Welcome to the Cafe…

sab-bath /ˈsabəTH/noun;  a day of rest.

Hi there, thanks for stopping by.  I started writing as a way to process my spiritual journey.  During that time, I was drawn to the idea of rest.  That’s when the title, “Sabbath Cafe,” came to me.  As sabbath is meant to be a time for rest and restoration, I hope this blog will bring peace and vitality to all who visit.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

Your spiritual barista,
Michele

Bob, The Grasshopper

A friend shared something that brought a smile to my face today. I hope it encourages you too.

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I hope everyone is doing okay, amidst everything that’s going on around the world right now.  I think the goal for me this year is just to survive through all this chaos.

I want to share a little encouragement to remind myself to keep going.  I hope it’ll remind you too.

Bob, the grasshopper

I want to tell you a story of a grasshopper; let’s call him “Bob”.  I found him on my windshield one morning when I got in the car.  My husband told me to just drive and he’ll leave.  So I drove, and Bob realize the wind was getting big as I saw his antenna fly like crazy.  I thought he would jump off the next time I came to a stop sign or traffic light, but nope; he held on.

When I got onto the highway, I worried he’d get blown off if he doesn’t fly…

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Podcast #107 Connecting with God in times of crisis

Like the rest of the world, we’ve been sheltering in place for over a week now. I felt tossed about in the storm, and overrun with fear. Where do I go from here?

Embracing Solitude – the art of being alone

I started thinking about this topic during the holiday season. The holidays are all about folks gathering and celebrating together. Ironically, I think that’s why it can make people more aware of being alone. In this social media age, “being alone” gets a bad reputation. I see many books and conferences about how to develop and find community, but not many books that explore the other side of reality – of being alone. Being alone and feeling alone are different. One can be physically alone, and still feel content. On the other hand, even when surrounded by family and friends, one can still feel isolated and disconnected.

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Podcast #106 My Experience in Replacing Anxiety with Peace

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I started a simple 10 day program last year on learning to rest in God. A year later, I’m still working through the lessons. 😀 Decided to share some of my experiences here in podcast 6. Enjoy!

I’ve put together a simple Peace meditation scripture worksheet. You can download here: Peace meditation worksheet.

If you’re curious about the free “Rest Immersion” program I joined, you can visit here: “The Life-Changing Power of Rest: A 12 Day Immersion” by Brilliant TV*.

*Please note that I’m not affiliated with nor sponsored by Brilliant TV. My opinions are my own; for information purposes only. Please visit Brilliant TV with discretion. Thank you!

Podcast #105 How my anxiety affected my perspectives

Pod-logo-aqua-square-3000x3000-medium-qtyThe title sounds really serious… but this podcast is really just about my latest silly, *facepalm* / “Homer Simpson” moment… I promise, it’ll make you feel much better about your day. 😉

Processing Through Regrets

What I find challenging about the feeling of regret is that I can’t change the past. What is done is done. I don’t know about you, but I have a bad habit of repeating these memories in my mind. Every time I remembered the situation, it stirred up the feelings of shame and disappointment. Recently, I’ve been learning a new way to respond to these feelings of regret. And it’s very simple – let go of the past and move forward. 🙂 Yep. It’s that simple… but simple doesn’t mean it’s easy. When a friend first said that to me, it was really hard for me to receive. The feeling of regret is usually accompanied by guilt, and I could not let go of the guilt for some reason.

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Podcast #104 Working through creative blocks

Pod-logo-aqua-square-3000x3000-medium-qtyI’ve been pretty quiet on my blog these last few months. I blame it on taxes, birthdays and just life in general.  On top of that, I was stuck in a creative “quick sand.”  Here’s what I learned from working through my creative blocks.

My Anniversary Reflection

This year will be my fifteenth wedding anniversary.  Yep. That’s right. Fifteen years. It is hard for me to fathom the fact that I’ve been in a relationship or even a friendship with someone for this long. Unlike most couples, I was the one who had an issue with commitment when we got engaged.  It’s not that I didn’t love my husband, but the sheer enormity of a lifetime commitment simply blew my mind. My husband, Mr. J, had no such concerns. Even though we’ve only known each other for a short time, as an intuitive visionary, he can already see us together for the long haul. Our differences were quite obvious even back then.

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My Creative Beginning

I didn’t discover my gift of painting until my early 40’s. As a child, I didn’t enjoy drawing. Reading was my choice of pass time. Art classes at school always stressed me out because I was pretty bad at it compared to my classmates. I didn’t have an aesthetic sense about color either. Let’s just say that my high school friends often commented on my interesting choice of wardrobe. Yet, in spite of these negative experiences, I’ve developed into a painter in the last few years. This past Christmas season, I finally felt confident enough to give away a few paintings as Christmas gifts. My families were pleasantly surprised when they received these presents. However, no one was more surprised than me about my hidden artistic gift.

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Podcast #103 – Time for Self-Care – the importance of personal downtime

Pod-logo-aqua-square-3000x3000-medium-qtyHolidays can be wonderful yet overwhelming. This year, I invite you to give yourself the gift of self-care, and schedule in some downtime to recharge.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a great 2019!