Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A day of rest...

“For we are an overwrought generation, running to nerves as a cabbage runs to seed..." Charlotte Mason

Have you ever wondered what our world, our communities and our families would be like if we kept the 4th commandment that the Lord gave to Moses way back when? {Remember the sabbath and keep it holy.}


First asparagus of the season

Over the last few years we have been trying to move more and more to a day of complete rest. It is still a ways off, but we have definately started to understand the benefits of staying home, staying still, resting on a Sunday, honoring God.

Raised beds ready for spring compost

I have been thinking of what it might be like for people to keep a Sabbath, not out of a legalistic constraint but out of a choice to make a difference to their family, community and world. Here are my rambling thoughts...

Sprouting Broccoli picked by the handful, eaten raw

Staying home =

Less cars on the road...

Less CO2 emmissions....

Staying out of shops....

Less money spent.....


Ladies in waiting - newspaper pots


Homestyle family based entertainment...

More time with family...

More time for relationships...

More time to talk about real issues...

More time for slow food...




Winter Salad - snap peas, nasturtiums, rocket, broccoli, pak choi....



More time to be frugal...


Teabags drying in the sun for firelighters

More time for simple pursuits...

More time for weary parents to rest...

Calendulas in full bloom

This in turn will build...

Stronger families...

“The family is the corner stone of our society. More than any other force it shapes the attitude, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of the child. And when the family collapses it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale the community itself is crippled. So, unless we work to strengthen the family, to create conditions under which most parents will stay together, all the rest – schools, playgrounds, and public assistance, and private concern – will never be enough…” — Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson

Stronger communities...

A healthier world.


Today's harvest of broad beans



What do you think?


4 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

I think it is a beautiful post with many positive thoughts to ponder. :)

Veronica Rei said...

Hi Wendy, I have been following your blog for about 2 months, came across it whilst surfing for gardening info....just like you I have felt the gentle nudge of the Holy spirit leading to start gardening about 3 years ago....what a restoration, best therapy ever....and the rewards of my labour.....part and parcel of this spiritual restoration has been the discovery of deeper insight into the Word and I am pleased to tell you that I discovered the antidote to stress - Shabbat - entering into the rest that Yahweh instituted because He knew we would need it.....Yeshua (Jesus) observed the seventh day (Friday evening to Saturday evening)as an observant Jew....if He hadn't He wouldn't have any claim to being the Messiah as one of the conditions is for someone who can keep Father's instructions perfectly....here's trusting you will enter into His rest....Hebrews 4...thank you for being the blessing that you arew with your posts....shalom

Ellie said...

interesting that you should raise this topic today! After the message we heard on Sunday about how many rules in the Old Testament were meant as guidelines for godly living. I grew up in a Christian family in a culture with lots of habits and customs that were also meant to help us live a godly life, but in the end became more legalistic. One example is that of Sunday or sabbath observance. We used to set the whole day aside as a day of worship and rest from the weekly routine. Over the years we have lost that. Except for attending church, we have slowly lost our day of sabbath rest. So we were just talking about the value of setting a day aside for rest for many of the reasons you listed. So I encourage you to persue this idea with your family!

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