Remember the Sabbath and Keep it Holy

Nashville based author and speaker Annie F. Downs gave great insight and tips on how you can better keep the Sabbath day holy; these tips were taken from a story posted on her Instagram page. Check out some of these tips below:

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  • Matt Chandler shared this idea with Annie, but he says it’s an Abraham Heschel quote:  “If you work with your mind, Sabbath with your hands. If you work with your hands, Sabbath with your mind.”

  • Typical Sabbath practices: wake up with no alarm. Read/journal/pray. Nap. Lunch/Dinner with family and/or friends. Say YES to anything that is rest or worship for you. Say NO to anything that is work for you. Take a break from social media. Try to be more quiet/simple.

  • Boundaries with others:  keep practicing Sabbath and your people will learn your boundaries. Teach your people that you rest once a week, and they will eventually believe you.

  • Sabbath is a  practice of rest and worship. Study this; learn this. Do rhythms that work for your family and your life. As you learn and grow in your Sabbath practice, it can shift and change.

  • Prepare for your Sabbath:  day/evening before, straighten up house, do laundry, get groceries. 

More tips on keeping the Sabbath holy:

  • Length of Sabbath - from when you wake up until after dinner and you have to prepare for the next day. Annie and John Mark  Comer go in depth on this tip in Annie's podcast  That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs .

  • It is normal to have two non-working days in a week. So use one to get things done (laundry, groceries, shopping, housework, etc.) and use one to Sabbath.

  • “Rest away from work is an exercise in trusting God even when there are things left on the to do list. I’m willing to move the day if we have to. I’m not willing to delete it from my calendar.” - Annie F. Downs

  • Keep a notepad handy to write things down as they come to mind (“to do list” things). Don’t forget them, but don’t work to check them off on your Sabbath.

  • In regards to the Lord saying to Sabbath on the 7th day:  “Well I do practice every 7th day; my 7th day is just usually Wednesday. Also, we don’t know the first day of His week, so it’s not like Genesis said 'On the first day, which was a Monday…' In fact, in Israel, they observe Sabbath sundown on Fridays to sundown on Saturdays. Many of my friends that don’t work at churches rest on Sundays. Many of my friends who work at churches rest on Fridays or Saturdays.  I think the spirit of the law is encouraging us to rest once a week.” - Annie F. Downs


If you'd like to hear more from Annie and her insight into the Sabbath, check out this episode on her podcast That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs.

Check out more resources from John Mark Comer:

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer


Interview with Jen Wilkin

We had the honor of having Jen Wilkin come and speak with us; she shared her heart behind her book Ten Words to Live By and broke down how the 10 Commandments can lead us to live in freedom.

For more teaching from Jen Wilkin, follow along in her 10-day devotional through the 10 Commandments below.

Delighting In God's Law: A 10-Day Devotional


Scripture Memorization Resources

We want to challenge everyone: families, children, small groups to memorize the Ten Commandments! Memorizing God’s Word is a powerful tool and an important part of our spiritual development, and we want to do it as a church, together! Psalm 119:11


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In Ten Words to Live By, Jen Wilkin reminds readers of the life-giving power of God’s perfect law for the believer. The Ten Commandments are words about obedience and holiness—timeless in their importance and wisdom—spoken by God to a nation recently set free. Yet today these same words are often misunderstood, forgotten, or simply ignored.

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