Giveaway Week: Day 6

“‘If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
then you will find your joy in the Lord,
and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.’
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
(Isaiah 58:13-14 NIV)

Happy Sunday, Prayer Warriors!

We are nearly done with our fun Throne of Grace Giveaway Week! I woke up this morning thinking about it being Sunday, the Lord’s Day (or at least as most evangelical Christians celebrate it!). In reality EVERY day is the Lord’s Day and I try to keep that perspective, but Sunday is particularly set apart at the Garibaldi home as a day to honor the Lord, enjoy the sweet fellowship of other believers, cherish quality family time, and soak up some good Bible teaching! We know it is a command in Scripture – one of the TOP 10, in fact – but in the modern world there are many different takes on how to practically apply that command. It is important to uphold the spirit of the law, without becoming legalistic about it. For we know that Jesus called the Pharisees out time and time again for upholding the letter of the law but failing to have a heart that honored the Lord motivating their obedience.

“Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath,
the synagogue leader said to the people,
“There are six days for work.
So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.
The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath
untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water?
Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham,
whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years,
be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
(Luke 13:14-16 NIV)

Here in the Garibaldi house, we have a few ways we have chosen to honor the Sabbath, including:

  • Attending church as a family and participating by serving, worshiping, and partaking in church activities and fellowship

  • Sharing in a family devotional time

  • Taking a “break” on Sundsys from screen time – video games, computer games, movies, etc. Now, I have to explain that we are not legalistic about this and there are plenty of times when exceptions are made. However, we know that these particular forms of entertainment tend to be a big distraction for us and a temptation away from enjoying time as a family and away from filling our minds with all that is pure, lovely, and righteous. Therefore, we are especially mindful of what entertainment we take in on Sundays and actually find ourselves enjoying being creative with our forms of entertainment instead of just turning to the go-to forms of media!

  • As much as possible, refrain from household chores (laundry, grocery shopping, yard work, etc.) The burden of sticking with this commitment usually falls to me and it is hard! Again, we don’t want to be legalistic about it because there are times (like today when we’ve just returned from a trip and the laundry is piled high!) when the chores just need to be done! But, keeping this goal in mind helps us to be purposeful in planning out our week and putting time with the Lord and one another above the to-do list!

I know there are many other great ways to take the words of Isaiah 58 and put them into practice. So here is our Giveaway Question of the Day:

What do you do to keep the Sabbath Day holy in your home?

Just a reminder that TOMORROW is the LAST DAY to enter our Mustard Seed Prayer Journal Giveaway! In order to be entered to win, you must subscribe to the Throne of Grace blog by entering your email address in the box at the upper right of this page ——>. As an added bonus, you can earn an extra entry today by leaving a comment below with your answer to today’s question. We’d love to know your thoughts! If you missed our original post last Tuesday announcing the new Mustard Seed Prayer Journals and giving you all the details about this week’s giveaway, you can catch up to speed HERE.

See you back here tomorrow for Prayer & Praise Monday and our last Giveaway Question…

Blessings,

Comments

  1. Beth Gillis says:

    Hi Molly! What a wonderful and encouraging post! I’ve actually been thinking a LOT about the Lord’s Day and how we, as Christians, come to worship our holy God together as a church body. I’m mindful when I come to church of how I can show my utmost respect and reverence for our most HOLY God. That includes actively trying (and failing many times) to focus my heart and mind on Him, as well as showing respect through my dress and demeanor. As far as our family, we try to really rest on Sundays and make sure to discuss the message and Sunday School lessons taught. I like how you take a break from screen time…I’d like to try that….I just have to convince the huge Angels fan I live with. 😉

  2. miranda sandlin says:

    Church in the morning and evening. In the afternoon we spend family time without television or video games. Sunday is Gods day.

  3. We go to church and make sure to take time to talk about what we all learned. I’m sure it will get harder as the kids get older!

  4. On Sundays, I try to refrain from being “busy” in order to just spend time loving on my kids, reflecting on the message we heard at church, listening to worship music, reading books, etc.

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