Every time we undergo a change in our lifestyle, it seems that we have to re-learn our priorities and how to manage our time. This process of developing ministry partners and preparing for Japan is no different. Over the last several months, we’ve been learning how to juggle our regular jobs, language learning, loads of administrative tasks, and meeting with people who are potential partners in our ministry. Needless to say, this can be quite exhausting – particularly when trying to give our best to both our regular jobs and preparing for Japan.

In university I was very good at balancing school and social activities with my need for a Sabbath rest – this is one day a week on which I would refrain from doing any work-related tasks, and just focus on spiritual things. Even when Peter was juggling two jobs over the past five years we were able to maintain a Sabbath rest. However, that rest had dropped off of our radar for awhile as our lives ramped up in the busyness of our preparations. However, we’ve recently realized the need for us to make this a priority again in our lives.

“The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27)

“Be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10)

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