“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.”-Henry David Thoreau

As our weekly Sabbath day approaches when we manually hit “the pause” button,  this article is something worth reading:

The Joy of Quiet via New York Times

“The urgency of slowing down — to find the time and space to think — is nothing new, of course, and wiser souls have always reminded us that the more attention we pay to the moment, the less time and energy we have to place it in some larger context. “Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries,” the French philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote in the 17th century, “and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.” He also famously remarked that all of man’s problems come from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone. “

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We live in an age of mega distractions, I wonder what sort of distractions were afflicting people in the 17th century?

Do you call a “Time Out” from the daily grind and what do you enjoy doing on your Sabbath day?

:: Resources ::

Sabbath Manifesto

The Sabbath Challenge

Sabbath Movement

(Note:   Jordanne wants all goat herders to know that, since this picture was taken,  Blackberry has had her hooves nicely trimmed)


  1. brad dunn says:

    I.think it is gteat what your family has achieved. I could not have more respect for your dad. I have been watching your achievements on the web for 5 years now and have learned what can be achieved by simply applying one self.
    Stay happy and good luck to you all.
    Brad Dunn Milbrodale N.S.w. Australia

  2. John Amrhein says:

    HAHA – as a former shepherd that is exactly what I was thinking when I saw that photo. As to your question we do take a sabbath break on Sunday and I try to make it a practice not to work on my part-time business venture on that day. God created us to need rest just like Him.

  3. Amanda says:

    As the Sabbath begins, on friday night, a group of cross generational friends gathers for a family style meal, the best food of the week. Troubles of the week are set aside, non-essential chores are forced to wait, television is unplugged and monitory transactions cease. Time is spent with friends and family, scriptures are opened, prayers are said and watches are not looked at. Plans are simple and open to change. What a blessing this set aside day is.

  4. c says:

    I observe sunday as a day of rest and time with God. I do no menial work if at all possible and avoid anything loud. Hobbies are allowed as they are restful but if my hobby requires me to hammer or make a loud noise, I do that on saturday or monday. We have so much noise in our daily lives, it is nice to slow down in mind, body and noise levels. If the weather is good I enjoy meals and hobbies outside to see, smell and feel what beauty God has provided.

  5. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, every day I try to have at least an hour of just quiet time to ponder what is thrashing through my mind. I have found that it takes me almost a week to unplug entirely from the influence of this world and returning has to be forced. There should be a lesson just in that feeling. My greatest personal asset is responsibility so the tendency is to have to read every e-mail sent, try to fix every broken appliance for friends, be the go to guy for moving day, and the list goes on and on. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing those things but the breaks are nice as well. I have found there must be a balance between the busy schedule of the world and quiet peaceful times of solitude.

    With the appliances that have given us more time, it seems we have become slaves to appliance maintenance. The question becomes who owns who? It’s hard to believe that we are so connected to energy consumption that we can not live with out it.

    Have a great Sabbath day.

  6. Audrey says:

    For me the Sabbath is a day of rest from worldly cares. I will be studying my scriptures, attending my church meetings, enjoying associating with my family and others of the same faith. In my free time I will be doing some family history, as I love to learn of my roots.
    I love seeing what ya’ll are doing. I find it very inspiring, and little by little hope to change our new abode into a place of wonderful productivity of things that are healthy and nourishing for both body, mind and spirit.
    Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your lives.
    Enjoy your Sabbath!

  7. martin johnstone, outer hebrides says:

    In the outer hebrides, the predominant religions are christian, so pretty much everything is closed on a sunday, so that is (or was) the day of rest for everyone, and i look forward to family dinner as much as the next person. Not everyone is christian though. There were no ferries or planes on a sunday until about 6 years ago, now both transports are available on sunday. There were no restaurants or shops or take aways open on sundays, but now there are a few. People seem to accept now that they can enjoy their sunday day of rest, but that doesn’t mean everyone else has to follow their way. In other countries, people are at war and killing each other over such small religious differences. I’m glad that our area seems to be changing, slowly, to accept a wider range of beliefs and practises, without bloodshed and violence. As long as people try to live a good moral life, i don’t think it’s too important to ‘religiously’ stick to a particular sabbath day. I realise it helps a lot of people to do so, though. 🙂

  8. Rosie says:

    On our homestead we do not work on the seventh day. I have had to work so hard lately that I am looking forward to a day of rest. But I still have to get up and take care of our too many animals, that takes me almost an hr. I have kindling split and wood stacked on the porch for the fire, as we heat and cook with wood. I read on line, though I would prefer it in book form, so I could lie on the sofa while doing it. We used to go for a walk and all the goats and dogs follow along. You can hear their bells clanging. Right now sweet hubby has been on crutches for 8 weeks and still five more to go.

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