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About the Episode

Can you really Sabbath for an entire 24-hours as a mom with littles? The answer is a resounding “yes!” My friend, Melanie Zeeb is on the podcast today sharing what her 24-hours looks like and some of the things she’s learned over the past few years of practicing Sabbath. Practice not perfectionism is at the heart of what she shares so I really do hope you take a listen.

About My Guest
Melanie Zeeb is a wife, mother to two young boys, and a writer. While she is currently working on a YA novel, she has written the non-fiction work Beauty from Ashes: An Eyewitness Account of Haiti’s Tragic Earthquake.

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[00:00:00] You are listening to episode five of the Simply Sabbath podcast.

 

Rachel: Rest doesn’t have to be a four-letter word. If you feel like you’re about to break from exhaustion. Let me invite you to Simply Sabbath, a podcast for the burnt-out Christian mom, who longs to get back to the core of who she is and to reclaim the deep joy and stabilizing peace Jesus has for her in her every day– without the mom guilt that often accompanies self-care practices.

Hi, my name is Rachel Fahrenbach and I help busy moms just like you add a simple restful family Sabbath to their week. So they can experience a refueling that gives them exactly what they need to live the life that God has called them to. I’m so glad you’ve joined me today. Let’s get to it.

When I began practicing Sabbath, I was mom to three [00:01:00] kids under seven. And so I was skeptical about how this actually was going to play out in my everyday life. And I know many of you, moms listening, who have younger kids are also skeptical about it, which is why I have asked my friend, Melanie Zeeb to come on and share about her Sabbath practice. Melanie is a wife, a mom to two little boys and a writer, and she practices a full 24- hour Sabbath. Melanie, it is so great to get to talk to you today. Before we really dive in, how about you tell us a little bit about you and your family.

Melanie: Well, thank you. And it’s great to be here with you Yeah I think that Sabbath is something that’s really important. Maybe even, especially when you have little kids.

Like you said, I am a wife and a mom. I have two little boys. My oldest just turned six and we just started homeschooling him this year. He just started school. My younger son is three. He’ll be four [00:02:00] coming up here soon.

Rachel: That’s a fun age.

Melanie: It is. Yes.

Rachel: They’re very curious about everything.

Melanie: So curious. And like you said, I, I try to do some writing as well in my spare time, you know, which I have so much of.

Rachel: So much of it yep.

Melanie: Is there anything else you wanna know about me?

Rachel: Where do you guys live? ,

Melanie: Oh, yeah. We are in Indiana in Northeast, Indiana. I’ve lived here more or less my entire life. I left for a couple of stints in college I spent a few years overseas. My husband moved here to the area in college. He grew up overseas as well. And then we’ve been here all our adult lives.

Rachel: Well, how about we start with, how do you define Sabbath? Like, what is the Sabbath practice in your mind?

Melanie: Yeah, I, I, it’s just real simple for me. Quite simply. I define it as, a rest from work. Growing up in the Christian tradition, I [00:03:00] am a practicing Christian. I ascribed to the biblical model and I really liked how it says it in Exodus 220:11 and the Sabbath commandments, The end of that is for in six days, the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.

Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. So just, yeah, kind of that idea, you know, God worked to create the earth on six days. And I mean, I think we all know he didn’t really need the rest on the seventh day. If He took a break from working, I guess so can we.

Rachel: Ha That’s great. I liked I’m I’m glad you pointed us back to that verse because, I think sometimes we can create our own definition of what it means to rest. And I like that you pulled it back to. To Exodus and kind of that command. I often tell people when we’re talking about Sabbath, that I think of it as like a gift wrapped up in a commandment. And so I love the fact that you pulled [00:04:00] us back to Exodus. So what does Sabbath look like in your week?

Melanie: So, I practice a 24 hour Sabbath starting on Saturday evening. And that. Works extremely well for me. Partly because my family attends a Saturday night service at our church.

Rachel: Okay.

Melanie: So, then, you know, my Sabbath just kind of starts at six o’clock when with worshiping together communally.

And then I, I don’t know if you want the details of what…

Rachel: Yes, We are all about the details. We want the practical there’s wonderful resources out there that talk about the theory of it all and like the why and like what the biblical implications of it are. But like, so often people don’t get into the nitty gritty. So we are all for that here.

Melanie: Simply, you know, I start on an average week, I start at six o’clock on Saturday night, and then I, my Sabbath ends at six o’clock then on Sunday night. [00:05:00] And part of the reason I switched to that, because I used to do like, just a full day on more of like a calendar, like a 24 hour day from midnight to midnight.

Rachel: Right.

Melanie: Was I, I would get frustrated because, sunday evening, you know, if I hadn’t like you on Saturday, you’re not ready to prepare for the week ahead. So Sunday night comes and it’s like, I wouldn’t, I would want to make plans and do scheduling. And I’m like, this feels too much like work and not Sabbathing to me.

And then especially just with, you ,know connecting how , we, we go to church and worship on Saturday night. So I was like, well, it’s just seems like a natural way to do things for me in our, in our family. So yes, we go to church and come home and mostly just relax for me. In some ways, Saturday night and Sunday night are both in a way they’re almost half Sabbaths.

I don’t really want to say rules, but the [00:06:00] guidelines that I give to myself are a little bit different on Saturday night versus Sunday during the day. And then even on Sunday night even though I am usually, it’s just preparing for that next week and my schedule and planning and that sort of thing.

But it’s still, it’s still a much more relaxed, low key. It’s not necessarily the high pressure. And then also on Saturday night, I sometimes will allow myself to do things that I would take a break from on Sunday, mainly that revolves around technology. my phone really.

Rachel: So you start at six o’clock on Saturday and you go until six o’clock on Sunday. And I think it’s important what you had said that sometimes when you try to do that 24, like a calendar 24, according to what our calendar is, it feels like rushed and it feels like you don’t have enough time.

And I experienced that too. We were trying to like Sabbath on Sunday and I always felt like the week would start and I’d be like not [00:07:00] prepared for it. And so I started looking into, okay, what do other people do? And I realized that in the Jewish faith, they actually do send down to sundown Friday to Saturday.

And I was like, there’s gotta be a reason for that. I started thinking, okay, well, what would that do for me if I did from sundown to sundown? And I realized, well, I have time to prepare the day of, and during daylight. And then in the next evening, I have time to prepare for the following day. And it suddenly dawned on me that, well, if I am sabbathing for a 24 hour calendar day, according to our calendar, that I’m actually sabbathing for more than 24 hours, because it starts when you go to bed the night before, right.

Because we’re resting when we’re asleep. And so we’re resting, and then we’re doing our Sabbath and then we’re resting again the next day. So I’m like, well, of course it doesn’t work. It’s not 24 hours. It’s more like 36. So I’m like, well of course, God is wise. It makes sense.

[00:08:00] And so I totally agree with you. It is so hard to be like trying to Sabbath all day on Sunday and then launch into the week. It really is difficult.

You mentioned, not doing technology. So is that something like, you’re not on your phone at all? Is it all technology? Is it like no TV, no computer. What do you do?

Melanie: Well, it’s definitely not no technology. It started with no social media and no phone, like none of the apps or the games I can be mildly addicted to. I don’t do those. I don’t do social media. And that was one of those things that was really interesting. Because I found. Like, especially when the pandemic first started and we lost all in in-person contact for a few weeks. I suspended that because it felt like I needed it, but eventually pretty quickly I, I dropped it again.

I dropped the social media because I realized that it just was [00:09:00] stressing me out. Well, it wasn’t even that it was that it wasn’t restful to me. I could feel myself like picking it up. And at first when I started doing it, I, what I would do when it came time for my Sabbath, I would turn off all of my notifications on pretty much all of my apps, any of my apps that would like tempt me to pick them up if I knew there was a notification and then I’d turn them back on. And actually now I just leave all my notifications off. I mean, it’s all still there when I go,

Rachel: but you’re checking it on your time it removes that demand on your attention, it removes your, you know, the demand on your focus. And it puts you back in control of when you’re going to consume that content.

Melanie: Yeah, because I just started finding that half the time. I didn’t even care, but every time I would hear the notification, I would pick up my phone and it’d be like, oh, somebody liked something. I, you know, I don’t need to know. A few years ago, I just started a whole [00:10:00] bunch of like habits that I built progressed. And one of them is I turned my phone off for an hour a day.

Rachel: Did you read the The Uncommon Rule?

Melanie: I didn’t, I’ve just heard enough people talk about it. And I was like, you know what? I’m not on my phone anyway, while we’re eating, I’ll just turn it off during the dinner hour. Although true confession. I actually, at this point, I half the time it’s just in another room and I don’t bother turning it off.

Rachel: That still takes discipline and that’s still ceasing from it. Cultivating an environment of rest by removing it even just physically or the notifications that adding that intentionality to your Sabbath practice, I think is really helpful and beneficial.

Melanie: It seems like it. And the part of me would like to turn my phone off, but you know, in these days we don’t have landlines and you know, it’s not like emergencies are happen all that often, but you also want to, when they’re going to happen, So that’s not something I’ve done yet.

My battery life is so much better on my [00:11:00] Sabbath. But we, we do watch TV. That’s something that’s relaxing. Bizarrely my kids actually consume more media on Sundays. And part of that is we haven’t partly because of their ages, partly because of just other elements of the routine.

We haven’t intentionally. Spoken of Sabbath to them, but it is, it’s kind of important to me because that Sabbath day is really meaningful to me and the rest that I’m able to get. And so I want it to be a special day for my kids as well. So like contrary to the whole technology thing that is actually the one day a week that they are allowed to play video games.

Sometimes, you know, they’ll watch a movie or something with dinner, which is completely not something that we normally do. They have special meals. they always have pasta for lunch on Sunday, which is [00:12:00] my one son’s favorite meal. And then we started Sunday night dinner, which is literally just snack foods. And

Rachel: I love that!

Melanie: I’m not a terrible mother, my children eat.

Rachel: But you know, I think that’s really, I love that. I love that you do that with your kids, because I think that oftentimes we approach Sabbath with this like has to look a certain way or it’s supposed to be this like ceasing from work and being pious.

And you’re just like, no, it’s supposed to be ceasing from work and enjoying life. Like that’s what God intended for it to be. he stopped work, he stopped creating. And then he dwelled with his creation. He spent time with us and essentially played and enjoyed the creation that he had made. And I love that. You’re essentially cultivating that for your kids. You’re like, This is the day that you get a break from having to do school, having to do all the things, all the chores, all the thoughts, and you get to just have fun and play with and enjoy life in the way [00:13:00] that you want to.

I think if we all treated Sabbath like that for ourselves, like we would be in much better places. And which leads me to my question, like, what do you do for yourself on Sabbath that allows you to play?

Melanie: Well, honestly, part of it is, I mean, what I just said with my kids, I know what they are going to be eating and it’s super easy stuff for me to make. Like, so I guess you could say like, technically that’s working, but there is an element to which, and I’m sure you noticed, like there’s an element as moms you will be working

Rachel: well. Yeah. I think that mothers have twisted the idea of. Responsibility for those that are dependent on them into work.

Like the idea. And I do not to dismiss the fact that that responsibility that God has given us to steward our children and to guide them to him. I’m not dismissing that it’s hard work or that it’s something that’s important work.

We don’t [00:14:00] stop feeding ourselves. We don’t stop taking care of our bodies. We don’t stop getting sleep. We don’t stop doing those things that are self care items. Really. We don’t stop those on Sabbath and God doesn’t ask us to it. He doesn’t say stop eating today, you know, but yet it, sometimes when it comes to our kids, we forget that essentially they’re dependent on us for those self care needs. And we still have to do those things on Sabbath because they can’t do them for themselves. And so we, we mix that up with this idea of work. And so, no, you’re not going to stop changing diapers on Sabbath. You’re not going to stop making meals on Sabbath because your children are dependent on you for their self care needs. And just like you have to take care of yourself, care needs. You have to take care of those needs for your kids.

Melanie: Yeah. I agree.

Rachel: All that to say that I, I want moms to hear from you, that you’re saying right now is, I [00:15:00] let my kids eat snacks for dinner on Sabbath, and you don’t feel guilty about that. And you don’t feel shame about that because. They’re eating, their physical need is being met, but it’s being done in a way that gives you rest. And I think that’s, what’s so important that moms hear from us is like, you’re going to have to take care of the kids’ meals, but you can do it in a way that doesn’t cause you extra stress for the day.

What are some other ways that you play on Sabbath?

Melanie: Okay. So for me personally like I said earlier, I try not to. I mean, yeah, I try because I mean, I’ll be honest. Like there are days when I get to the end, I’m like, oh, I did not Sabbath well today I don’t feel as rested. And some days when it’s better and some days when it’s worse than it happens But I try not to do anything that, that in my mind feels like work.

And that may change from week to week. There may be something that I can do this week because I want to do it. And not other weeks. Now there are some things that even if I want to, I will not let myself do. I don’t do any writing on Sundays. Because [00:16:00] that is something that you know, is work, there are certain things like that.

But some things like the current example in my life, and this is the weirdest thing. Knitting. I used to do it all the time on Sabbath, but the problem is I was in the middle of a whole bunch of projects and it was kind of frustrating me. And so I actually set a goal for myself that I was going to finish all these projects.

And so I was working on it at other times, not Sabbath, but now in my mind, I almost still have this mentality of like, oh, to work on that is to work on a project. And so I haven’t, I haven’t gotten back into it. It’s like a weird thing. I just try to do the things I enjoy. I spend time with my family. I read a lot of times I’ll do puzzles. I’ll listen to audio books.

One thing, you know, as, as a mom with young kids, one thing, one of the things I’ve found is that I am able to spend so much more time with my kids on my Sabbath. You know, [00:17:00] if you think about through the. You know, a lot of times, even if I’m reading to them, even if I’m playing with them, in my mind, I’m thinking of the 15 things that I need to be doing as soon as this is over

Rachel: I’m guilty of that. So guilty.

Melanie: Where on Sabbath. I mean, now, you know, there are definitely times when I’m like, I want to be reading my book and generally speaking. You know, it’s a time when they’ll, you know, they’ll ask me to read to them or they’ll want to play a game with me or just, you know, sit down and play with Legos. And because I don’t have the push of everything I need to do, I am able to actually spend better time with them. You know, because I’m not worried about what I’m going to be making for dinner. I’m not worried about, you know, The kitchen hasn’t been cleaned and you know.

Rachel: Your time with them is more like it’s more quality time because your attention is not divided.

Melanie: [00:18:00] It is. And it also sometimes frees me up during the week to not feel like I’m neglecting them quite so much, because I know that we will have that time.

You know, I mean, obviously I’m still spending time with them during the week and you know, and doing things but

but I understand what you mean. Cause like in the hustle and bustle of like the week when you’re running them here and there, you’re trying to go to, you know grocery shopping or whatever, all the things are.

It can feel like disjointed and maybe it’s like 10 minutes here, you know what I mean? Like you’re just trying to fit it in. But so as you’re going throughout the week to have that burden of meeting that need in a deep and impactful way every single day, because you know, you’re going to have this really robust time with them. It does alleviate a little bit of that, that mom guilt. It does.

And I remember a while back [00:19:00] reading about Sabbath and it was the idea of practicing Sabbath and knowing that that rest was coming, allowed her to do the work of the week and to just go full at it and not worry about burnout because the rest was coming.

Rachel: Yes.

Melanie: I feel that, you know, in, in all of those same ways, but also, you know, kind of like we were just talking about. I can balance it all. And then, you know, have more time on, on the Sabbath.

Rachel: Do you ever find yourself in the middle of the week, panicking about the fact that, you know, your Sabbath is coming up and maybe you feel like you don’t have enough time to get it all done before Sabbath?

Melanie: Rarely. I won’t say never.

Has it always been that way or is that some, has that, have you gotten to that point? Was it difficult at first to not worry about fitting it all in?

I, I think part of the [00:20:00] shift came for me when I shifted from a mindset of like, okay, I’m going to try Sabbath kind of practicing Sabbath more passively.

And like, I’m going to try a rest, but I still, like, I wasn’t fully committed to then when it was like, I’m actively going to practice Sabbath and I am actively going to do everything I can to finish up what needs done. And, and that’s one thing. It also helps me prioritize what’s truly important. Like what needs done now and what can wait until next week. And so, yeah, there are definitely times when it’s like, oh my gosh. And you know, especially, you know, on Saturday, there’ll be the panic and then there’s sort of the crystallizing of, okay, this is what matters. This is what’s done the rest can wait.

Rachel: This is what matters. This is what you can get done. This is what can wait.

Melanie: And, and part of that, and I think you actually alluded to this earlier. One of the significant things in helping me with my Sabbath practice as well is recognizing Saturday as a preparation day. [00:21:00] And you know, kind of that shift between because. In our culture, you know, we have the weekend we have Saturday and Sunday.

We have the workweek, the school week, whatever, Monday to Friday and Saturday is different. My husband is home. You know, he has a fairly traditional Monday to Friday. Yeah. My husband is home on Saturday. You know, which is great. I’m not complaining about that. And just our routines are different.

And so I, there was a point where I realized that I was kind of treating Saturday as a Sabbath too. And once I realized that it actually helped a lot. This might seem weird, but I was like, no, I mean, yes I can. The routines of Saturday are different and I, I can take more breaks, you know, spending some time with my husband, but I also still need to be doing the work that I’m doing Monday to Friday.

And once I recognized that then It was more of like a [00:22:00] wholehearted work for six, days, wholehearted rest for the 24 hours.

You know, things pile up, you know, in the rooms where I spend most of my time on the Sabbath, things just pile up over the weeks.

Like. You know, I’m still working on this project. I don’t want to put it away and get it back out on Saturday afternoon, you know, as it starts getting toward late afternoon and I’ll go around and just put all that stuff away. I’m not working on it. And if it’s sitting there and that’s, that’s one of those things where it’s like, you know, I don’t want to be legalistic.

Like I will occasionally move something, you know, I’ll move it into the other room, but there’s an element of like just the visual clutter, the like, knowing that I’m doing things that I don’t really want to be doing on that.

Rachel: So you talked about your husband being home and how the rhythms are different. And so my question to you is, does he Sabbath with you and how do you guys work out with the kids? Do you take turns [00:23:00] so that one person can be like completely off for a couple hours? Or like, what do you guys do?

Melanie: We kind of do our own separate Sabbath practices.

And at this point we have not yet created family Sabbath practices. I do think that’s something that we’ve talked about wanting to do at some point. Just, it hasn’t

Rachel: Well, you guys have kinda of started with you. It’s like you kinda like you kind of started though, right? Because you do church together. That kicks off your Sabbath time. And then you guys have a meal on Sunday evening that you do together. Right? Cause you guys are eating that together.

Melanie: It’s the kids eat it, we snacks, but yes. I guess what I’m saying, like part of what we think we would, like, at some point we’ve talked about trying to do like a family. More of like a Jewish Sabbath

Rachel: Shabbat meal with the candles and the blessings and yeah,

Melanie: On [00:24:00] Saturday evenings, but to this point, like our kids go to bed early. And so they generally eat before we go to church and we generally act like it’s just a thing, but, but yeah. And, and part of that I don’t, I don’t know if you really want to dig into this, but part of, part of.

Our desire for that is actually we, my husband and I a while back, we were in Israel. And when we were in Jerusalem, we had one of the couples that was on our trip. Friends of ours, they had friends in Jerusalem who were are messianic Jews who invited us to a Shabbat meal. So we went to temple Mount and did the Friday evening Sabbath thing there.

And then we walked and we went to their house and were able to experience a Jewish Shabbat meal with this family. And it was amazing because not only like they were so [00:25:00] gracious and, you know, not only did we get to participate and witness it but also like they were Just really generous about like answering questions and help us understand.

And I think in a lot of ways I mean, we, you know, we didn’t immediately start doing our Sabbath stuff after that, but I think a lot of what we do goes back to that and what we learned there and just thoughts of that. And so I think we both kind of have that in our mind. Like we remember that.

Rachel: You want to bring that experience into your home yeah. For your kids. Yeah. You know, and I love the fact that you, that you are acknowledging that that’s something maybe that will come as your kids grow up a little bit more, but that you’re saying we’re not waiting for it to look perfect. We’re not waiting for it to look a certain way. We’re just sabbathing in a way that works for the season of life that we’re in. I think that’s really, [00:26:00] really good that you guys aren’t letting it stop you.

Melanie: Well, and that is one of the things, I mean, I look back, you know, I didn’t do the 24 hour Sabbath. I, only started that at the end of February, early March of 2020, before that I was still trying a you know, the the midnight to midnight Sabbatb and you know, I think that was where, like I was getting frustrated and, and even once I started the 24 hour Sabbath it was a while later, before I realized the importance of the preparation day.

And so, I mean, yeah, like I’ve continued. And even beyond that, I know Growing up in the church. You know, you, you learn the 10 commandments and I don’t know, like, I feel like maybe it’s a common question as a kid. Like, Hey, why don’t we, you know, this is one of the conditions we practice that if, and, and the answer I was always [00:27:00] given was or what I remember always being told was that, you know, in the new Testament, all the other nine commandments are all reiterated and that one isn’t you know, isn’t viewed as a command. I like what you said earlier, it’s, you know, it’s a gift wrapped in a command. I’m not a theologian. I, I’m not going to speak to the command-ness of it. I can only speak to the gift has been to me.

In Mark, Jesus says, you know, Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. And so that’s how I see it.

Rachel: I almost look at the passage. Oh, there it is. It was reiterated right there. How do we just dismiss this? Maybe it’s not explicitly said in the way that you think it is, it’s more of a refining it and saying, Hey, you guys have wandered away from what it was supposed to be. It was supposed to be a gift. It was supposed to be an invitation to just play with God [00:28:00] and hang out with him and spend time with him and gain physical, emotional spiritual rest.

Melanie: I do remember points in my life, you know, when I was in college, I remember trying to avoid doing homework on Sundays and I usually didn’t have the foresight to do that. But I remember certain times when I’m like, wait until after midnight on Sunday night to do my homework, it was college.

This is something like on some level, you know, somewhere in my mind, it’s something I’ve seen as valuable. But it’s only really been within the past few years. Like I said, that shift from like trying to avoid working too, like committing to, Hey, let’s let’s not, let’s let’s actively work so that I don’t work and that I can rest.

Rachel: Oh, I love that let’s actively work so that we don’t have to work and we can rest. I love that so [00:29:00] much. Oh, my goodness. I could just keep talking to you about this. I love talking about Sabbath with other moms, especially moms with littles, because I know just how hard it is to make it work and fit it in.

And I think what I hope our listeners today gather from this conversation is that to just start practicing it in a way that works for your family in the season of life. Like don’t dismiss it, make it easy on yourself. Think about it as like in just a day to enjoy and what are some ways that your kids can enjoy it too. And how can they enjoy it in a way that takes some of the pressure off of you. And so working those details out, thinking creatively, maybe having snacks for dinner, all those are really great and wonderful tips. And so I just thank you so much, Melanie, for being just so open and generous with the way that you’re talking about your practice and, and what [00:30:00] it looks like in your life.

 Before we go, I know you’re a writer and I know you’re a very talented writer. And so I would love for people to be able to connect with you if they have more questions about what it looks like as a mom, of littles to Sabbath, or just to follow your work. So where could they connect with you?

Melanie: Well at first, I just want to say thank you. I’ve really enjoyed this conversation as well. Sabbath just isn’t something I necessarily talk about a lot, but it kind of thing that I am, I am actually passionate about. So I’ve really enjoyed this conversation as well. And it’s just been great talking with you about that.

On Facebook I am an author, Melanie Z on Instagram. It is Melanie dot Zeeb and on Twitter, it is Mel Zeeb.

Rachel: Everybody go follow her. You’re going to want to she is a novelist and she’s creating some wonderful stories for us. [00:31:00] I can’t wait till we get to read them. Melanie, can we close our time together in prayer?

Melanie: Yeah, definitely.

Rachel: Alright, father God, thank you so much for Melanie and thank you for her willingness to share what it looks like to Sabbath in her week. Lord, thank you for the wisdom she has shared with us. Thank you for the tips.

Thank you for just the way that she has just been so generous with her time and with the information she has to share. And thank you that you have given us this gift that’s wrapped up in a commandment. I pray that our listeners today would walk away from this episode, walk away from this conversation with a desire to actively work so they don’t have to work.

I just love that so much. It’s a reframing of why it is that we work those six days. It’s just a reframing of the way that we view work and rest. That we seek to work those six days so that we can enjoy the [00:32:00] seventh with you Lord. And so thank you so much for this conversation.

 Lord, I ask that you bless each one of those listeners who have tuned in with us today. I ask that you bless Melanie and her family. Lord, we just ask all these things in your precious and holy name. Amen.

Well, Melanie, thank you again for joining us. I really do appreciate it. And thank you for listening into today’s episode. I’ll meet back with you next week. As we continue this conversation about what it means to resist, hurry, and embrace rest. Bye.

Hey, I just want to say thank you for joining me for today’s conversation. I know many things demand your attention. I don’t take lightly the privilege it is to share your time. I want to make things as easy and simple for you. So I’ve linked to all the resources mentioned in the episode in the show notes, and you can always find the link and more helpful information on my website, www.rachelfahrenbach.com.[00:33:00]

As we say our goodbyes, let me remind you that what we’re talking about in this podcast is not just another thing to add to your to-do list. This is not another expectation for you to live up to. It is a gift out stretched from the hand of your creator. An invitation to press pause on walking alongside Jesus in all the things He’s called you to do. And instead the down, across from Him and just be with Him.

It is an invitation to Simply Sabbath.

Resources

 

The Common Rule

(I mistakenly called the book the Uncommon Rule  in the episode)

Now What?

If you want to implement a Sabbath practice but don’t know where to begin, check out the free guide: The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Simple Family Sabbath.

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I help busy moms add a simple, rest-filled family Sabbath to their week. If that sounds like something you want for your week, but don’t know where to start, grab this free how-to resource: The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Simple Family Sabbath.

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