Today, my sister Beth, taught me something about soil…
Yes, like the dirt.
Did you know that one reason why we need to take a multi-vitamin is because of the lack of nutrients in our vegetables?
Even if we were to eat all the recommended measure of live foods, we wouldn’t get a sufficient amount of vitamins from those foods because the soil that the vegetables have grown in is lacking.
The soil matter is not whole.
Over time, the earth’s soil has been so continuously used to produce crops, that we have exhausted it.
We have worn out it’s resources.
Did you know that back in the day, humankind use to take the seventh year OFF from growing and planting and harvesting so the soil could regain all its nutrients back in that rest period?
We use to allow the land a whole year to rest, refill, and regroup.
Since it’s not common practice anymore in mainstream farming production, the earth is being depleted of it’s natural elements more and more.
Does this ring any bells?
Does this concept cause you to pause and reflect on your own well-being?
I am a huge advocate for rest.
In fact, one of my must ultimate dreams is to open up some kind of sanctuary for the weary to just come and be.
But what I have realized along the way, is if we don’t make changes in our daily/weekly routines, no amount of camps/retreats/vacations will sustain us long-term.
I think there is a reason God set an example for us to rest on the seventh day.
I think He knew the crazy schedules that we would put ourselves through and He wanted to make sure we understood to stop and breathe every once in awhile.
I started practicing Sabbath, or Rest Day, a few months ago.
It started because my life felt really overwhelming and stressful.
I know what your first thought must be,
How could you possibly find time to DO NOTHING if you had so much on your plate to be stressed about?
You know how?
I made time for rest.
I literally penciled it in my planner.
I’ve learned that something will always come up. There will always be a “thing” I could be doing instead.
However, for me, it’s not an option not to rest.
I need rest. I need time to refill.
And it’s not weak to admit that.
It’s not weak of us to need rest.
Whatever lie we’ve believed along the way that tells us that we will miss something if we slow down for a second, or that we aren’t important unless our day is filled with events, we have to let go of that lie and let it be on it’s merry way.
What is Sabbath?
For many people, it’s many different things.
Some people say you shouldn’t buy or work or hustle at all.
Some spend their days with friends, breaking bread, and laughing.
Some people go to church and consecrate the whole day to fellowship with God.
Some stay home and sleep and watch Netflix.
Some practice self-care.
I do all of the above.
Some Sabbaths, I go to church. Although, sometimes when i’m especially exhausted, I stay home and spend time with God alllllll by myself.
I definitely don’t do anything that feels like work.
I don’t touch emails, texts, calls.
I don’t place orders or fill in my planner. I don’t work out or shower or get ready (unless I want to).
I spend the ENTIRETY of day doing things that feed my soul.
Nothing more, nothing less.
The sabbath helps us know experientially that nothing we do will make God love us more.
–Lynne M. Baab
I spend all day reconnecting to God and to my husband.
I spend a lot of time reflecting and meditating on the gifts in my life.
I go on walks with Bradley and hold his hand and tell him how thankful I am for him.
We eat pizza.
Other times, we make a full meal crafted with beautiful colors and textures and tastes and it completely nourishes our souls.
The Sabbath is my favorite day of the week. In fact, I find myself looking forward to the Sabbath all week. It’s that good.
It is full of life and love and reflection and gratitude.
It is full of meditation, goodness, and rest.
This is my Sabbath.
A Sabbath Poem (Cummings)
i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
wich is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth
day of life and love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
It’s time to let the mind, body, and Spirit renew and rejuvenate.
Lets allow the lack to be nourished.
Just like the soil, if we want to produce good, we have to soak in the good.
Lets be whole first.
May we experience deep, soul rest.