If, just for a moment, you stand in the doorway, linger a bit in front of the tree, it’s strange how you can see it – how every Christmas tree is a ladder and Jesus Is your ladder who hung on that Tree . . . so you can have the gift of rest. When you are wrung out, that is the sign you’ve been reaching for rungs. The work at the very heart of salvation is the work of the very heart of Christmas: simply rest.

 ~Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

As you tick the days off the calendar, your mind swirling with what’s left undone or forgotten, may you find the courage to trust in God when he says, “Remember the Sabbath.” He knows we’ll forget; that’s why he issues the reminder in Exodus.

Rest, it’s in your best interest, like listening for his voice.

Sometimes keeping a day holy means napping on the couch.

Happy Sabbath Friends!


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My Favorite Reads This Week:

Losing Sabbath by Kimberly Coyle for The High Calling – I didn’t know a country observed Sabbath as a lifestyle until I read Kimberly’s story about a time living abroad.

When Joy is Elusive by Kathy Escobar for She Loves Magazine – because sometimes Christmas can be a painful reminder.

Mrs. Jingle Bells by Lori Harris – a heartwarming Christmas story of humility.

A Peek Inside The Most Amazing Christmas Card I Received This Year by Margaret Feinberg – the title says it all. I don’t want to spoil it, just go over and be inspired.

One Small Thing Done in {slightly irritable} Love by Michelle DeRusha – a story told in Michelle’s typical self-deprecating humor, get ready to laugh.

10 Things Salvation Army Bell Ringers Want You to Know by Robin Dance- the other side of Michelle’s experience above.