TIPS To Help Prepare For The SABBATH Day.

Shabbat Shalom

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By: Sisters in Christ

“Do not let your adorning be external — the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear — but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”1 Peter 3:3-4

Shabbat Shalom Sisters.

I realize how important is for us to organize our week with the sabbath day in mind. I wish I knew this since the beginning but God is good. 

When my family first started keeping Shabbat that was a bit overwhelming for me as a mom of a newborn, but today God blessed us with 3 children and I have been learning so many different ways to keep it simple. 

Here are a few tips that we’ve learned during our journey, if we apply this in our routine I believe we will have a peaceful Shabbat, not an overwhelming Friday.

The key is to prepare ahead for Shabbat. 

Having a plan can alleviate the stress of ‘it’s-Friday-afternoon-and-I’m-not-ready.’ 

We as wives, moms, sisters. We have a lot of things on our plate to take care of.

Here are some of the most important things that usually we are responsibly for: 

  1. Grocery + Cook. 
  2. Clean the house. 
  3. Take care of the family clothes.

So, with that in mind let us see some tips that will help us be ready for a Shabbat shalom.

TIPS TO HELP PREPARE FOR THE SABBATH DAY

1. Grocery + Cook. 

  • 1. Create a Shabbat Menu. Creating a Shabbat Menu is very helpful. How does this work? 

First, think about what your family really enjoys eating especially the little ones. Make a list of the meals for each member of the family.

In the photo below we have an example of the list mentioned below. 

  • Create 4 different Menus, one for each week of the month with the easiest meal of the list above.

Obs.:Let we have balanced healthy meals with protein, carbs, vitamins, etc. 

Example. I can not give my children cereal all day because is easy and they like it. 🙂I think you get it. 

Here is an example of my family chart: 

Great now we can repeat this for each month, making some adjustments between each season of your life.

Children’s appetite chance so probably you will need to change the menu but now you have the formula. 

Obs.: If we cook a little be more quantities of food we can have let over for Saturday night or freeze and eat during the week. 🙂

  • With our Sabbath Menu ready, when we go to do groceries, we can take the list of the ingredients that we need to prepare the sabbath meals and buy them ahead. Usually, I do grocery on Wednesday, so on Thursdays evenings I can prepare some of my meals + challah, and finish the meals on Friday around 3p. 

Well done. Let us go to the next mission. 

2. Clean the house. 

  • Make it easy, after cooking, clean it, do not let your dishes multiple. 

Is very helpful to do all the dishes the day before the Sabbath – and make sure the dishwasher is empty, too. That way my family can just pop their dishes into the washer throughout the day. This avoids a messy sink. 

  • Use glass, Pyrex-type containers. Having Shabbat foods stored in glass, oven-proof containers makes things easier in a couple of ways. These can double as serving dishes and after our meal, we can put the lid back on and store it, without any extra cleanup. If we want a warm meal you can use insert pans on the Instant Pot, so after finishing the sabbath dinner on Friday we can store the meal in this pot, put it on the refrigerator, and on Saturday you add on the instant pot on the warm setting, and well done. We made it.  
  • Make note of anything that needs to be done before Shabbat. If you are a list writer, jot down what for sure needs done ahead of time. Not just meal prep for the Sabbath, also consider library books to be returned. Are you low on diapers or medication? Having it written down can help us check off the things that God helped us to get done, “the feeling of accomplishment is a blessing”. 
  • I try to do a little housework every day except the Sabbath. This keeps the laundry and other cleanings under control so I don’t feel stressed about it on the Sabbath.

3. Take care of the family clothes. 

Set out the Sabbath day’s clothes for everyone in the family a day ahead of time – ideally on Thursdays, so if needed, you have time to do laundry. If you have little ones, separate extra changes, put the diapers bag together, and change the diapers trash is something that you can take care of ahead of.

Let us strive to be ready Sisters. Do not forget to enjoy the process. 

I hope this message can encourage you in your own journey.

HOW DID GOD DESIGN SABBATH AND WHAT DOES HE EXPECT OF US?

Shabbat Shalom

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By: Sisters in Christ

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9

Shabbat Shalom Sisters.

 

Let us read some verses that help us understand God’s heart about sabbath day.

I believe the most important thing that we can do now is pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us to the truth of the word of God. In this post, we will share some of the verses that helped us understand God’s heart about keeping the Sabbath day. 

Genesis 2:3 – And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Exodus 20:8-11 – Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy(to keep it Holy is an expectation of God, is a day for us deeply nourish our soul). Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God:( the sabbath of the LORD thy God, a separate day to deeply connect with him) in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:(Anyone should work this day and also we should not make anyone work for you) 11For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Exodus 31:1516

Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death(here we see God’s judgment for those do not obey his will). Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. (we are the children of Israel, Praise God for that, and this is a sign of our covenant, also is for forever).

Deuteronomy 5:12-15

Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it(God will guide you how you can sanctify this day, some people fast/pray, others take a good portion of the time to read the word of God, worship him, etc), as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. 

Isaiah 58:13 – If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:(this verse makes clear that is not a day for us pursue our on pleasures).

Ezekiel 20:12-24 – Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. 

Matthew 5:17-19Jesus says; Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (Jesus fulfill God’s commandments, Jesus also kept the Sabbath).

Matthew 12:8 Jesus says; For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

Luke 23:56 – And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment. (“And they returned” = The 11 disciples)

Luke 4:16 – And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. (Jesus expended time reading the book of the prophet Esaias).

Luke 13:14  – And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day(healed is a spiritual work and we should never neglect work to God), and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. (the people did not comprehend why Jesus was working in this day, but they were not spiritually guiding).

 “God Is Omniscient, Omnipresent, OmnipotentPsalm 139.

It is amazing how God and his Son work in unity. Jesus as an obedient son fulfills God’s will. 

John 14:21 – Jesus says; “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” 

Sisters let us not be resistant to obey God’s commandment for being afraid or a shame, or any kind of feelings of “what the peoples will think about me if I start to obey God, nobody around me is doing this, do not be concerned about peoples opinions or judgments, God is our judge and He will be please of your obedience. 

Well, Sisters, we have a lot of verses that talk about the sabbath, we invite you to learn more about it, we believe this will edify you. 

Obs.: All underlined texts are my own observation.

Shabbat shalom Sisters. 

I hope this message can encourage you in your own journey. 

Our journey keeping the Sabbath day.

Shabbat Shalom

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By: Sisters in Christ

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14

Shabbat shalom Sisters. 

 

We would like to share our journey of keeping The Sabbath day.

Before that, let us see what “Shabbat shalom means.

This Greeting or departing line (hello or goodbye) “Shabbat shalom – Sabbath peace” is used on or during the few days leading up to Shabbat. Literally “peaceful Sabbath.”, but this greeting means far more than “have a peaceful and restful day.”

What we are really saying is: May you be restored to wholeness on the blessed Sabbath! Praise God for unity the children of Israel with an eternal shalom. Amen. 

What we will be sharing in this post. 

  • Our journey keeping the Sabbath day. 
  • How God designed this day and what he expected of us. 

Our journey keeping the Sabbath day. 

Well, it is important to mention that we did not grow up keeping the Sabbath day, the reality is we grew up with the understanding that “The law” is done with.

Today I can see how this wrong understanding deviates the people of God to walk in full fulfillment of his will but Praise to our Father to awaken us to his true word and will. 

When my family started keeping the Shabbat, we started to rest on Sundays, Why? Honestly, because we were doing the Christians traditional of “Sunday Church’s, but Praise to our Father for inlight us to understand that Sabbath = Saturday, well this is not so hard to understand but it’s hard to change.

Is hard when the peoples around you are not walking with the same understanding, amen and amen for God strength, we choose to obey God’s Holy day on the right day, I believe this was the first big change in this journey, first, we started to do something new as keep the sabbath and also we kept on the right day, been against what the brothers of the church follow.

Ok, rest means, rest doing everything that we would like to do for our own rest, so, in the beginning, we used the sabbath to go to different places like, beach, eat out, meet friends, and hang out, cook nice meals at home, etc.

But God gave us specific instructions about how and what to do on this day, so after continuing learning how to keep this day as God designed we realize that we were not fulfilling exactly what he wants for us, his people, the children of Israel. ❤️

I hope this message can encourage you in your own journey.