What is Sabbath Rest?
Sabbath rest is a gift from God to observe a weekly day of rest from work. It is to be kept holy by delighting in God through worship, prayer, recreation, and meaningful time with others. Sabbath rest is also making time for daily Sabbath Moments with God. It is a choice. A taste of eternity.
Why practice Sabbath rest?
Being obedient to this Biblical command allows us to separate from worldly distractions and to focus on God. Sabbath rest, along with daily Sabbath Moments provide spiritual, mental, and physical healing while we learn how to be present with God and others.
During non-summer months, our ministry focuses on providing a sacred space for healing, quiet discernment, spiritual renewal and Christian fellowship. We hope that both individuals and small retreat groups will experience opportunities for healing at Glory Ridge through all the beautiful months of fall, winter, and spring. Children’s Home retreats, church picnics, and weekend service project groups bless us with their presence each year. Our vision is to expand this ministry even further. We look forward to welcoming church leadership teams, musicians, and counselors to use Glory Ridge for their unique work and worship in the world. We are eager also to host individuals, couples, and families simply seeking quiet in God’s splendid creation in order to hear God’s voice more clearly.
From our Sabbath Ministry Team
We, the Ministry Team desire...
To introduce people to Christ and help them grow in their relationship with Him. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
To teach how God’s command to take weekly Sabbath rest is God’s precious gift, a “spiritual delight” for his children. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God...For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:8-11
“And he said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27
To teach men and women to walk with God through daily “Sabbath Moments.” The healing of the soul, body, and relationships is the natural consequence of God’s presence through the Holy Spirit with and within us. “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
To teach true Sabbath rest and walking with God while living it out ourselves. “... that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9-10
A Busy, Unhurried Life
In this two-part podcast, Ransomed Heart Ministries shares that although our lives are busy - they don't have to be hurried. John and Allen discuss how to eliminate hurry and create space for soul care.
And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.
… Vital to every soul that needs healing (all of us) is the knowledge that God is absolutely good, and that He loves us with the kind of love capable of radically changing us. 
It is an awesome thing to be the object of God’s love. His love is active and skillful, consuming and mighty. He discloses Himself, and in the process breaks up our misrepresentations and heals our fears. Wonderful freedom comes to those who place themselves utterly in His hands. Yet the enemy prowls about, conjuring up dark illusions in a relentless effort to dissuade us from our God. Too often we hold back, wary of what God might do with us if we abandoned all else and yielded to Him fully. Still, He is good. To every seeker who opens the scriptures, to every needy soul who lifts their eyes to Him, our loving God imparts true symbols, true knowledge of His character, His ways, even His name. It is His holy desire that all would confess, “He loved me and gave Himself for me.”
PRAYER: Gracious Father, we thank you for pursuing us in Your love. We thank you for desiring relationship with us, and for giving Your Son that we might know you truly and wholly. Thank You that Your Spirit is already at work within us. Release in us greater courage and trust that we might lay down every reservation and be cleansed of every confusion. Increase our desire to know You in Your absolute goodness. You are worthy of all honor and glory and praise, now and forever.
These words of encouragement is provided by Ministries of Pastoral Care
 Leanne Payne, The Healing Presence (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 1995), p. 132.
Painting: Václav Mánes, 1832, Healing the Blind Man, [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons
First Things First
For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. Galatians 5:6 The Message
Doing things for God is not the same thing as loving God. Jesus loves the poor - so movements have arisen that make service to the poor the main thing. The latest craze is justice - so we rush off to the corners of the globe to fight for justice and leave Jesus behind. We actually come to think that service for Jesus is friendship with him. That’s like a friend who washes your car and cleans your house but never goes anywhere with you - never comes to dinner, never wants to take a walk. But he or she is a “faithful” friend. Though you never talk.
How many children have said, “My dad worked hard to provide for us but all I ever really wanted was his love?”
This is one more cunning ploy of the religious to keep you from the intimacy with Jesus that will heal your life. And change the world. You’re not meant to merely love his teaching, his morals, his kindness, or his social reforms. You’re meant to love the man himself, know him intimately, keep this as the first and foremost practice of your life. It’s fact that people most devoted to the work of the Lord actually spend the least amount of time with him. First things first. Love Jesus.
Jesus, I need you. I need your life and your love. I give my life to you.
Excerpt from Restoration Year, John Eldredge