Category Archives: Quotes

What’s Done Is Done

Originally posted at The Blue Room I use this quote in Sabbath in the Suburbs, and I have it posted on the bulletin board in my study. I try to let go of the unfinished work of my life when it … Continue reading

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More, More, More: A Sabbathy Call to Worship

        Originally posted at The Blue Room. My time at Myrtle Beach with First Presbyterian Church, Sumter SC, closed with a wonderful worship service, planned and led by the pastoral and music staff. I preached, but as is … Continue reading

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Busyness is Not a Virtue

Here’s one of the videos I use in group presentations on Sabbath in the Suburbs. (It’s also available as one of the Sabbath Supplementals study materials.) It’s short, just a couple of minutes, but usually enough to get people talking … Continue reading

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A Message That Makes it Worthwhile

I have a lot of fun talking to groups about the book, and sharing whatever wisdom I have to help people live a more abundant, spacious life. But it’s not always clear what kind of long-term impact these events have. … Continue reading

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The Liturgy of Parenting

An excerpt from Sabbath in the Suburbs: Even if you’re not a creature of habit like I am, a lot of parenting is painfully repetitive. I’ve heard that the average baby uses 6,000 diapers before becoming toilet trained. I ponder … Continue reading

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Sabbath as a Time for Balance

I love hearing from readers about the connections they make as they read Sabbath in the Suburbs. Like this tidbit I received via email: Reading the book also helped me recall a habit of Larry Hagman’s: One of his strangest habits, … Continue reading

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Be Like the Hill: A Quote from Wendell Berry

Somewhere along the way I got a free Kindle edition of The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry. I’ve been making my way through them very slowly… like, over a period of years. I love Wendell … Continue reading

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“Hakuna Matata” Your Way Through Advent

A quote from Renita Weems’s book Listening for God. It’s been kicking around my head this month, as I weigh getting things done with savoring the season: I will never be the writer I would have been had I not … Continue reading

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Sabbath Advice from Winnie the Pooh

One of the happy discoveries in my Sabbath adventure was the prophet Isaiah, who urges us to keep the Sabbath as a “delight.” This word opened up all kinds of possibilities for our family. Sabbath can be difficult to practice, … Continue reading

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Sabbath with Teenagers, Continued

Kerrie was in a group I led recently on the book, and she offers this wonderful comment on my post from last month about observing Sabbath with teens: …When the kids were small we had family Sabbath every Sunday but … Continue reading

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