A Bit of a Sabbatical

The word “sabbatical” is from the same root as Hebrew word “Shabbat,”  or Sabbath.  The precedent for the Sabbath rest was set by God himself, after he created the world, and he commands us to keep the sabbath as well.  Now, some people interpret the Sabbath rest as literally one day per week, when we are commanded to rest from our work.  Others say that our Sabbath rest IS Jesus himself, because we “rest from work” when we trust Him alone for our salvation.  We no longer are bound by the Law, since Jesus Himself fulfilled the law.

Sabbatical Prayer

I see validity in both interpretations.  I do know one thing: That God occasionally calls us to a Shabbat in many aspects of our lives, setting aside our toil to focus, reflect, and renew.  For me, it is not natural to slow down.  I am driven to constantly learn and do new things.  I am a “go, go go” person, so when the Lord wants me to stop, he has to really get my attention!  (I should work on this, I know!)

Well, He has commanded my attention.  Our family has been going through some difficult times.  Although I know that we are not alone in our struggles, we have had to pull together, and focus our attention to get through.  The great thing about God is that He works within the struggles, not despite them. And He certainly doesn’t protect us from all hardships.

I hesitate to write a post like this, because I don’t want people to worry.  We are all fine, my kids are well, I’m still madly in love with my husband.  It’s just a challenging time right now, and it’s not fully my story to tell.

My instinct is to power ahead instead of listening to my body, and the Lord’s gentle nudging.  But I’m not going to do that this time.  I’m going to be resting for a while.  I won’t say I’m NOT going blog for x number of days or weeks, but I’m going to take the advice of Scott Stratten (@UnMarketing), who said, “Blog when you have something great to say.”

I have several reviews I’m backed up for, so I’ll try to get those out in the next few weeks.  I’ll blog when something’s on my heart, or I just can’t wait to share some tips or photos.  But I’m not going to put a post up just to be there.  Am I worried about losing opportunities and followers?  Oh, sure.  I love everything I’ve been blessed to participate in and all the wonderful people I interact with.  But I know I’m doing the right thing.  The Lord will guide me into the perfect place, personally, emotionally, and professionally.

I would love it if you would join me in prayer for resolution of some tough issues, and direction for me and the family.  I’m thinking there may be some changes coming up, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13

So, tell me what you think about Sabbath rest!  And if you want to hang out, come chat with me on Twitter!

About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)

Comments

  1. I’m doing the same thing. I was blogging 5 days a week, but now, I blog when I have something to say and time to say it on my blog (that’s the kicker for a busy homeschool mama!)

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
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    And do you like that better? I can’t magine how you homeschooling mamas do it! Superwoman!

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    Sonita @ CowsDontMoo.com
    Twitter: CowsDontMoo
    Reply:

    I’m no superwoman!

    I do like that better-it took me a few weeks to be ‘okay’ with it, but now I like it, much less stress.

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  2. I LOVE this and am so grateful to see you lead by example. We work in a crazy keep up with the cool kids space and its so hard to tune out the noise and be centered, knowing that we are doing our real life work, truly living every day to the fullest with those right in front of us, not what everyone tells us we should be doing to keep up or keep chasing for the maybes that are just around the next corner. Your post is perfectly timed, your prayers spot on, and your scripture just what I personally needed to see today. Change is good ~ especially the change that brings you closer to HIM and to your life’s purpose. Blessings Sarah!

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
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    Thanks Molly! You are always one of the people I consider my “rock”, to bring me back to earth, the voice of reason and support. It means so much to have you in my corner!

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  3. Praying for you! I’ve been doing kind of the same thing, although I’ve never been driven to “go, go, go” as you say, so it’s more like being lazy for me. 😉

    I doubt you’ll lose followers and ops if you just blog when you have something to say. In fact, you might find that people like your blog better because they don’t have to wade through a bunch of boring junk. Not that your blog has ever had boring junk! You know what I mean, though.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    Exactly what I’m hoping will happen! Either way, I’ll be more balanced. Love you, girl!

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  4. I was just thinking about this Sarah. SO thankful for you and your willingness to step back and listen. Last Sunday our Pastor preached on the Sabbath, and now you so I definitely think there is something in the air. We are called to rest and care for our families. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day. Praying for your direction and peace.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
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    I would love to hear that sermon, Andrea. I’ll be praying for you, too, with the little one coming and all!

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  5. Praying for you sweet friend!

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
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    Thanks heather! Will I see you at type a? I sure would love to hug your neck!

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  6. Donna
    Twitter: donnashenk
    says:

    Sarah, I love your openness! I need to do more listening and be willing to slow down. I’m a go-go-go kind of mom. I’ll be praying for you, I hope this is a peaceful time for you!

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
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    Thanks Donna! There’s a season for everything, right? I want to laugh with you again sometime, like we did at Relevant!

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  7. Sarah, I love you, I admire you, I adore you. Everything about this post is perfect, and I wish you well as you deal with the issues you and your family are facing. I’ll be here when you get back 🙂

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
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    Ah, what an awesome feeling I have reading your comment! I’m so blessed to call you friend.

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  8. Chele
    Twitter: CheleChestnut
    says:

    Sarah, first I love you and miss you lots and you know you are in my prayers always! I just have to say though… I have been there the past six months with this health mess. Needing to spend time with my family, be quiet and listen to God, as well as trying to give my best towards blogging because I love it! But we all need to take time away from our online lifes, even if for a few days. All of us. It’s refreshing and healthy for us, to say the least! I know I will not be part of the losing numbers game here at your blog. I’m always lurking! lol. Hang in there!

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
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    Chele, you have been fighting so hard for your health! You inspire me so much, and I can’t wait to see you in June!

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  9. Glad to hear you and your family are well and there is nothing seriously wrong. I’m sorry things are challenging for you now but pulling it all in and keeping things simple has always worked well for me during times like this. I wish you well and hope things get resolved for the best for you and soon.

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  10. Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    says:

    I’m so happy to see so many of my favorite people commenting here. I love you all so much!

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  11. Jennifer B.
    Twitter: mommybknowsbest
    says:

    So awesome that you’re taking this time for yourself and for God. It’s hard to focus sometimes and with everything that you’re going through I’m sure it’s understandable!

    I’ll be here checking out whatever you post and checking in and I think most of your fans will be too!!

    Praying for renewal, and a sense of direction for you!

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  12. I think we all need to do this every once in a while. Praying that its fruitful and you find the answers you are searching for.

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