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The Sabbath- One Holy Day in Seven

“In keeping the Sabbath Day holy, we reserve one day in seven as His. It is our privilege to consecrate time to Him who lends us life each day.” –Russell M. Nelson

The Sabbath is truly my one day in seven where I can renew, recommit, and repent. How better I feel when I keep His day holy and observe it as the Lord intended.

It is not a day of play…a day of pajama wearing…a day to do “thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure” (Isaiah 58: 13-14). The Holy Sabbath is a day set aside by God to honor Him, humble ourselves, take a good look at our priorities, and then change what needs to be changed.  As we obey these principles of the Sabbath Day, we will be promised sweet simple blessings from a merciful God who loves each one of us and that defy all of our expectations.

The scriptures below say it MUCH better than I do.

I am so grateful for this one holy day in seven.

“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

(Isaiah 58:6)

“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the lord shall be thy rereward.”

“Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am.”

“…then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:”

“And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.”

(Isaiah 58: 8-11)

An Early Morning Lesson

Even though I was tired, I got out of bed at 4:30 am and decided to read.

I grabbed a book that I don’t usually read and found this inspiring quote that is helping me process these past hard months and look forward with faith and hope.

Marta Speidel penned this during WW II, but her words felt as if she were describing my last two months.  She  went through darker and more dramatic trials than I or my family ever have and for a much longer duration. Nonetheless, her words comforted and strengthened me this morning.

“The past five years have been difficult ones, and we have become very humble.  Our trust in the Lord and our testimony of his church have been our pillar of strength.  He has kept us mercifully, and although there was much to suffer, he has given to us a measure of his strength.  Some of us have lost all our earthly possessions, every tangible thing ever dear to us, and when we say ‘It is better to walk with God in the darkness than without Him in the light,‘ we know where of we speak…with joy we sing the songs of Zion and put our trust in the Lord.  He maketh all things well.”  (Marta Speidel, “Daughters in My Kingdom”, p 76)

How true are her words as she acknowledges God in giving her “a measure of his strength”, and by putting her “trust in the Lord”, “He maketh all things well.”  During our long and dark days, God will always be there for us.  He has promised to never leave us. The problem is, we leave Him. Sometimes because our trials are heavy and stressful, we lose our faith and hope in Him as we are in the heat of the struggle. We become tired, exhausted, and it seems easier to just drift farther away into despair and fear then to paddle with all we have towards faith and hope.

This scripture has also reminded me to keep my faith in the Lord and to trust Him to help me stay the course.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; For I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”  (Isaiah 41:10)

And to end, I just found this quote by George Q. Cannon as I was searching my journal. This needs to be emboldened on my bathroom mirror so I can see it EVERY single day to remind me that “fiery” trials will not consume me as I trust in God. Any struggle will be for my good and purify the “natural man” in me that I  stubbornly cling to.

“No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, [God] will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character. He is an unchangeable being; the same yesterday, the same today, and He will be the same throughout the eternal ages to come. We have found that God. We have made Him our friend, by obeying His Gospel; and He will stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them, if we only trust in our God and keep His commandments”. (“Remarks,” Deseret Evening News, Mar. 7, 1891, 4; see also Jeffrey R. Holland, “Come unto Me,” Ensign, Apr. 1998, 16–23)

portrait-of-christ-carl-bloch-205065-galleryPortrait of Christ–Carl Bloch

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