Every Friday, here at Bell Homestead, we are busy preparing for the Sabbath and one of our many chores is ours animals and garden. I used to have our family clean the stalls and tidy up on Sunday, but I decided to change things up a bit, (as seems I to do much of), and make our Homesteading Work Day the day before Sabbath.
One of the reason is to Honor His Day and to REST,and not be over loaded with work. That is why the day BEFORE Sabbath is called Preparation Day We work so much during the week and have our hands in many fires, sometimes literally,, and I would rather have Sabbath be a day of REST for us all. Even our four and two legged critters. Now mind you, if their water is low in their trough or an aminal is injured, I will make sure they are taken care of. Kinda like the “donkey in the ditch”
The Creator gave us specific instructions in The Torah for us to “shema” hear and obey. Let me back it up with Scripture..
Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.” 1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome,
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
The list goes on..GOOGLE it..I just did! :) As Torah disciples of the Messiah. I choose to honor Him in the way He instructed. It is a joy to do so.
Well back to the blog here:
So today was no exception. We pruned trees, cleaned stalls, gathers eggs, tended to the garden and even played with the dog. Well Serun, our Armenian Gampr LGD always gets petted and played with..a bit spoiled, should I say.?
It was a busy and productive day. Now comes the Sabbath rest, much needed after this family together worked hard!
Shabbat Shalom to those of you who choose to honor The King!
Shalom, Mama Bell
My youngest got busy with cleaning and sweeping stalls..Look at them cute feet!
Making sure Barucha and Matzia bedding was well tending to for the coming night. And a little hay snack was a added treat!
Fresh eggs from this mornings gathering!
Credit where credit is due. Our laying hens. THANK you ladies!
Life spring forth..Future Spring garden cabbage.
Papa Bell trimming our orchard of Jujubee trees.
Hard working man. Cute too!
Oh, and did I mention CHOCOLATE? Well, that is our Sabbath desert!
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