Everyone Needs a Little Sabbath

Tues., Feb. 21, 2017

Ezekiel 20:12 – And I commanded them to respect the Sabbath as a way of showing that they were holy and belonged to me.

A month ago, I shared that Rick and I were soon leaving on vacation, err Sabbath, to Belize. We had a great time. I share a short picture diary to share our Sabbath:

Fishing off the coast from the island where we stayed. We also had our first experience lobstering!

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Followed by snorkeling with nurse sharks.

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And then having a shore lunch with the fish and lobster we caught.

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Visiting a Mayan ruin and looking into Guatemala.

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While Rick was not quite sure he wanted to zip line, after a few passes, he was a pro!

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Watching the gorgeous sunsets.

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Rick took in several naps most days.

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One day, in a hammock.

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Sunday, ready to leave for worship at a local church.

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I ran every day. We walked a lot, tried local food and discovered lots about Belize culture, history and society.

And then, life happened when we returned. Yep, this is why it’s taken a month for me to share our experience.

What did I discover about myself while taking Sabbath?

  • Our first full day in Belize, I was just tired. It took me all morning to get moving. It’s important to stop our normal clocks and allow our bodies to catch up.
  • Every culture has very interesting things to learn. We knew nothing about Belize when we arrived. While I’m not ready to teach a college course on Belize, if you ask local people questions, they are very happy to share. This allows us a much wider view of our world and God.
  • Rick and I can spend multiple days together! Because of our jobs and schedules, we don’t see each other every day of the week. There was a day Rick admitted he wasn’t used to seeing me so much. Yet, we are optimistic we can transition into a schedule where we see each other more … and it will be good.
  • During the last night we were there, I had a new project placed on my heart. I look forward to sharing more of this in future blogs.

I know it’s not always feasible to get completely away like we did for a week. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to do so. I pray that we will make Sabbath time a priority in 2017. There is much for us to discover about others and ourselves when we do so.

 Almighty God – What an interesting world that we live in! Thank you for the opportunity for us to discover and explore another part of the world. More importantly, time to recharge our souls, our marriage and our live in you.  Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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