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Women in Ministry - January/February 2008 Issue

Rest

Many women in ministry fail to experience regular sabbath rest that renews both body and soul. We work hard to keep our ministries and personal lives going, and to be honest, we usually feel behind on both fronts. Who has time to rest — especially when you’re busy doing the Lord’s work? And how do you take a day or set aside significant time to rest when you may, as a woman in ministry, preach, teach or conduct church business on the Sabbath Day?

Take a minute to answer the following questions:

  1. Do you regularly take a day off each week?
  2. If so, do you feel guilty for taking your regular day off when you know there is so much you need to do?
  3. Do you take a vacation each year?
  4. Do you feel guilty for sleeping in or taking a nap?
  5. Are you unable to remember the last time you opened your Bible, alone, without preparing to lead a Bible study or preach a sermon?

If you answered yes to two or more of the above questions, it’s possible you are not honoring God’s command to practice sabbath rest. We believe God intends sabbath to be a word of freedom, and we’re invited to claim it for our own lives — and ministries. Join us below as we discuss the challenges and rewards of observing sabbath rest.

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