If we don't have one day of rest a week we tend to stay on the hamster wheel perpetually and that isn't good. The world will not come to an end if you take one day to rest- I promise.

Jennifer Sikora said...

This is exactly where I am at today with my Sundays.

Thanks for the confirmation :)

Lori said...

I love this song. I usually catch up on laundry on Sundays but do try to relax and get some rest.

Gina Stinson said...

What a GREAT video. I love it. Thanks for the reminder regarding Sundays.

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

I love this Sonya! Thank You Jesus!

Kelly Combs said...

I'd never heard that song before. It was nice.

My Sundays tend to fluxuate. Some are restful and some are busy. I need to focus on it more.

Heckety said...

This is something I do battle with too, and I've been wondering how to deal with it. It's hard to get everything done on Saturday, and when the Hub and the girls all want an easy day I find that on Sunday's I wait on them hand and foot as I figure they deserve the rest. I just don't know what to do about it.

Heart2Heart said...

Oh if we didn't live in such a fast paced world how easy this would be to work on. On Sundays' we just attend church as long as everyone is well enough, have lunch with the family and just enjoy being together.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

my home sanctuary said...

Oh Sonya your are so right. This is so true. And I love the video. I think I will use it in our chapel service. Your right about thinking about what we do. Actually alot of the time I do rest. But I think I would like to include more time with God. I love you for bringing this up! BTW I didn't get to write my thankful post till this morning. I went ahead and linked it up too.
Thanks for doing this I love Thursdays.
Hope your weekend is blessed.

Sandy said...

Sonya, I have been thinking that, too. Thank you so much for sharing!
I need to work harder tomorrow, and wait til Sunday to rest!

Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

When God said to keep the Sabbath holy, it wasn't Sunday He was referring to. Christians honor Sunday as the Lord's day. Jews honor the Sabbath from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.

Our pastor (who can't rest on Sunday) and his family use another 24 hour period during the week every week as their Sabbath. If its hard to rest on Sundays, God will love to have you honor Him any day :) He knows all you have to do.

But He's surely pleased with your preparations to honor Him on Sunday, and will fully understand if things don't work out totally. Even Jesus healed on the Sabbath.

For me, being Jewish, what bothers me is the strange lengths that some Jews go through to religiously observe their Sabbath. Like walking to temple because driving a car is considered operating machinery which is "work" or even more ridiculous is walking the stairs because pressing an elevator button is "work". In some NY/NJ hospitals, they have the elevator stop at every floor just for the Jews who wouldn't press a button because it's the Sabbath.

Jesus saw a need and "worked" on the Sabbath admonishing the Jews who criticized Him, saying that they'd get their ox if it fell into a ditch on the Sabbath.

Sorry for the long comment. Guess I just got to ranting and couldn't stop :)

I know that God will honor your intent to keep Sundays for Him and would never want you to feel guilty if you have to do a task or two.

You're a blessing, my friend.

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