It’s Time . . . to Stop

by | Apr 28, 2012 | Saturday

A Rwandan harvesting sugar cane along the banks of the Nile River. 
And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.
Mark 6:31-32 ESV

May you find a patch of sunlight to rest in today.  Invite stillness to reignite imagination, awaken perspective, remember who you are right there next to God. Allow the mending physician of Sabbath to restore the fissures and cracks of busyness, in order to contain all He has for you tomorrow.

For he knows our frame;  he remembers that we are dust. ~Psalm 103:14

For great reads on keeping Sabbath:  The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan and Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner.

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  1. Jennifer Richardson

    “patch of sunlight”…..oh peaceful yes:)
    beautiful share….so much thanks!

  2. Lyla Lindquist

    “Allow the mending physician of Sabbath to restore the fissures and cracks of busyness, in order to contain all He has for you tomorrow.” Such encouragement there, Shelly. Restful, healing Sabbath to you, my friend.

    • Redemption's Beauty

      thanks Lyla, hope you had a nice Sabbath too. I sat on my back porch with the birds and a big cup of tea, bible and books beside me. It was glorious.

  3. Sandra Heska King

    No sunlight today, but the Physician is in the house. And just resting here a while is like slipping into a warm pool.

  4. Dawn@Dawnings

    Beauty and encouragement. So inviting.

  5. waterthecamels

    Its funny, how over the last year, the Sabbath has become very special to me. The Lord worked on my heart about not wasting the day away in front of the TV (I’m a sports nut) I look forward to and savor my Sunday’s now. Thank you for the invite and reminder to enjoy the gift, I shall take you up on it! Blessings to you this Lord’s day!

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Hope you savored well today Jody. I know I did.

  6. elizabethfstewart

    I love your photo and your scripture encouragement to get away and rest in God’s presence. When were you in Rwanda? My brother has been a missionary in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda.

    • Redemption's Beauty

      I have been several times. Took my kids five years ago and then my latest trip was a year ago September. My husband has been many times. We lead a church movement and have been under the leadership of Rwandans connected with the Anglican Church. Love the people there. I forgot to mention that the photo is a boat on the Nile River in Rwanda where they harvest sugar cane along the shore. It was beautiful there.

  7. Joan

    Shelly – I love this verse. I know I have read it before, but I hadn’t brought it to mind in a while. I have spent much of today resting – (thanks in part to some major sinus problems). However, it has been a day of sweet rest with the Lord. Looking forward to worshipping tomorrow in church.

    Thank you so much for visiting – I’m glad we are in the same SDG group.


    • Redemption's Beauty

      So glad you are resting. Hope you feel better soon. Those sinus problems stink. Look forward to connecting over at SDG this week.

  8. dschondog

    Ah, do not the less technological know how to really get alone and just “be”. We have too many gadgets that distract us. This picture is the epitome of the verse.
    ~ Dawn

    • Redemption's Beauty

      So true about the distractions. Its hard to unplug and let go.

  9. Danise Jurado

    Oh… the wonderful peace and rest of our Lord. I hear Him inviting me to come away and find a “patch of sunlight” and rest for my soul… beautiful.

    • Redemption's Beauty

      I hope you found some Danise . . . I know I did and it was such a gift.

  10. simplystriving

    don’t mind if I do…
    Thank you, friend!

  11. Joanne Norton

    Sometimes when I’m dealing with all the stuff at home with various activities in my face, it’s hard to find resting/reflecting time. When I was driving North for a few hundred miles yesterday to visit my “sister” Susie [s.etole], I felt more rest than for weeks and weeks. Just worshiping, praising, listening, thinking… focusing on my Father … it was a relief. Up here for a couple weeks, it will be a restful and spiritually strengthening “retreat”. So needed, so very necessary.

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Well, you have enlightened me. I didn’t know Susie is your sister! And I get what you say here. Sometimes my rest comes standing in the shower and listening to him speak.

      • Joanne Norton

        Spiritual sister. We’ve been friends for 51 years. Lives went a variety of directions, of course, but our friendship never failed. AND she’s the one who prodded me to begin a blog … which I wasn’t at all interested in doing … because she thought my writing would reach out to people. Well, I did — God was prodding me through her — and in many ways life has again changed. She’s one of my life’s treasures.

        • Redemption's Beauty

          Joanne, that is so wonderful. I’m so glad you listened and started bloggins so I could meet you.

  12. Stephani

    Thanks for stopping by my photography blog and taking the time to comment. You have a lovely place here! I also noticed your Community post for five minute Friday. I also participated in that, but on my other blog A Defined Life. I’m so glad I connected with you here. Blessings to you.

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Stephani, so great to connect with you this weekend. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you were here.

  13. Janet

    Beautiful photo and verse to speak to my spirit in this moment!

  14. ~ Patricia

    Ah, yes….to rest in His presence. Lovely thought and photos, Shelly.

  15. Floralba

    Hello!!! Yes there is rest and peace in the Sabbath, in the stillness of knowing our Great Savior who gave it all for us!!! Reveling in His shalom is how I do life!

  16. Deidra Riggs

    I’m whispering “yes” with everyone else…

  17. Laura Rath

    May you find a patch of sunlight to rest in today. – very peaceful, thank you!

  18. Jenn

    YES! So true and beautiful!

  19. Katie Lloyd

    It is so important to have that one on one time with God, to refresh and renew. This image is absolutely breathtaking!!

  20. Gayle

    I love this photo and the scripture. I’m reading a book on the Sabbeth right now as well, it is called The Sabbeth World. I’m not far enough into it to decide if I like it.
    Wishing you a blessed Sabbeth evening,

  21. Sharon O

    I have been working at inviting stillness, and quiet, and time to listen and be restored. Thank you for the beautiful encouragement.

  22. cbuxton03

    Ah, yes. Absolutely lovely.

  23. Cindee Snider Re

    He remembers that we are dust. Just stopping there, in that little pool of sunlight, for awhile today. Bless you, Shelly!

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Nice to connect with you through the Saturday and Sunday communities Cindee.

  24. Deborah

    Such a peaceful image, Shelly … and it’s so good to come away, and sit at His feet, even if it’s in the shower 🙂 … oh the blessings we do miss when we forfeit those special quiet times for something other than Him! We need to give Him his rightful place in our heart! Thanks so much for sharing …. it’s a good reminder to find that time of rest as often as we can! I’m visiting from Katie’s … it’s been awhile since I’ve been by your site here … it’s good to be back! 🙂

    • Redemption's Beauty

      So glad you came back Deborah and left this rich comment. Thank you.

  25. illumylife by Joy

    Loved this post. “in quietness and trust is your strength…” Isaiah 30:15 Ah, to be still and know God…..

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Amen. So glad to see you here in the comments following the journey. What a pleasure to meet you.

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