Sabbath gives time for emotional tuneup, spending time with family

Part of the objective of Sabbath keeping is to recharge emotionally. Emotions are depleted as we invest ourselves in our work.

Last time, we discovered that we have to have some time of quiet and solitude to be able to replenish emotionally.

Emotions also are recharged as we include time for family. I believe God wants us to plan some special time with our families, doing things that draw our families together.

Make time for family. Make time to enjoy life together. Make memories together. Chill out and take your time. Relax and have some fun with your family. This is where great memories are made.

This can only happen as we set aside the phones and other devices and focus on our family. We all need some unhurried time with the people we love. What would it look like for you to go home, talk to your spouse, play with your kids and be 100 percent present? Your family needs you, and you need them.

Another great way to recharge our emotions is by finding time for fun. Do you have activities that are fueling to you? There are certain things in life that are just fun. These are the activities you look forward to. These are the things that bring a smile to your face.

What fuels you? Where do you feel closer to God? The list of possibilities is widely different, depending on the person. For some, it could be motorcycling. For others, gardening, reading or woodworking. There are so many possibilities.

The bottom line is that we all need to find time for fun. Fun and rest are fuel for the soul. Without them, you are headed for burnout. Find out what makes your heart sing. If you don’t know what that is, keep looking until you find it. Then make that activity a part of your Sabbath keeping.

One of the most important objectives of the Sabbath is to refocus our spirit. This is about getting my heart in tune with God.

Sabbath is a day to worship. It is time to focus our attention on God. It is a time to remember what’s important. It is time to realign our heart with the heart of God.

Cars need tune-ups. They need an oil change. Maintenance is required on machines. People are no different. Our body, our mind and our spirit need to be recalibrated every seven days. We need to be realigned, refocused and recalibrated. That is just the way God made us.

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