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“A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week.”

Henry Ward Beecher

God created the world in six days and then rested on the seventh. The fifth commandment tells us to keep the Sabbath day holy. The word Sabbath comes from the Hebrew word Shabbat, which means “to stop” or “to cease.”

Find a way to stop and cease from everyday life today. Attend a church service, take a leisurely nap, and spend time praying and seeking God. One of my favorite Sabbath practices involves praying over my calendar for the upcoming week. I love to write out my meetings in my journal and lift them to the Lord, asking for His blessing and favor on them. Trusting God’s guidance, I ask Him not to let me miss any divine appointments and to make any changes He wants to my schedule.

Make today the most joyous day of the week as you take a break from fasting and rejoice in the Sabbath.

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