Sunday, February 11, 2007

Sabbath rules



There are really no "Sabbath rules" in our household on Sunday, but there are certain "ideals" of the Sabbath I try to keep.

1. No unneccesary work. I have to sit on my hands sometimes not to straighten up or do laundry. That's ok. This day is rest. Cooking a planned dinner, with a nice set table, and the basic maintenence of children care--and that's the extent of the work I do. (Unless you consider knitting work?)

2. It's a day of rest. A nap? Yes.

3. It's special. Daddy reads the Word to us. We take prayer requests and pray.

4. A family night? Sometimes. With Daddy's famous popcorn and usually some bad-for-you candy, we all watch a movie together.

5. Friends over? Sometimes as well. A sweet day of fellowship is always restful.

What are some of your "Sabbath rules"?

12 comments:

AIMEE said...

I try to make sure food/clothes are ready on Saturday night to relieve Sabbath stress...we also try to nap/rest, play games together, go for a nature walk, and make space for family and friends...

Mrs. S said...

Lets see ... we try not to do any "work" ... pretty much in the same way that you mentioned! We go to Sunday School and morning and evening worship. We definitely take a nap. Ahh the sweet rest we get on the Lord's day. We try to do things that pertain to Him such as reading Chistian books, good fellowship and the like.

Anna said...

I think I need to adopt your rules Andrea. I really liked this post...and needed it.

Kendra said...

The Sabbath is often my husband's only full day off of work. So, work is definately avoided! I try to get the house nice and clean on Saturday so that it feels more restful on Sunday. And, we usually just try to focus on having fun family time. Sometimes that's going for a walk or a drive, and other times it's just playing games in the living room. We always enjoy our day of rest together. Oh - and we do try to squeeze in a nap!

L.L. Barkat said...

I like the idea of your reading the Word together. It's easy to have that as a goal in life without ever getting to it. Linking it to a specific day, particularly the Sabbath seems like a good idea.

Nap? I always want to, but then I'm afraid I won't sleep at night!

One of my newest Sabbath "rules" is no computer on Sunday. It's good to rest my mind and my fingers from keyboard time.

tonia said...

DEFINITELY a nap. :)

And we try to get all the work done Saturday, so we can rest Sundays...and a special meal Sunday night. Special for its extended length and table settings, not really for its content.

bluemountainmama said...

church and a meal afterwards with family or friends...sometimes a drive or outing. but, we try to keep it low-key and restful. like kendra, my husband has to work some saturdays, too, and sundays are sometimes our only day all together.

Christine said...

Ahhh, I wish I had an answer. I have never been able to get away from the midset of Suday being the Sabbath, but as a church musician it is my biggest work day. We do relax more in the afternoons than on the other days of the week, but the morning and early evening are taken upo with church activities. I have always wanted to choose another Sabbath for our family and have never buckled down to do it. I'll have to think on this some more!

John Roberts said...

I don't see any evidence in Scripture of the Lord's Day being the "Christian's Sabbath", but I do believe the principle God gave of one day of rest in seven is still wise. Sunday ends up being that day for us. The original Sabbath was a gift from God to mankind, a day off to rest from the usual labors. Men added all the rules that made the Sabbath a burden. So we try to keep it light - a day for church and family. We don't have a long list of do's and don'ts. What good is a day off if you're not allowed to do anything that you find relaxing?

Kristi said...

Rest! Naps are on the agenda

We have a small group bible study in our home on Sunday evenings, so we try to get ready for that on Fri. and Sat. as much as possible, so we're not running around picking up the kitchen and living room before we meet.

I refrain from working on bills, correspondence, etc. because it makes my day more restful.

An understood rule that we sometimes break is that we will eat lunch at our home or a home of friends (not a restaurant).... I try as mom and wife to make this happen as much as possible so that our day is more worshipful and restful, and our memories of Sabbath are made in our haven environment!

Kristi said...

PS - There is a great book entitled Celebrating the Sabbath by Bruce Ray that is really good...

Andrea said...

John~
I agree, there is no set "Christian's Sabbath" ordained by God in Scripture. But, like you said, a day of rest is wise, whether it be Sunday, or another day, as Christine (above) would have to do since she does "work" on Sundays.
My own "Sabbath rules"--list of "dos" and "don'ts"--are mainly for my own sake. I find if I do not have those dos and don'ts then I will inevitably wear myself out doing unneccesary work on a day that should be restful. So, it's mainly self-imposed. :)
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your viewpoint.

Everyone else--enjoyed your responses.