Sabbath Preparations — Part 1

Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field.
Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.”

Exodus 16:25-26

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the Bread from Heaven. Thank You for providing for us each and every day. Enable us, O God we pray, to be still and know that You are Jehovah-Jireh — the God who will provide. Be our Strength and go before us throughout the week while we are doing our daily tasks. Give us wisdom to set apart one special day per week when our main focus is on You alone. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Last week I wrote a little bit about the reason why we celebrate the Sabbath. This week I’m going to share a few practical tips about how to prepare for Sabbath. Please remember that each family is different. In other words, what works for our family might not work for yours.

Also, don’t let the preparations, not even your own ones, become rigid rules and regulations. The Sabbath is supposed to be the highlight of the week and a delight. It’s like heading toward a joyful season like Christmas. What will spoil this for us? Isn’t it if we will go overboard like spending too much money, wanting to buy the best gifts, and so on? How do you keep your joy?

J-O-Y

Jesus first! He is the reason for the celebration, and He is LORD over the Sabbath.

Organize: Make a list. Keep it clean and simple. (Read more in Sabbath Preparations — Part 2 and in future posts.)

Yield Blessings. Celebrate the Sabbath for the right reasons. Delight in the LORD and yield blessings. (Read on in Sabbath Blessings.)

Matthew Henry writes:

The sabbath is a sacred and divine institution; but we must receive and embrace it as a privilege and a benefit, not as a task and a drudgery.

Trust in Jesus and find rest for your soul.

About Mirjam Fels

Born in Germany and called in the US to be a child of God in 1992. I'm now living in the Sunny South East of Ireland where I enjoy being a helper, homemaker, and writer. Some of my hobbies are baking breads and apple crumble cakes, knitting socks, crocheting things for the home, and sewing. I love to write about biblical womanhood, dog training, home education, and writing — all from a Christian perspective.
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