So Much More: Creating Space for God (Lectio Divina and Scripture Meditation)

So Much More: Creating Space for God (Lectio Divina and Scripture Meditation)

Jodie Niznik

S7 Ep 5B | Sabbath with Ruth Haley Barton (Spiritual Disciplines Series)

November 9, 2022   ●   36 min

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Ruth has spent over 20 years as a student, a practitioner and a leader in the area of Christian spirituality and spiritual formation.  She served on the staff of several churches before founding the Transforming Center, a ministry dedicated to creating space for God to strengthen the souls of leaders, equipping them to lead transforming communities.   She has authored several books including Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership and her newest book, Embracing Rhythms of Work and Rest: From Sabbath to Sabbatical and Back Again. You can purchase her newest book, which is the topic of this podcast, at the link above for 30% off and free shipping with the code MUCHMORE until 11.23.22

Some highlights from our conversation: We talk about Ruth’s personal experience with Sabbath and how she resisted practicing Sabbath for many years. We discuss the theology of Sabbath. We also talk about the practicalities of practicing Sabbath, setting up wise boundaries and making good choices for your Sabbath. Ruth warns us about one of the hard things that can come from Sabbath – having to deal with our pain and grief. But reminds us that this pain and grief needs to be moved through no matter what. Jesus often healed on the Sabbath, perhaps that’s what he’s inviting us into too.

Finally Ruth gives us her own personal account of what Sabbath has come to mean for her and her family.

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