SABBATH = TIME OUT!

“Mindfulness is a certain way of paying attention that is healing, that is restorative, that is reminding you of who you actually are so that you don’t wind up getting entrained into being a human doing rather than a human being.” — Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn

Over the years many a folk has written expressing their appreciation of our observation of the Sabbath.  Of course, this leads to questions like: ” Are you Jewish, Seventh Day Adventist?” Answer – neither.  Or: “Do you go to church, what’s your Sabbath like?”  The word “Sabbath” comes from the Hebrew shabbat, “to cease” and that’s exactly what our family strives to do.  It’s a time for us to call a “TIME OUT!” from worldly pulls and we don’t need to attend a church to do that.

Thankfully we keep modern technology to a minimum, but lately, there’s is a burgeoning “Sabbath” movement started by culture “creatives with a deep feeling that life had been taken over by technology and the grind of work.”   Last Saturday the organization hosted an “National Day of Unplugging”   –  which we do already  no computers, no business calls, no shopping, no commerce.

I wrote this post a few years back and since I’ve been receiving many a letter this week on the subject, thought it an opportune time to re-post as the information is still relevant in our times.

Six Days You Shall Labor

Dear Dervaes Family,
I enjoyed your presentation at 10,000 Villages and look forward to your next talk with the Eden series at All Saints. You are amazing! Thank you for the newsletter. Your websites are beautiful also. … I’m glad to see on your site that you keep the Sabbath rest from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. I believe that is one reason for your phenomenal success, that you are being blessed for your Sabbath economics as well as all your outstanding hard work.

–Nancy

BTY Thank you for standing up for what God has put on your heart(asking people not to purchase from sundown Friday to Sundown Saturday). Praying God’s favor for you and your garden. May you receive greater than your goal!

—Moria

Hi there Dervaes family,
I was looking at your online store the peddlers wagon and saw some awesome things, one of which is the statement of faith about asking people to respect you and not purchase on Sabbath. WOW…I was so impressed with this. I am a Seventh Day Adventist and have never seen anyone put this request on their websites before.

— Take care,  Lisa

Dear Friends,

I happened across your web site as I browsed some agrarian blogs, and I was very pleased to find that you take the Sabbath seriously. I believe that the Sabbath and the other appointed times… are part of the agrarian rhythm of life that God intended us to live. Good for you that you refrain from selling on the Sabbath! Keep up the good work you are doing, you are an inspiration to many.

— Sincerely, Aimee

“…You guys have admirable integrity in asking customers to refrain from buying from your website on the Sabbath. “

– Lelani

“Time Out!”

When folks ask “so what’s this about a Sabbath day”  I simply tell them it’s a day where we call “TIME OUT.”

So, what’s a “time out?” Time out from buying, selling, and doing normal work activities here on the homestead.

It’s a time for us unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, get with loved ones.  It’s about finding a balance in life as we step off of the 24/7 treadmill.

Do We Need to Observe a Sabbath

In the 1960s the Department of Architectural Studies at Sheffield University  undertook a survey which showed that buildings which were used heavily every day of the week suffered from stress and were unlikely to last. Those that had just one 24-hour period of “refreshment” each week had time to recover and lasted longer.

If a building requires regular rest, how much more those who work in it?

Today, the 24/7 mantra dictates otherwise. Although holiday periods and weekly hours are regulated, employers have more power over the lifestyles of their employees than at any time in decades. Annualised hours contracts force employees to work when there is demand for their labour, regardless of the consequences to home life or commitments.

…..After the Reformation the Quakers rediscovered the economic advantages that could be obtained from an ordered life of limiting work by adhering to a cycle which included a Sunday completely free of work. From that was developed a range of industrial and commercial enterprises in which the workers had time to take their leisure. Cadbury’s model village of Bourneville  in Birmingham  was designed around a normal pattern of family life in which the workers were encouraged to engage in sports, cultivate their gardens, maintain their health and participate in religious activities.

More recently, the Gower Handbook of Management notes, ‘Relaxation can be achieved in two ways. The first is to carry out any activity which distracts the mind from work. A happy home life, religious activity, gardening, sport, hobbies; all of these are good forms of relaxation. ..’

Religions make space for many different patterns of life. But the importance many, not least Christianity, attach to a shared period of rest is to be ignored at our peril. Whether that rest should be every day, every week, every month or every season will be open to debate. But the point is that simply leaving the business of rest to the marketplace of personal choice results in a relentless 24/7 culture, with all the personal, social and environmental stress that we are becoming familiar with. 24/7 is unsustainable. Everyone would benefit from taking a Sabbath.

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Do you strive to take a day off? How do you observe your Sabbath?




Comments(24)

  1. DM says

    Just got your latest post on my facebook feed. You just never know who might be reading along 😉 I grew up on a farm, had the “protestant work ethic” drilled into me to an unhealthy degree..t took me until my mid 30’s to see the importance of a sabbath break. We are not designed to be busy 7 days a week…if you don’t take some type of break, sooner or later you’ll start to overheat. DM

  2. The Provision Room says

    Lovely! We completely agree! Our blog is so much about DOING–prepping, cooking, gardening, parenting, etc….but somehow we have written a lot about REST. I don’t think it can be overstated in our hectic, frantic world!

    Did you know that in the Jewish tradition, Shabbat represents a woman? All the other days of the week are represented as men, but Shabbat–peace and rest–is a woman. So opposite of our culture’s maxim that a woman’s work is never done! We wrote a bit about that a few months ago if you are interested: Another Prayer For Rest.

    Off to share this post with our FB followers! THANKS!!!!

  3. Vidya says

    I have practiced a day of rest for years and I am convinced it has contributed to my success and satisfaction with life. After being a worker and consumer all week, it is so good to spend a day just being Vidya– connecting with loved ones, nature, and myself. When I tell people about my Sabbath, they always say, “I would love to, but I just don’t have the time” How can we not take time to nourish and replenish our souls?

  4. Leslie Lisa says

    Israel (Jews) were under the Sabbath. If you are a gentile or were back then, you were never under the the Sabbath and you are not today. We gentiles were never under the law of Moses and us today under grace in the present dispensation of grace are not under that law today either. http://graceambassadors.com/life/every-day-god

    • AO says

      Dear Leslie Lisa, the short response to your assertions:

      1) Isra’el is not only Jews. Jews = the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. A simple google search will unearth this one. Where are the other 10 tribes today?

      2) Wrong. Gentiles (i.e. those outside the Covenant the Creator made with his own) were under the law of Moshe. His words, not mine:

      Numbers 15:15
      For this community there will be the same law for you as for the foreigner living with you; this is a permanent regulation through all your generations; the foreigner is to be treated the same way before Adonai as yourselves.

      Same law for the native born, and for the gentile. Remember, there was a motley crowd that followed the children of Isra’el out of Egypt…

      3) With all due respect, according to your reasoning, under grace, we are not “under the law” except of course the “law” of tithing! Many are keen to hold on to this one aspect of the law that truly cannot be practiced today, for the simple reason that there is no temple to bring tithes, i.e. farm produce, to today. If, according to you, we’re not “under the law,” why bother obeying the instructions: do not commit murder, etc. That’s the law. What’s the point then? And while we’re at it, what is the definition of sin? Could it be anything but this: 1 John 3:4 Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah — indeed, sin is violation of Torah. (i.e. the law of Yehovah given to Isra’el through Moshe).

      The early disciples got it right, some people got in there somehow, twisted things and today we have been handed down a distortion of the truth, and that must make the Almighty furious. We tend to make up our own righteousness as we go along, call that freedom and have no idea just how off the track we’ve gone… 1st and 2nd Chronicles lay out exactly what the Almighty thinks about all this. It’s worth digging that out to read.

      More facts, let’s keep reading:

      Galatians 6:2
      Bear one another’s burdens — in this way you will be fulfilling the Torah’s true meaning, which the Messiah upholds.

      Romans 3:31
      Does it follow that we abolish Torah by this trusting? Heaven forbid! On the contrary, we confirm Torah.

      So, what are we being taught today? Everything contrary to what the early disciples upheld, that’s what.

      • Tim says

        Is not the Tithe the ten percent of your crops you take the festivals?

    • wandakate robinson says

      The Sabbath is not the law of Moses, but the law of GOD himself. Read the 10 Commandments, the 4th one is REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY AND KEEP IT HOLY. In Genesis, GOD created in 6 days and he rested on the 7th. He (GOD) commanded us to rest on that 7th day (Saturday). It was not just for the Jewish people, but for all people and it was to be for 1,000 generations. The Bible even tells us that we will worship in the New Heaven and the New Earth forever from one Sabbath unto another. WOW!
      I was raised a Sunday keeper but in James it says, “when you know the truth, the truth will set you free”. We are saved by GOD’s grace, yes, but we are according to John in Revelation, we are judged by our works. The 10 Commandment (moral laws) were NEVER done away with then or now. They are not obsolete. Study to show thyself approved. Blessings Leslie…

    • Theresa says

      The Sabbath never changed. Constantine changed the rest day, not God. As a believer I know that there is one covenant. If I want to be a part of God’s family then I need to understand His appointed times, not the man made ones that have a ‘gentile’ spin on them. If someone wants to take Sunday off to rest, that is fine, but it isn’t a commandment. There is only one Sabbath and it is a day that is set apart, as we are to be and to enter in. A good place to understand what happened would be to read about the History of the church and all the syncretism and paganism that has been adopted. I was shocked when I first discovered it over 20 years ago. As with all of us who are into agriculture…so is God. He says that we gentiles were like wild olive branches and grafted into the cultivated olive tree. We take nourishment from its sap, not the other way around. If you are a believer than you are part of the common wealth of Israel. It’s a very cool place to be!

  5. c says

    I am old enough to remember the Blue Laws that most states had in the past. All stores were closed except one pharmacy in town/city. The saturday newspaper published which pharmacy would be open on sunday in case someone needed medicine. But they would not sell anything else on sunday even in that pharmacy. The Blue Laws differed from state to state but generally they closed stores, encouraged family time togeather and limited “noisy” chores/jobs/machines. So you did not vaccume on sunday. Even if you did not observe the sabath for religious reasons, you could not impose your vaccume noise on your neighbors who did observe it. When I was stationed in Germany years ago they still had their version of the Blue Laws ( no longer).
    I personally like the idea of a day without blarring noise or noisy machines. It would be nice to be out in the yard and not hear someones mower, string trimmer, blower etc going all day long as one after another neighbor decides that sunday is the day to do yard work chores. I consider gardening a joy and hobby so I do it on sunday but only quiet jobs that I do no consider as a “chore”. If it is a chore I hold it till another day.
    I observe the sabath in respect to Gods request and His wisdom that I need this time.

    • Irian says

      While it may no longer be the law, and people have eased up on their neighbours putting their washing out to dry on a Sunday, almost everything still closes on a Sunday in Germany – takes some getting used to when moving back from abroad! Running your lawn mower or making any such noise on a Sunday is still very very much frowned upon – if you value your relationships with your neighbours, you just don’t! At least in the rural area where my parents live, there is still a law that prohbits the use of lawnmowers and other noisy equipment between – I think – 12noon and 2pm every day of the week, so you get to have your lunch and nap in peace if you have time for that, or if you are a toddler!

    • wandakate says

      Sunday is not the “SABBATH” day…The Sabbath starts on Friday at sunset and it ends on Saturday at Sunset. If you asked any Jew what day is the Sabbath they will know. The Sabbath was always on Saturday, but in 534 Constantine the Emperor changed the day from Saturday to Sunday. Then the Catholic Church continued to say that Sunday was the LORD’s day, and they went to mass on Sunday, then all of the other sister churches followed. All it is now is tradition. JESUS always went to the temples or synagogues and preached on the Sabbath as was his custom. So, please do rest, by all means but if you are doing that on Saturday thinking that it’s the Sabbath then you are doing it on the wrong day. Nowhere in the scriptures are you going to find where Sunday is the Sabbath Day, never was and is not now… Happy Sabbath dear. Oh, and remember JESUS said, “if you love me, keep my commandments.” The 4th Commandment from the LORD is , Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. 6 days have you to labor but the Sabbath is a Sabbath (day of rest), unto the LORD.

      • wandakate says

        My mistake above. I meant that if you are doing that on Sunday, it’s the wrong day. I typed in Saturday but it was too late to correct my mistake. So sorry…

        • Tim says

          Actually the Sabbath is not on either Sun-worship-day, nor Saturn-worship-day.
          El’s New year started on the new moon, full moon fourteen days before Passover. He did not have a seven day continuing week. Read Psalms 81;3. Ezek. and Neh. show that the Temple was to be open on the New moon as well as the Sabbath, and that the gates of the city were to be closed on those days. So the New moon day is a rest day as well as the Sabbath day. So El’s calendar shows the Sabbaths on the 8th, 15th, 22, and 29th of his months. The cheeser or Gregorian calendar are not His!!! Steven said the rabbinic Jews took up worshiping of Rephedam …ie Saturn in engliss. And they killed him for it! Amazing how this is the Most wrongly interpreted book ever. So keep studying, and the truth will set you free!!!

  6. Gail Gardner says

    YouTube shared the ABC Nightline video about what you’ve done with me and I followed that to your YouTube channel and back to your Twitter and blog. You and your entire family are much needed role models for the narrow path to freedom, happiness and Jesus. Your observance of His real Sabbath confirms what I knew I would find here.

    If I can ever be of assistance please do let me know. I left the rat race in 2000 and will never have another J.O.B. (Just Over Broke). Although I live in what most city dwellers would consider “the boonies” in the middle of ~70 acres an hour from the big city, I dream of moving off the grid to a community of people much like your family.

    • wandakate says

      There are communities like that and they honor the Sabbath Day as well as live off the grid. Some do have solar power, wells, septic systems etc. and they even grow their own veggies and some grow fruits. They have their animals too. I hope you find a community soon as things are happening at rapid speed, and this economy will more than likely crash before the end of this year, I hope your ready for what’s ahead. Blessings…

      • Gina says

        My family is beginning just one such community that
        will observe a Sabbath rest, growing vegetables, fruit, fish, chickens, maybe a goat or two. Ten wooded acres near the coastal city
        of Wilmington,North Carolina will welcome folks who share our love of the tiny house on wheels concept. The well and electric are in. When finances permit solar/ wind power are planned. Totally off-grid is the goal. As grey “Mother Earther” from the 70’s I believe in self sufficiency.
        no GMO and permaculture. No time like the economic present to
        adopt a simpler lifestyle!

        • Deanna says

          Hi Gina,
          I’d be interested in learning more about your community. Thanks!

  7. Steve says

    The sabbath was for man to turn away from the busyness of the world and make time to be with God. Our rest is with the Holy one of Israel. Today that is Christ. Our rest is in Christ. Take time today to rest — ahh — the refreshing and restoration. Stop, rest, reflect, and spend the day with Daddy and creator of all gardens. Bless this beautiful awesome site.

  8. laweciarz says

    A matter near to my heart thanks, do you have a Facebook page for your website?

  9. Stewart Cowan says

    Hello,

    I am inspired by what you are doing. Recently, I have realised that the seventh day is still the Sabbath and as a disciple of Christ, ought to rest on this day, sunset to sunset.

    The Sunday day of rest was never once mentioned in scripture that I can see. It was an idea by the Romans to try to incorporate Christianity into Pagan Rome without too much fuss and in doing so, most people who consider themselves Christians today ignore a fundamental Commandment, which has weakened the Faith.

    • wandakate says

      Hey Stewart: You are so right. It is Saturday, from Friday night until Saturday night. It is still the 7th day of our week, it never ever changed. Sunday as you say was actually instituted by a Roman Emperor named Constantine. He wanted to separate the people from the Jews and they worshiped on the Sabbath (Saturday). So, by decree of death he made those people stop that original worship and start worshiping on Sunday which is the 1st day of the week. Sunday was never the Sabbath. JESUS did not go to worship as was his custom on Sunday, he always stood up to read (preach) on Saturday. JESUS never changed the day, and you are right the Sunday worship is not in the scriptures because it’s not biblical, it’s pagan worship. JESUS said, “if you love me, keep my commandments”. Also today’s Christians like to pick and choose which commandments fit into their lifestyles.
      People are honoring “tradition” and that’s it, what most do has nothing to do with what JESUS commanded or wanted. He did not come to do away with the Laws. He honored the Sabbath, and so did all of his disciples after he arose from the grave and went back to the FATHER in Heaven.
      The Sabbath will always be and we are told that we will worship from Sabbath to Sabbath in the New Jerusalem which means forever. The 4th Commandment told us to REMEMBER…Why would GOD tell us to remember something that he wanted us to forget? Today’s church will fall under judgment. We are saved by grace, but we will be judged by our works. Peace be with you. Count any mistakes here for blessings to you.

    • Tim says

      The problems with the Jewish teaching are just as bad as Christian teachings. Proof is in Deut. 28 where all people are still under the curse for the last two thousand years. If one has dies by cancer or war they are under the curse yes or no???

  10. wandakate says

    ENJOYED YOUR SITE. FIRST TIME HERE, BUT IT WAS GOOD AND THE COMMENT SECTION IS INTERESTING. I HOPE MORE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE REAL ORIGINAL SABBATH AND HOW GOD INTENDED FOR ALL OF US TO HONOR IT AND NOT DO OUR NORMAL WORK ON THAT DAY. I KEPT SUNDAY UNTIL I KNEW BETTER AND THEN I SWITCHED MY DAY TO PLEASE HIM. I AM NOT UNDER THE LAW OF MOSES, BUT I AM UNDER THE LAWS OF GOD, AND HE SAID TO OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS AND THAT INCLUDES THE 4TH ONE, SO YOU ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING AND HE WILL BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY FOR THAT.

    THERE IS SO MUCH CONFUSING IN THE CHURCH, BUT THE BIBLE WARNED US THAT IN THE LAST DAYS THERE WOULD CERTAINLY BE A TON OF CONFUSION WITH FALSE PROPHETS ON EVERY CORNER.

    WE ARE AS I SAID IN A FEW OF MY COMMENTS, WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE BUT MY BIBLE TELLS ME I WILL BE JUDGED BY MY WORKS.

    WE MUST COME OUT OF THE CITIES, OUT OF BABYLON, AND OUT OF THE PAGAN SYSTEM OF DOING THINGS. LAY ASIDE OUR TRADITIONS AND GO BACK TO THE WORD OF GOD WHICH HAS BEEN SO WATERED DOWN IT HAS LOST ALL ITS MEANING. WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD AT THE JUDGEMENT DAY. THE PAGAN HOLIDAYS OF EASTER, HALLOWEEN, AND CHRISTMAS MUST ALSO GO AS JESUS DID NOT HONOR THEM. THEY ARE ALL MANMADE, THEY ARE NOT BIBLICAL AT ALL. NOWHERE IN SCRIPTURE ARE WE TO CELEBRATE ANY OF THEM. FOR IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF “MEN”…

  11. Schmarel says

    Of course, the requirement of God’s love being shared and demonstrated between fellow believers is in full swing here. Right? RIGHT???

    Thought so. I love your blog, your work… and your deliberate rest, whenever its taken to honor our Lord. God bless.

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