Description: In today’s fast-paced world, keeping a Sabbath can seem impossible. Where do we find the time to rest? How does Sabbath work in a life filled with notifications? Enter Shelly Miller, an expert Sabbath Keeper and author of the popular book Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World. Shelly takes us through Sabbath Keeping 101 and tells us how her journey began with cleaning up Christmas decorations, how Sabbath Keeping helps us offer hospitality, and why napkins can help us celebrate. And stay tuned to the end of the episode, when Shelly and Kristin dish on their favorite one-pot and slow cooker meals!
Our guest today is Shelly Miller, an American ex-pat living in London.
Shelly is a veteran ministry leader and a sought-after mentor on Sabbath Keeping. She leads the Sabbath Society, which is an online community of people who want to make rest a priority. The Sabbath Society’s a group of thousands of people who are declaring “I’m all in” when it comes to making rest realistic in our busy, crazy, frenetic, fast-paced world. And now it has turned into the very popular book Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World.
Shelly is a dear friend of mine, and I have been a Sabbath Keeper for a long time. Shelly and I have bonded over everything in life, but mostly over Sabbath and hospitality and faith, and what it means to work those out in our everyday lives. And so you’re going to learn so much from her today. She is just a wealth of information.
And if you don’t really know what Sabbath is, that’s okay! Shelly is going to just take us through Sabbath Keeping 101 and share practical tips on why this is such a powerful rhythm in our daily lives and how it impacts our ability to offer hospitality.
Kitchen Segment: Pulled Pork Mojito Tacos
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Mojito Tacos
Provencal Beef Stew
Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
Slow Simmered Meat Sauce
Slow Cooker Chicken Mushroom Pot Pie
Chicken Verde Soup
Slow Cooker Tuscan White Bean Soup
“I think more than how we Sabbath, how we rest, when we rest, and how long we rest, Jesus wants our eye contact. It’s about being with Him. Sabbath is about setting time apart to be with Jesus in a way that is different than you’re with Him during the other days of the week.”
“ I think step number one [on how to Sabbath] is to be intentional and prepare ahead of time. I just find in the Sabbath Society over and over again, it’s the number one thing that keeps people persevering and making rest realistic in their lives. If you prepare ahead, chances are you’re going to Sabbath.”
“I can’t think of a better thing to do for us to share with our kids, spend time with Jesus, abide with Jesus once a week in a way that helps you really hear His voice and know how to walk.”
“I think Sabbath and hospitality go hand in hand, because it’s all about being present, right? When we think about Sabbath, we’re thinking about being present and inviting the presence of God, making eye contact with God in a really intentional, focused way, in the same way we’re doing when we invite people into our lives at the table.”
“Sabbath is as much a heart condition as it is a timeframe. And doesn’t that sound a lot like hospitality? That hospitality is as much a heart condition as it is something we do. It’s who we are.”