Surrender to Sabbath

Joy ~ at Ditchingham


How do you further rest

a body constrained, confined?

How can I still continual thoughts

racing through a brain-fogged mind?

My life lived slow as slow can be

due to chronic illness and M.E

It’s work sometimes to rise from bed

converse, listen to words being said

Yet I know space must be found

a clearing, sacred holy ground

Time as sacrificial offering

willingly yielded up to Him

A stilling of body, mind and soul

where brokenness can be made whole

Bringing the shards of a fractured life

laying down anxiety, worry and strife

So here I am, Lord, on this day

to freely give myself away

knowing You see my open heart

and lovingly care for every part

Desiring to enter a Sabbath rest

and live my life as You see best

I’m eager to listen and to hear

Lord, won’t You please draw near?


Grateful for words flowing today after a break where health has been more challenging than usual.

Linking with Jennifer Dukes Lee at The High Calling to share Sabbath stories. You are warmly invited to join in.

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9 thoughts on “Surrender to Sabbath

    • Thank you, Shelly! I feel better when inspiration and words begin to flow again after focus, concentration and energy have been low. The worst times are when I feel too ill to read, never mind write anything. God is so good. He blesses me with words when I am weary. 🙂 x

  1. Dear Joy
    I understand this cry of your heart, dear friend. The one thing this illness has enabled me to do and that is to daily live in the Living, Resurrected Sabbath. We cannot survive otherwise!! I hope you have a good day today as you draw close to our Pappa.
    Blessings XX

    • Dear Mia, I love the way you express how we are equipped during weakness to “daily live in the Living Resurrected Sabbath.” Yes and Amen! God’s restoring, renewing power released in us as we turn to Him each day for grace to live in such a way as to bring glory to His Name and be a blessing to others, even as we are afflicted by debilitating weakness and pain.
      It’s lovely to see you here, my friend. Every time you visit you impart the sweetness of His Presence and a word to sustain. I take it as a hopeful sign of improvement in your own health that you are writing and visiting other blogs again. Blessings of increasing health and strength to you. Xx

  2. Thank you so much for joining the Sabbath journey @ The High Calling. Your words help me breathe. I hope you’re feeling better today, friend. I’m sure it’s a day-by-day issue, but today, I am praying restoration over you.

    (LOVED your photo. Pinned it!)

    • Hi Jennifer. I’m grateful there are words to share and some inspiration is returning. It lifts me to think that these words have spoken to and blessed you. Thank you so much for stopping by to offer encouragement! Your kind thoughts and prayers are truly valued as I battle to recover some strength again. God bless you, friend. 🙂 x

  3. I was walking in Gland Switzerland when I came across an ancient gnarled olive tree looking dead, worn down by time, limbs cut off, rather ragged.
    But when I looked carefully, old rough branches were sprouting, tiny green buds of growth, full of promise and potential.

    Psalm 52, 8-9.

    But I am like an olive tree,
    Flourishing in the house of God.
    I trust in God’s unfailing love
    For ever and ever.

    For what you have done
    I will always praise you
    In the presence of your faithful people,
    And I will hope in your name
    For your name is good

    • Hello Brian. What a lovely inspiring Bible verse! Thank you for sharing and reminding me of God’s ability to bring forth new life from old and promise and potential from what seems lost. God bless you. 🙂

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