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Sabbath Rest

I don’t know about you but when I come to the end of my work week I am ready to transition to a place of rest and focus on the LORD and on my family.  My desire is to give my workplace my best effort, sacrifice in order to accomplish the goals of my leadership.  I have the responsibility to lead an amazing team that the LORD has entrusted to my leadership and when I have finished the week I am ready for a change of pace.  My husband and I enjoy Friday evening Shabbat to begin our weekend with laying aside the cares of the week, enter into the rest of the LORD and taking time to thank God for His many blessings that He has provided during the week.  We try to not carry anxiety or any disagreement into this ‘set aside’ time and enjoy each other’s company, the company of family and friends and talk about the things that the LORD done for us, it is a time to be thankful.
Sometimes people think that the day of rest is to prepare us for the week ahead to be able to work harder.  I believe this “gift of rest” is to recharge our lives so that we can live better.  Six days a week we work to improve our world; on the seventh day, we rest to improve our selves in light of God’s presence. 
Exodus 31:12 ~ The LORD then gave these instructions to Moses; Tell the people of Israel: Be careful to keep My Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between Me and you from generation to generation.  It is given so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.  You must keep the Sabbath day, for it is a holy day for you.
Isaiah 56:2 ~ Blessed are all those who are careful to do this.  Blessed are those who honor My Sabbath days of rest and keep themselves from doing wrong.  Shalom ~ May the LORD grant you peace on your day of rest.