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Nicole Staples | Sep 09, 2014

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Alright ladies, we have winners to announce! The winners for a signed copy of a Breathe leader kit are…..
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A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that shared how they practice #sabbathmargin within their life. We’ve had an overwhelming response and wanted to share a few examples with you all. Enjoy!

As my boys are in middle school and high school now events crowd our calendar but we try to carve out at least 3 family dinners a week. Just time to sit, eat, talk and be together. They may not always be the fanciest dinners but we are together. With my husband, we try to always go to bed at the same time and take time to pray together over so many different things. It is nice to end our day together in prayer.


I’m only 23, so I don’t have a family of my own yet, but I go to school and I coach softball at a local high school. I have the proverbs 31 miniseries daily devotional sent to my phone every day and I take time during my day to read it. It may be when I first wake up, before practice, after practice, or right before bed. Whenever I read it, I try to see how I can turn it into a lesson on the field for the girls I coach. My absolute favorite thing to do is read a verse or listen to a song and draw a picture that correlates with it.


I have created margins by deciding on one ministry in my church that I am passionate about and serving in that one and letting myself say “no” to any others that I am asked to participate in. As a pastor’s daughter still attending her daddy’s church, I am asked to participate in a LOT of different ministries, and it got to a point where I was overwhelmed. Thankful for a husband who helps keep me accountable in this area because I am a pleaser and it’s hard to say no sometimes.


I schedule time alone every Monday morning at my favorite coffee shop while my son is at school and my husband is at work. I also use the time while waiting for my son at football practice to walk while listening to worship music or a podcast or pray as I walk. I’ve learned I have to be intentional and make the time or it won’t happen.


Our family has tried to be very diligent to make Sunday our Sabbath. We make sure all dishes and laundry are done- house picked up on Saturday night. Sunday is a day for us to just “breathe” and enjoy one another without the worry of household chores. It has helped our family so much to “regroup” on Sunday and just enjoy one another. It is always an anchor to know no matter how busy our week is – Sunday is coming!


I make 10-14 freezer meals every other month. It has been a way to create margin on those days when life becomes too much.


Boundaries and margins have always been a challenge for me. One thing I have learned is that I am just as important as the people I place on my calendar and to help me keep proper perspective in my life, I have had to write myself in as an appointment. This way when someone needs me to do something I can check my schedule and notice I cannot that day I have an appointment. This was not as easy as it sounds because I first had to realize my personal time was just important as any other meeting that was on my calendar and unchangeable.

We hope you’ve enjoyed just a small sample of examples.  If you’d like to read more, you may view them here!

Have a wonderful day!

– Going Beyond Team