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The Sabbath

10/26/2015

Hope Church Sermon, The Sabbath, Richmond Virginia

Something really amazing happened yesterday- I lived out the Sabbath. I went to church and it was really cool that my pastor spoke about this exact topic. Isn’t it funny how God works sometimes? Let me give you a little back story only because yesterday will make more sense.  Last week I flew out to a conference in Arizona and spent five amazing days learning from the industries greatest about photography, and being a business owner, (blog post coming soon). Not only did we learn but we got to shoot too.  The conference was filled with tears, new friendships, and I left filling full. My heart was full and I was ready bring back this new found knowledge to my business. I took the red eye flight back (yes my dumb fault but the cheapest route) so I was running on a full tank of love and excitement but no sleep. We came back to find out that my amazing grandfather who was already in the hospital was doing worse. We went to visit him and my heart was broken and tears wouldn’t stop.  That same day Hokie, (my dog) was throwing up and had explosive diarrhea with blood in it (yes I’m writing about this on the blog). After running tests the vet thought he had eaten something he wasn’t suppose to and or had a bacterial issue. A million dollars later he is fine. The day after that I had a wonderful wedding which lifted my spirits. I swear- sometimes our clients do more for us then we do for them! We drove back from the wedding in Maryland and crashed around 12:30.

Puppy at vet

My game plan for Sunday (yesterday) was to take it easy. I knew I would say that and not do that. I had a ton of editing to get done. I was beyond stressed and extremely tired (I’m the kind of person who has a lot of energy and feels guilty for resting). RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOUR THE SAME!? BUT- something changed yesterday.  I woke up around 7 and you know what? I went back to bed. I WENT BACK TO BED UNTILL 1:00PM. I even made Dre come back to bed and just “BE” with me. I HAVEN’T DONE THAT SINCE I WAS LIKE 21!  When I initially woke up and I felt God said, “Just sleep my child“.  I slept till 1 and I woke up and looked over at Hokie and Dre and just smiled. I FELT NO GUILT. I actually felt AMAZING! We got up & made breakfast at 1, HA! Then went to Barnes and Noble and had a little date and went to church. Funny enough our pastor spoke about the Sabbath. The Sabbath ISN’T about resting so we can do more work. Thats FALSE. No, the Sabbath (any day which you take to rest) is about growing closer to God. Even God rests-

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:2-3

For those of you who are business owners or just work-a-holics – – TAKE A DAY TO DO NOTHING.  Do what you are passionate about and JUST BE. Yes you may be fighting yourself all day to do work, and you just want to write your “to do” list but I promise, IT CAN WAIT. Life is short, enjoy it.

Living out the Sabbath

So I slept for 13 hours. Crazy huh? Yesterday truly helped my soul rest. My heart still breaks over and over when I think about my grandfather and I’m a little behind on editing but THATS OKAY. Nobody is perfect.  Yesterday reminded me that in the midst of tough times GOD IS STILL GOOD and He wants us to rest.

 

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. Psalm 46:10

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