Keeping the Sabbath Day holy.
Doesn’t that just sound old-fashioned…more like ancient?
It is. But…it’s awesome.
I had to show these photos… Here we are in downtown Boston on the very first Sunday that Danny & I went to church together (and it was the day after our very first kiss!) I love how blissful we look. We couldn’t stop smiling for days.
There was no other place I wanted to be than at church with Danny. It was just so nice to be with someone who desired the same, uplifting things I did. Sadly, observing the Sabbath Day was actually not always something I cared about…oh boy…
Before I realized how great it could be to reserve a day to focus on spiritual things, I wouldn’t hesitate to go to brunch, run to the store, or even go to Costco (haha) after church or the Red Hook Ball Fields for some South American street fare, one of the best meals that a Brooklyn summer has to offer. Who wouldn’t want to get a tan & Nathan’s Hotdogs at Coney Island on a Sunday afternoon? I also would sneak out of Sunday School all the time to get some of those chocolate dipped shortbread cookies at Caputo’s Bakery or cookies at Monteleone’s (thanks to Sunday School, I got to know all the Italian bakeries surrounding our church quite well.) And if the NYC Marathon was happening, which meant traffic was a little thick, I would jump at the opportunity to not go to church at all…It was time for brunch! It’s sad to me that I would jump at the opportunity to ditch out on spiritually uplifting things and really didn’t care.
But now that I have a strong desire to do all that I can to stay on track spiritually, I looove reserving a whole day to focus on that.
One day a week (I choose Sunday), I try to give up anything that would distract me from that purpose. We’re talking no shopping. No hard core recreational activities. No business or work activities. It’s not that these things are bad, but if I choose to not do them, it forces me to focus on time with family, cooking at home, talks and walks with my dear husband, meditating, Sunday dinner with friends, focusing on becoming a better woman, a better wife, preparing to become a mother, reading, listening to uplifting music, staying in touch with family, serving someone in need, visiting those who might need to be uplifted, preparing for a new week. (And let’s be honest, also taking a nap, ideally on my husband’s chest. 🙂
This day of focus & rest makes a HUGE, HUGE difference in my life and I get to start a new week feeling so dang renewed & having a greater strength to face my trials. And trust me, I’ve learned that having that strength stored up makes all the difference in the world. I’ve needed it, at times. Even when things are running smoothly, I like having that strength ready for the next rainy day. So, dear readers – even the ones who are not religious – I highly, highly recommend reserving one day a week to become spiritually enlightened in some way. You’ll love it! And your life will feel more balanced & full of more peace & freedom.
P.S. I have a busy weekend ahead, so I’ll see you back here on Monday. Looking forward to it!! You can be sure I’ll be thinking about you. Until then, here is a yummy banana soft serve that I’ll be making for friends on Sunday. I’ll be topping it with toasted nuts & coconut and a bit of chocolate sauce (agave mixed with cocoa & maybe some cinnamon). EASY & DELICIOUS!