Sabbath’s Rest to Delight

Here are two clips we watched on Sunday morning to consider how we might delight as a way of resting on Sabbath. We learned from Exodus 20 that we ought to rest as God rested in the creation story (Genesis 2.1-3). God’s rest at the beginning was a rest that included delighting!

Pure Joy on the Streets of Brighton and Madeline + Train.

If our lives are too busy so that we are too exhausted to dance and laugh and play on the Sabbath, then our lives are truly out of balance.

Women’s Work

Quick Trip to the line- Sharlene SmithThis week’s links are for women and the people who want to encourage and appreciate them.

Three books may be of interest to you if you are struggling to find contentment, value and purpose in the everyday of your life. Here are links to reviews and interviews with the authors:

Every woman’s work is sacred- even if it takes place in a board room. Read more from Susan DiMeckle and Working Women of the Bible: TImeless Mentors for Modern Women.

Finding joy isn’t in grand plans, but in little steps everyday. Read more about Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin.

Gloria Furman’s Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home reminds us that “bigger and better” isn’t what Jesus is actually calling us to. Read more in “Grace for the Not-Quite-Happy Homemaker.”

This post focuses on women who are in the workplace or at home and encourages them to consider how discipleship and faith in Jesus transforms their everyday.

Photo provided by Campbelltown City Council. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

Christmas is coming…

…and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Or is there?

This will be the only post for 2012 about Christmas, so rejoice and be glad!

Here’s a good reminder about what does– and doesn’t– bring actual joy by Tim Challies.

Tired of the Hallmark and Lifetime Channel’s Christmas movies? Try out some of these recommended films. The list is a couple of years old- have any other films made the cut since then?

Looking for a challenge this season? How about giving back with The High Calling’s Advent Challenge?

And here’s a real bonus: Simple Christmas resources galore from Becoming Minimalist.

This post gives ideas for families and adults for Christmas and advent. These resources encourage service, giving, reflection, building relationships and responsible movie watching.

Photo by tackyshack. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.