Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sabbath Observance

We are a family that regularly practices keeping the sabbath holy. Some of the things that we have found helpful as we seek to set the day apart as a special day devoted to the Lord are to wake up to christian music (focusing our minds upon God) such as Steve Green's Hide Em' In Your Heart volume 1 and 2 for children. We then have our own personal worship, get dressed, eat breakfast, and go and hear dad preach. After worship service and during lunch we discuss the sermon and sometimes use this as a time for practicing hospitality. We all work together to clean up and then have family worship by reading our Bibles, praying, and reciting our memory verses and then rest time for 2 hours. At that time my husband and I will either listen to a sermon together or read individually (currently I am going through G.I. Williamson's Study Guide of the Westminster Confession of Faith) or read a book together, currently it is Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges. At that time the older children can read individually the Bible or a christian biography or listen to music or write a letter. After the children wake up we watch a Moody science video or a Creation Museum video together and then spend time talking about it together. When the weather is nice we will go on a long walk together and talk about God's wonderful creation or play a game together or just sing hymns together. Finally, we eat dinner and then have an evening time of family worship in which we will then recite catechism questions, read our Bible, and pray together. We then send the children up to bed to listen to music and read their Bibles. We make this a special day and the children look forward to the Lord's Day each week.

Today was extra special because my sweet husband performed his very first baptism on a dear lady whom we have spent the past 6 months disciplining. Her entire family got to be present and got to hear a clear presentation of the Gospel. We are praying that it will take root in their lives and that they would repent of their sins and place their trust in Christ alone for salvation. In the next few posts I will write more about her and show a picture of this special baptism.

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