The Sabbath Box

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At yesterday’s women’s retreat, we learned that Sabbath is a Hebrew word that means “cessation” and spent the day talking and reflecting on ways to make more Sabbath time in our busy, fast-paced lives. My favorite new idea is to use a “Sabbath box” to formalize a time–whether an hour, an afternoon, or a day–for rest and renewal. One way to use the Sabbath box is to put actual items in it, such as your cell phone (a break from electronic demands) or car keys (a break from running errands). Another way is to put your to-do list in the box until you are refreshed and ready to tackle it again. A third way is to list your cares and worries on strips of paper and place them the box, giving yourself permission to put them aside for the time being. Then go for a walk, take a nap, read a book, listen to music, create something, write in your journal, pray, spend time with a friend or loved one . . . whatever brings you peace and joy. Any box will do!Β β™₯

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  1. Yes! I was gathering different types of boxes from home to display at the retreat, and I took one off the wall, the basket that Aaron and Shannon brought us from Hawaii (photo 4). Photo 1 is extra special, too . . . a box my mother made out of clay . . . and Aaron made the one in photo 11 in high school woodworking class . . . they all have a story. πŸ™‚

  2. This is such a great idea. I think many people would benefit from this – taking some time to regenerate is sometimes hard to remember to do – untill we are in such a need that the time to recuperate takes much longer.

    And symbolising the rest with a pretty box – that really is a nice reminder.

    • Thank you! My favorite is the first one . . . my mother made it of clay, so it’s very special to me. Now if I would only be better about using it! Blessings to you! πŸ™‚

  3. I just got back on, I sewed me a snood, I do not care too much for it like I do my veils πŸ˜€
    Love the boxes, all are beautiful…
    How is your week going?

    Blessings, Renee

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