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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Surrendering to Sabbath, slowly (a series about growth)

This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.
Isaiah 30:15 (NIV)

I need another day of rest. I can finally say it out loud, working on a surprise for our firstborn’s sweet 16 nearly took me out. For weeks we’ve been sweating the details keeping the surprise, working on making it perfect, and praise God, it was. So, instead of surrendering to Sabbath on Sunday, I kept going….

After everything, I still felt we needed to include my husband’s parents in the celebration, so I invited them for a family dinner. In planning the surprise, I’d gotten our daughter to plan her special meal, roast leg of lamb, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus and sautéed green beans. We had sparkling cider, raspberry lemonade, and cream puffs with ice cream, sliced strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

Our firstborn, in the first hour of the first day,
16 years ago. You are truly our joy.
We thank God for the gift you are to our lives.
Happy Birthday, princess! We love you!
It wasn’t a herculean undertaking, but in the wake of pulling off a party that honestly looked event-planner worthy, a smart person would have taken it easy. I kept going…

I awoke, prepped, and went to church. Everyone else was exhausted and my beloved was feeling a little bit under, but I felt that pull (I’m so glad I went, I am renewed, and have lots to write about).

A day later, it is time for repentance, rest, and quiet. Sunday's family celebration was the last big thing I’d committed to do, and while I am grateful for the peace and favor that covered me this weekend, I am obedient to the needs of my body and my soul. So, it’s happening. I am getting my mind right in stages.  It’s a holiday weekend, and the children are out of school for the next few days. So, Monday I practice a Sabbath mindset. I have learned the blessings of greater peace and calm that come of Sabbath practice. It is a start. I is a baby step.  I will be transformed, and God will be glorified through His working in me. Even when it takes more than just a day a week.

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