Sunday, October 19, 2014


I was so excited to see that my favorite Christian author, Priscilla Shirer, wrote a new book entitled Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath.  Her book, One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land, changed my life and opened a new world of "promised land living" for me.  Since I made the personal commitment to come out of the wilderness, I have seen God move in incredible ways in my life.  I couldn't wait to see what life-changing truth and wisdom Priscilla was going to drop next.

Breathe didn't disappoint, but in a way I wasn't expecting.  I thought the study would be primarily about recognizing the Sabbath and setting the day aside for fellowship and family.  As someone who is chronically tired, I thought this may be the answer to my prayers.  I already had my plan to stop working and checking my e-mail on Sundays in an effort to gain much needed rest.  But the study went a little deeper than that for me.  It actually spoke directly to my tendency to run myself ragged trying to "make" things happen in my life.  

Recognizing the Sabbath is not just about abstaining from work on Sundays, but also stopping in any area of our life we find ourselves "striving" and focusing on God.  Priscilla says it perfectly:

When we curtail our efforts and interests in obedience to the Spirit's conviction - resisting the gnawing sense of guilt or compulsion to keep pressing beyond the boundaries, beyond that which honors God - He will bless our obedience and sustain us. 

As a working mother who sometimes feels overwhelmed by my "to do" list, this reminder was perfectly timed.  There is a time to give it your all and a time to be still, focus on God, and wait for His perfect provision.  The key is prayerfully discerning which road you need to take.    

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