“Sabbath is not dependent upon our readiness to stop. We do not stop when we are finished. We do not stop when we complete our phone calls, finish our project, get through this stack of messages, or get out this report that is due tomorrow. We stop because it is time to stop.”
– Wayne Muller
For many of us, we find ourselves running, producing, striving, and endlessly accomplishing our to-do lists and daily tasks. If we’re honest, it’s incredibly difficult to walk away from our work–especially when it is incomplete. Muller’s words are a necessary reminder that we need to experience true Sabbath and rest.
So friends, examine your readiness to stop…both in a daily and weekly sabbath rhythm. Why are you striving so hard and unwilling to cease?
When we trust God’s sovereign control and step away from the work of our hands, we are wide open to hear and receive from our loving Lord. May you celebrate the work and your hands and then rest well.
Self-denial is profoundly contemplative for it works by the process of human subtraction and divine addition. – Brian Taylor
Leadership Transformations releases a free, monthly resource titled Silencio…targeting a specific spiritual practice and discipline. In the month of April, Silencio’s issue focuses on the practice of fasting.
As you examine your Rule of Life and whether or not you are walking and living in a well-ordered way, we invite you to consider the practice of fasting.
Is it a regular rhythm in your life with God?
Fasting provides opportunities for us to back away from excess (perhaps frivolous delights), allowing God to form healthier pathways in our unforced rhythms of grace. In doing so, we intentionally step back from culture and into the presence of God with a posture of open hands. In releasing self-directed desires, we are rid of distractions and actions that dominate our lives.
As we engage in fasting and self-denial, we are able to begin to see what is fueling or controlling us.
What might God be inviting you to fast from?
To assist you in this journey, we’re providing April’s issue of Silencio here.
“The fruit of the knowledge of truth is humility.”
– Bernard of Clairvaux, “The Steps of Humility and Pride.”
During this season of Lent, we invite you into a spiritual practice of confession and appropriation. Adapted from Bill Bright’s Have You Made The Wonderful Discovery Of The Spirit Filled Life?, this is an exercise in spiritual breathing. Perfect for this Lenten season, may you enter into deeper humility as you discover the truth about yourself. And in that place, you will find that you are loved by God more than you could ever hope or imagine!
Exhale = Confession (James 5:16)
1. Agree with God about your sin (be specific) and confess to a trusted friend, if willing
Inhale = Appropriation
Receive His Spirit anew (Eph 5:18)
Receive His promise of forgiveness and cleansing (1 John 1:9)
Caroline Dixon shares her journey of crafting her personal Rule of Life. Enjoy this video as she shares her story of daily rhythms that have brought about spiritual health and growth!