It’s Time To Play – Week 36

by | Sep 13, 2013 | Uncategorized


“Play and Sabbath are joined at the hip, and sometimes we rest best when we play hardest.” ~Mark Buchanan, The Rest of God

As you make your way toward Sabbath, think about the last time you allowed yourself to play with unapologetic usefulness. May you let go of the crutch of your to-do list, the mirage of measuring your self-worth through accomplishment and remember what it feels like to waste time for the sheer fun of it. Then see how it informs your rest.

Happy Sabbath Friends!

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Some happy links that bring joy, laughter, and some ah-ha moments:

Watch this amazing bit of physics and math collide.

I love the way Glennon Melton of Momastery knows how not to take herself too seriously in Even Closer to Fine. This story wouldn’t be the same without the photos.

Sometimes you witness someone overcome adversity with such grace and beauty that you can’t help but be inspired by it.

If you haven’t seen this video captured by the wife of a man coming out of sedation, then you probably haven’t turned on your TV or opened your computer in a while. Just sayin’. Be ready to laugh out loud (you may not want to watch this at work).

Want something new to try in your slow cooker while you play on the weekend? Try this recipe; it’s what’s for supper on Sabbath at my house. Let me know if you try it in the comments.

And last but not least, this is the most heart-warming story I read all week. Let’s be gentle with one another, shall we?




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  1. Kelly Greer

    Love the fun you left us with here today. I’m going to embrace it…letting my heart beat in time with my Saviour’s. Have a blessed weekend Shelly.

  2. Pam

    Gorgeous photos, Shelly. The last two look like Christmas ornaments on a tree… 🙂

  3. Jedidja

    Wow, I love your photos! Thanks for this great, interesting post with links.

  4. DeanneMoore

    Read Glennon’s blog about the paper bags…I had paper bag kind of day with my adult kids yesterday. I told Jeff I might keep one in my purse. I particularly needed it last night at the football game…long story but I needed to breathe and have a on a fake smile… thanks for leading us Sabbath sister into play…gonna be a stretch for me this weekend but going to squeeze in some play this weekend even if it is in a coloring book.

  5. Janet

    Joy like bubbles – I love it! Perfect image for this weekend – I needed it. Thank you.

  6. Kris Camealy

    Beautiful images, Shelly! Looking forward to reading these linked posts, and playing some this weekend. Enjoy your Sabbath, sweet friend!!

  7. Nancy Ruegg

    You’ve inspired me, Shelly–AGAIN! What you’ve said here goes right along with what someone said at Bible study this week: He has sanctioned rest and relaxation (Genesis 2:2-3). Just as we take great pleasure in watching our children or grandchildren play, so our Heavenly Father undoubtedly enjoys watching us play. What could be more satisfying than putting a smile on God’s face?

    Thank you also for pointing out that important to-do list items and distinguished accomplishments are NOT what make us valuable. I see pride lurking in that way of thinking. (Ouch!)

  8. Joanne Norton

    As usual, you made me smile. Thank you. I always need to grin.

  9. KalleyC @BloggingWhileNursing

    I love the links that you left, my favorite is the man who came out of sedation. Thanks you for sharing these. Dropping in from the sunday community.

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