As Christian mothers, we will thrive when we learn to pay attention to what God has said about our need for Sabbath rest.
I was in a weary season of motherhood.
My children were little. Their naps were not lining up. The baby had been cranky all day, and up every hour at night, for two weeks. I was nursing my eight-month-old almost exclusively because, who has time to introduce solids? My husband was working long hours. It was the dead of winter. I was struggling.
It was at that time that a wise friend suggested that what I really needed was a day of ruthless rest each week: a Sabbath.
It didn’t feel possible, but after talking with my friend, and out of desperation, I decided to give it a try it. I pulled my scrappy-self together, and made a tattered plan to have some semblance of intentional rest one day a week.
Through this practice, which is now a vital part of my life, I have learned a lot about what it means to find Sabbath rest as a mother. It’s not always glamorous or perfect, but I’ve learned it can be done.
I believe you too will benefit greatly from being more intentional with your working and resting.
Here’s are some ideas to get you thinking about what it might mean for you to infuse your life with Sabbath rest as a mother.
For more help and a printable guide, snag my Free Sabbath Planning Guide.
55 Practical Ideas for How to Have a Sabbath as a Christian Mother
- Leave your smartphone on your nightstand or equivalent
- Listen to music, not the TV
- Skip email
- Resolve to spend a whole day unplugged each week
- Make Facebook notifications and social media WAIT
To Connect with God
- Go to church (if your Sabbath day is on Sunday)
- Read the Bible
- Fill your home with worship music
- Sit quietly for a bit, in the spirit of Psalm 46:10, and praying
- Talk with your family about what God has done!
- Read Bible stories to your children
- Write in a journal
- Read a book the compels you towards Christ
- Watch a sunrise
To Actively Rest
- Take a nap
- Lay on the couch
- Drink hot tea
- Take a bath
- Play a game
- Join a sports league
- Start a hoppy
- Read a Christian novel
- Have fun
- Do what gives you life
- Have face-to-face or over-the-phone conversations
- Go for a hike
- Be in nature
- Go for a stroll around the block
- Have a date night
Try Taking a Break from Things Like:
- Weeding, gardening or yard work
- Exhausting outings
- Your kids’ activities
- Use paper plates
- Make a crockpot meal
- Set the same meals on that day from week to week, and keep those ingredients on hand
- Buy or pre-make frozen meals to prepare
- Unlink email from your smartphone
- Write a letter or card
- Listen to the birds chirping
Resting with Kids
- Let them watch a movie
- Read to them
- Play a quiet game
- Do a puzzle
- Send them to their room for quiet time
- Lay down and snuggle with them
- Do the minimum, on purpose.
Free Sabbath Planning Guide
If you are a Christian mother who is longing for a more abundant, energized and God-soaked life, try planning a weekly Sabbath for yourself! To encourage you in this process, I’ve put together a Sabbath Planning Guide resources bundle exclusively for email subscribers.
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- Printable Sabbath Planning Guide
- Audio teaching explaining the theological roots and modern day applications of Sabbath, plus how this looks for me practically
- “55 Ideas for How to Rest on Your Sabbath Day as a Mother” .pdf
- Beautiful and inspiring scripture cards about rest
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How do you “Sabbath” as a mother, creatively and practically?