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How do you observe the Sabbath?

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Just as a sidenote from the other thread, how do you observe the sabbath? Aside from religious services, I've heard of groups who say that you should do absolutely nothing in the Sabbath, to the extent of not turning on lights, or travelling (not sure how they attend church), and others who say it should simply be a day that work is set aside, so gardening, leisure activities, and those things that give minds a rest from work are acceptable. I fall more towards the second group. Aside from religious activities it is a time for things that help me recover from the week, think about anything other than work, so books, study, etc. that I wouldn't otherwise get a chance to, and refresh my energy ready to face the next week.

 

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Religious activities, Bible study, walking, hiking, swimming, relaxing, napping, playing with the dogs, hanging out with my wife, family and friends, light gardening if needed. Just mainly overall relaxing and enjoying God's restful day.

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I absolutely love this verse: Exodus 31:13 "Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you." The Sabbath is the time that we can reflect on how God is sanctifying us, remembering that He is our Creator, and will create in us a new heart that desires His love. Fellowship is a great way to experience and share God's love with others. Also, studying the Bible, experiencing God's creativity in nature, worshiping God through music or praise, etc. It is a time to set aside the distractions of the daily work, and rest in the work that God is doing in your life. It has been the greatest blessing for me in many ways and has brought me closer to God. See Isaiah 58:13,14 "...call the Sabbath a delight..." :RpS_biggrin:

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