What does Sabbath mean to you? Do you have a certain day of the week that you rest and worship? Do you have a family day?
Sabbath is a day set aside for rest and worship. According to Exodus 20:8 “the Sabbath is commanded by God to be kept as a holy day of rest, as God rested from creation.” Even though keeping a Sabbath is mentioned in the bible, it does not have to be a spiritual practice at all.
It is important to let your body rest and recuperate from the stress of the week. Don’t let the word Sabbath scare you, it just means working time into your schedule. Time to rest. Time to not have plans.
In today’s world it is very easy to keep your life scheduled to the brim with activities. From kids sporting events to family reunions to big fancy vacations, not to mention the time you spend at work, school or cleaning your house, your schedule can get overwhelming very fast.
Today I am going to talk about how we keep one day for us. One day a week we spend together as a family (our family day) and some of the activities we do to unwind and decompress. I’m also going to mentions some activities we have not tried, but that I know other families do during their Sabbath day.
Currently our day is Sunday. It’s the only day of the week that we all have off from school and work. My son calls it a “stay home day”. Although we don’t always stay home.
Our activities vary depending on the season and the weather. We live in Alaska and the weather can be unpredictable sometimes, that’s why I like to have a few ideas on hand.
1. Hike! If the sun is out, you can find us with our book of short trails around Juneau in hand. We love to get out and explore our abundant trail system that Juneau offers.
2. Movies. If the rain is coming down you can find us huddled together in bed watching a movie on Netflix or something we have rented online.
3. Family meals. We almost always have a family meal together. Sometimes we splurge and go out to eat, but most of the time it is something simple at home.
4. Board games. I know lots of families who play board games together. We have not gotten into that, but I have several friends who spend a few hours with their kids on the weekends involved in a rousing game of Risk or Monopoly.
5. Have a picnic. Either inside or outside the kids will love this!
6. Go ice skating
7. Go to the local indoor pool. We live in Alaska, if we want to swing we got to the public pool. You may have one in your back yard or know someone who does. (lucky duck!)
8. Work on writing a family mission statement. What are the goals for your family?
9. Go play Putt Putt!
10. Minute to win it games. The kids will get a kick out of these racing games.