WHY I took a Sabbatical year (and what I learned)

I just finished up a year-long #sabbatical and this is why I did it and what I learned in the process. This article is going to be about WHY I took a sabbatical year and next up in the queue I will cover HOW we pulled it off logistically without shutting down our business. First off, I am fully aware that most people will go their entire lives without taking a month-long sabbatical, let alone taking one for an entire year.

I am also aware that many people feel stuck or trapped with work to a point that they can’t even imagine taking off more than a week – I used to be one.

So please understand my heart in sharing this: I want to shine a light on our awesome God who made this impossible thing possible.

The entire thing was like watching a miracle unfold and I am forever grateful to have been along for the ride.

Our Sabbatical Year Miracle

Please watch this before diving into the rest of the article…

And one last thing before we dive in. This article is going to be about WHY I took a sabbatical year and in this article I cover HOW we pulled it off logistically without shutting down our business.


How I knew I needed a Sabbatical

In 2016 I spent most of the year working harder than I had ever worked and it was like I was going nowhere.

I felt like I was spinning my wheels. I felt like I was doing all the right things, but just wasn’t seeing much fruit.

And in late 2016 – for the first time since I began this business – I woke up on a Monday morning and was dreading going to work.

That was a wake-up call to me that something wasn’t right.

From the very beginning, I have loved this amazing business that God has allowed me to steward and while not every moment has been perfect, in general, I really love my work and look forward to what each day brings.

In my past, I have had some jobs that I have hated and I had to endure some for many years.

I will never forget how demoralized I felt when I was stuck doing work I hated with no way out. I never want my business to take me back to the same place.

In December of 2016, it dawned on me that this was what burn-out felt like and taking a break would be beneficial.

I was only a few weeks away from leaving for our month-long sabbatical (a trip we have taken for the past 5 years) so the timing couldn’t have been better.

I knew how refreshing that trip had been every year and that was going to be my saving grace.

Or so I thought.

A few weeks later we arrived in sunny Scottsdale, AZ and as usual, I completely disconnected from work.

But for some reason, I began to realize that something was different this year.

Before I knew it we were in the car on our way back to Nashville (with a few fun stops along the way).

Marfa, TX

What does sabbatical actually mean?

Shortly after we got back I was sitting at my desk thinking a bit about my goals for the rest of the year.

Right next to my desk I have a whiteboard that I write monthly goals on so that I can stay on task.

So far in 2017, I was right on track:

Sabbatical in February

As I stared at the February goal that I had just checked off I wasn’t sure if I had spelled “Sabbatical” correctly.

After all, it is a tough word to spell and I don’t exactly write it every day.

So I googled it.

Sabbatical definition

The first result was a Wikipedia article that confirmed that I had spelled it incorrectly. But before I had a chance to close the browser window, I read a little further into the article and quickly became fascinated by how they define a sabbatical and what it actually means.

Sabbatical Definition from Wikipedia

At this point, I didn’t even realize that the concept of a sabbatical was a Biblical idea (somehow it had never dawned on me that it was from the same root word as sabbath).

And, funny enough, it took Wikipedia to teach me about the Bible. 😉

How Wikipedia defines a sabbatical leave:

“Sabbatical or a sabbatical (literally a “ceasing”) is a rest from work or a break, often lasting from two months to a year. The concept of sabbatical has a source in Shmita, described in several places in the Bible. For example, in Leviticus 25, there is a commandment to desist from working the fields during the seventh year. Strictly speaking, this means a sabbatical would last one year.”

When I read that last line, it jumped off the page at me and it was the first hint that God used to direct me in this way.

The next step of the rabbit trail was reading more about the Shmita (mentioned above).

So I continued my Wikipedia Bible study 😉 with this Shmita entry (edited for brevity):

“The sabbath year, also called the sabbatical year is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle…

During Shmita, the land is left to lie fallow and all agricultural activity, including plowing, planting, pruning, and harvesting is forbidden… Other cultivation techniques (such as watering, fertilizing, weeding, spraying, trimming and mowing) may be performed as a preventive measure only, not to improve the growth of trees or other plants…

Chapter 25 of the Book of Leviticus promises bountiful harvests to those who observe the Shmita, and describes its observance as a test of religious faith…”

As I read this I remembered reading about how modern-day farmers that allowed their land to rest regularly had much better results than those who didn’t.

The theory being that the soil becomes depleted and the plants suffer and produce less fruit if the land is continuously farmed without a rest period.


This was sounding quite familiar to what I was seeing in the Bible about the Sabbath year of rest for farmers.

Could God have actually given them (and us) specific direction on how to maximize crop yields?

And what was even more interesting to me was that just as land becomes depleted by not having a rest, I don’t think there was any better word to describe how I felt after 2016.

As I was beginning to sense that God was using this illustration to ask me if I could TRUST Him enough to take the ENTIRE year off, my first reaction was panic.

  • How am I going to pay the bills?
  • The site that I have worked nearly a decade on will dissolve to nothing.
  • Everyone will think I am weird.
  • Or worse – they will think I am a lazy bum not taking care of my family.
  • What about all the plans I had for the year?
  • What if we lose our house?

That is just a small sampling of the numerous thoughts and fears that raced through my mind as I began to entertain this idea of taking a Sabbatical year.


Next stop: talk to Linda

Later that day I told Linda that we needed to talk.  A small part of me was secretly hoping that she would fly off the handle and convince me that this Sabbatical year idea was from the devil.  😉

One of my favorite things I love about being a Christian is all the adventures that God leads us on if we step out in faith when He calls us, but this one was a big one and I was having trouble wrapping my brain around all the repercussions of it.

I waited until we got our son to bed because I knew this would take a little time.

“Honey, I think I might have gotten something big from God today…”

“Oh yea?!”, she said – clearly having no idea what I was going to say next.

I proceeded to explain how I had misspelled Sabbatical and went and learned about it on Wikipedia and I just sensed that still, small voice directing me…

“And so…” I hesitated.

“I kinda think I am supposed to take the rest of the year off.”

I braced myself, not knowing what she was going to say next. It should come as no surprise to me, but she was completely on board.

In fact, God had dropped this idea on her heart a couple weeks earlier (when we were driving back to Nashville from Scottsdale), but she felt like she was supposed to wait until I got the direction before telling me.

Getting confirmation like that gave me a little hope that I may not be crazy after all.

But it also forced me to come to terms with what a step of faith like this actually means.

One of the looming questions being:

How in the world am I going to pay the bills if I don’t work for a year?

I didn’t have that answer yet, but I began getting excited because if God was calling me to do something like this, surely He was going to do something grand.

The next day as I was re-reading Leviticus 25 (where God talks about this whole Sabbath year idea) I got down to verse 20 where (presumably) the Israelites are freaking out at this request God is making to not farm for a year.

“You may ask, “What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?” I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years. While you plant during the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and will continue to eat from it until the harvest of the ninth year comes in.”

God wasn’t calling them to a yearlong fast or to utter destruction. In fact, He promised He would provide enough in the prior year to sustain them.

As I thought about my own life, it dawned on me that the prior 2 years had been abundant years with our business and had allowed us to build up pretty good savings.

Had that been God’s plan for that money all along?

We would soon find out.


How the Sabbatical Year played out

Over the course of 2017, while on my Sabbatical leave, all my fears just slowly faded as month after month, we were able to pay the bills, feed ourselves, and our business didn’t disintegrate.

By His grace, our website continued generating income month after month (just one of the reasons that blogging is the best business in the world) and we made it all year and barely had to dip into savings.

Now that we are on this side of it, it seems like it was no big deal – what was I so worried about?

But at the time, when I imagined all the worst case scenarios, it was pretty intimidating.

Anyway, I don’t want to dwell on that anymore. Let’s talk a bit about the benefits.


The benefits of my Sabbatical I have seen (so far)

This has been the second time in my life that God has called me to a long-term (6+ months) sabbatical. And to say that the first one was life-changing would be a huge understatement.

During the first Sabbatical:

  • I finally got serious about God instead of just being half-hearted in my faith.
  • He began the financial education that would ultimately lead me to start this site.
  • I broke off a relationship headed for marriage that would have been bad news.

After the first Sabbatical:

  • I met my future wife, Linda, within weeks of returning.
  • I made countless friends at church, which prior to that I only had one.
  • God started me down the path of my calling.

And really those are just some of the highlights. There were just too much to mention.

All that to say, while I have noticed a few obvious benefits of the sabbatical thus far, I am confident that plenty more is to come.

In the meantime, here are 3 big ones that stand out to me:


1. A complete reset

For as depleted as I felt starting 2017, I could not feel more refreshed and excited to get to work now.

I had grown to despise writing, and now I am loving it again.

I feel like I am starting a business from scratch – with the eyes of what’s possible, instead of all the things I HAVE to do – but with the added benefit of having a huge head start.


2. Lots of little course corrections

In Psalm 139 David said,

“Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.”

It is pretty crazy that we can have stuff in our hearts that we aren’t aware of until God reveals them.

I feel like there were a handful of little things that God shined a light on for me to see.

None of them by themselves were a big deal at all, but it was more nipping them in the bud, to prevent them from turning into something bigger down the road.

I much prefer the gentle, private correction from the Lord by taking care of things on the front end, rather than having to deal with bigger issues that they could become later on.


3. Direction for the business

All year long, almost every time I ran into a friend, they would inevitably ask me, “So, have you gotten any big revelation yet?”

To which I would have to reply, “Nope, not yet,” which makes for a boring conversation.

It wasn’t that I felt God had promised to give me some big revelation, but it just seemed to me (and apparently everyone else) that He should. 😉

The reality is that He probably needed to spend 11 and a half months clearing my head of the clutter and revealing some heart issues before He could give me the direction that I sought.

And that is pretty much what happened to me.

Just a few weeks ago, I began sensing really strongly that as I go into this new year He wanted me to share (with you) some of the miraculous stuff He has done in my family’s life the last few years.

He showed me that I have been hiding some of His wondrous works and though I have been praising Him privately for them, He wants me to share some of these testimonies of His goodness for all to see.

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.” –1 Chronicles 16:8-9

So that is why I wrote this article.

Taking a sabbatical year only could have happened by the grace of God.

None of my planning, strategy, worrying, or anything else could have made it possible.

Nothing but God.


So what does all this mean to you?

Well, for starters I don’t think it means that you should go take a year-long sabbatical (though for some of you it might).

What I love about God is that He calls us to different things at different times, and it would be foolish of me to try to push off this thing that He called me to do on everyone else.


I do know that almost all of us struggle in this area of resting and living a Sabbath lifestyle. And my encouragement to you would be to start praying and stretching your faith in that area.

Maybe for you, it means – ACTUALLY doing no work on Sundays and just enjoying your family.

Maybe it means stretching yourself to take a week or a month Sabbatical and just seeing what God does in your life.

And maybe for a few of you, it will mean taking a year-long sabbatical.

Regardless, I have NEVER heard a single regret from anyone who has taken a Sabbatical – regardless of length.

And be warned, whatever it is for you, it will likely seem too difficult or impossible – but that’s good news…

Because if you can’t do it in your own strength, you will get to see God do some awesome stuff!



I have told a handful of people about the whole thing and I commonly got these questions, so in case you are curious…

What did you do all day?

Not coincidentally, about 6 weeks after I decided to take the year off, we had a surprise adoption of our baby girl.

Our plan was to adopt much later in the year or in 2018, but God had different plans.

This allowed me far more concentrated time with our newborn – as well as our 3-year-old – than I otherwise would have been able to give.

I consider myself so blessed that I got to spend all those countless hours with both my kids at such a young age. I will forever cherish that time together.

I spent a lot of time working in the yard. Maybe it’s because I typically sit at a desk all day, but I LOVE being outside and doing “real work” by getting dirty and sweating a little bit.

It actually refreshes me. So I did a lot of it.

One of my big projects for the year was building our veggie garden:

Sabattical Year Garden

I also continued to spend a lot of time alone reading and praying. I was able to read lots of good stuff last year.

And I was pretty much head chef for the entire year and began honing my skills by taking some cooking classes online.

And one of my guilty pleasures is selling stuff on eBay, so I continued doing that as well.


Did I get bored on your Sabbatical?

Simply put, yes.

But this is exactly what I was hoping for. Our society has all but eliminated the possibility for any of us to get bored. Think about it – most of us carry an endless form of entertainment with us at all times. And if that weren’t enough, it is beeping at us trying to get our attention all day long. Couple that with all the long hours that so many of us work and the demands of family life and it isn’t surprising that most of us haven’t been bored in over a decade.

I haven’t dug into this enough, but I have a hunch that boredom is actually a good thing and that mental space is actually beneficial for us.  So that was something I was looking forward to.  Just sitting by the fireplace in a comfy chair alone with no device, no book, no agenda – just sitting.  Just existing and maybe getting a little bored.

I got to do a little of that, but sadly not nearly as much as I would have liked.

I was really surprised that I felt like I stayed busy without much effort. As someone who has little interest in traditional retirement (because it seems boring to me), I was really scared that I would just be twiddling my thumbs all day and be bored out of my mind.

That didn’t happen at all. Just like expenses rise to meet income, the same principle seems to apply to our time.

The hours were there each day, but they quickly got filled.


Final thoughts on my Sabbatical year:

Trust Him.

Seriously. He has nothing but our best interest at heart.  As scary as some things that He asks us to do are, I am convinced that they all work out for our benefit in the end.

What is God asking you to trust Him in today?


  1. Joanna

    This was so good!!

    • Melonie Bowen

      Thank you for a post that tells us that we need spend time hearing god and being with our family .

    • Lakesha

      This sabbatical topic really spoke to my spirit I have been on a sabbatical rest for six months now. In which the Lord spoken to my spirit to home school my five children. I am still unclear as to what the Lord will like me to do. But I do know the Lord been meeting my needs.

  2. Barb Albert

    Wow. Great testimony about what God led you to do, and how He blessed it.
    I admit – at first read I was rather envious of your time to regroup, until I realized I was short changing God by assuming that there’s no chance of me, as a single woman, being able to take any time off.
    I think I need to look at Sabbath-ing on Sundays as a start and see what God has in the future. I think He blesses any move in the direction of obedience and trust.
    I always appreciate what you share. It changes my life.

    • Bob

      My God is your God Barb and what He does for one He will do for another! And I completely agree – start doing Sunday the right way – that is amazing in and of itself!

  3. Absolutely loved this post and I praise God for using you to confirm what God has placed on our hearts for the upcoming year.

    • Olivia

      What an inspiring read. Thanks for sharing your story Bob, its encouraged me to listen to Gods calling and where i may have missed out on hearing Him. God bless you and your family. Im so glad to be on your mailing list!

    • Bob

      Thanks Olivia!

    • Bob

      Love hearing that Timberley!

  4. Debi Oakes

    Awesome story. So glad that you were able to surrendered to the the process. God will continue to honor your obedience as you are on this journey with Him.

    Debi in MO

  5. Kimberly A Valentin

    Wow! I had a forced Sabbatical last year! A time to rest and grieve many losses that I experienced. It was definitely a dark night of the Soul. Now I am in the reinvention phase seeking how I may best serve the Lord and also be aware of the needs of the Family. I KNOW I have a BLOG in me but i just haven’t stepped out yet. I really feel I have been delivered from ambition. I used to start something new or come up with some idea for work since i have done non-traditional work my whole life (no 9-5 here). I really want to do the work that flows from Gods Heart through me.
    Great article thank you so much for sharing!
    God Bless you and your precious family. I am so glad you have had such quality time with them.

    • Bob

      Get out there and launch it Kimberly! The world needs what you have to share!

  6. Elyssa Lassiter

    Wow. As I was tryinggg to get out of bed this morning for work, I was reading a verse in Leviticus that talked about having a sabbath year–pruning and gathering your vineyards for six years, but on the 7th, just having a year of rest. In the picture of my mind, I imagined this overgrown vineyard, like, how on Earth are they supposed to keep that up during the rest year?! I thought about the significance of this.

    Well, That really stood out to me, and I believe it is no coincidence that I read this blog post today. I thank you and I thank God. Excited to see what’s next for me!

    • Bob

      No coincidence at all Elyssa!

  7. Cindy Blount

    I am in the same place. Learning to just sit at the feet of Jesus was my greatest time spent during the sabbatical. Learning to be comforterable with being uncomfortable is where God grew me. I’m about to start a new job on March 5 But since July 25 my relationships and my finances is where God worked on me. After suffering from a divorce of a runaway husband of only six months and marriage God took me and placed me in a famous secret hiding place right on the golf of Florida to just rest. I see boats and birds now And so very grateful of his Love and care for me. It’s time to leave the nest can fly again. God will never leave you nor for sake you and he is your Jehovah Jireh. Cindy Blount. From St Louis and now living in siesta key Florida.

  8. Meghan R Dupree

    I’m not new to you, but today is the first day that I decided to read your blog and I’m glad I did. Lots of truth here.

  9. Julie

    I needed this today. My husband is our sole bread earner and last night started having chest pains. He works 16 hours a day 7 Days a week.
    He works for himself as an architect and people are always needing something from him.
    This article has given me the strength to talk with him tonight about healthier life choices, where his work is concerned. He needs to build up his teserve so he will have more to give others.
    Thank you

    • Rich


      Please get your husband to a doctor. I’m a physician assistant and had similar symptoms a couple years ago and ended up getting a heart stent. If he was having chest pains the other night it could be angina, a warning sign of a possibly more serious cardiac event. Healthy choices are definitely important, but he needs to see a doctor right away. I’ll be praying for you both.

  10. Aja

    This is amazing. I’ve taken long breaks before but I feel like God desires me to trust him more and toil less. This testimony encouraged me so much. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Kathy from CT

    Thank you! He is speaking thru you to me & so many others. I have to quiet my thoughts and find out the direction HE wants me to go, which might not necessarily be where I want to go. God bless!

  12. Matthew

    Thank you for sharing. Lots to take away from that.

  13. Di

    I’m currently six months into my eighteen month sabbatical. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. My sabbatical was more inspired by exhaustion and burnout, but in the last two months, it’s began to look like there may be something (if it comes to fruition) that will allow me to support myself without returning to a forty-plus hour work week. If this happens, it would literally be a gift from God…no other explanation possible. This has been the first time in my life ( I`m mid-fifties) that I’ve ever really taken time for myself, and it’s been a blessing in so many ways. I wish everyone could/would do something like this for themselves. It really is life changing.

    • Bob

      Thanks for sharing that Di – I echo what you said: “It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.” – me too!

  14. Henry

    This article makes sense. It makes me look at things in a different perspective. Taking a Sabbatical is something I need to do.

  15. Brian Kluth

    Good word, brother! I have done 6 sabbaticals over the last 35 years and am planning the next one with the LORD’s help for 2020. Everyone has been completely different.
    1983 – God’s one-year honeymoon plans (Deut 24:5) to concentrate on my wife and cheer her up. God provided BIG TIME for this to happen. I prayed for a free house to live in for one year and God provided.
    1990 – One year off to move to a new city and take a one-night-a-week degree completion program to get my B.A. Degree from Trinity University near Chicago.
    1997 – One year where the board of directors allowed me to take mornings off and not come into the office until the afternoon.
    2003 – My church gave me 3 months. One month I just rested and my wife and I went on a cruise. Then for two months my family took a 2-month RV trip to 20 states (kids were 12, 10, 8). God provided.
    2010 – My wife died of cancer and I took time off of work to provide extra and need care for my three teens. God provided.
    2013 – Remarried and didn’t work a single day for 3 months to travel with my new wife — the rest of the year I worked very part-time. God provided.
    2020 – Planning for an extended stay in Africa (my family helped start the http://www.SandiHouse.org ministry in memory of my wife), trip to Israel, son’s graduation from Moody, and possibly my son getting married in Europe to a girl from Germany.
    What did I learn from these 6 sabbatical seasons, first and foremost God provides. Secondly, sabbaticals are all about the “R” words – Rest, reading, revitalize your relationship with God – family – others, revealing things that need to change, reset and reprioritize for the future, renew your body/soul/mind, refresh, and recreation. IThe Bible says, “by two witnesses a fact can be established.” I pray that my comments will be the second witness to your comments so people can believe the fact that sabbaticals are God-honoring and that God and guides and provide to make it happen.

    • Sol

      Amen. This is AMAZING!
      GOD is right on time with this message for me.
      Thank you for sharing!

    • Bob

      Thanks for sharing Brian – I love it!

  16. Chris

    What a blessing and many who read this will be as well. To a certain degree your sabbatical is experiencing Scripture come alive and become relevant for our time and our day. Thank you for sharing and tying God’s word into it.

    • Bob

      That’s how it was to me for sure!!

  17. jonathan lancho villa

    Congrats for you baby and thanks for your obedience to God! You inspire me to continue seeking his calling for my life.

  18. Patricia

    You are truly a blessed man with a beautiful family! I am looking forward to reading your God stories.

  19. Niketa Libert

    This article was received on time! Before reading, I you had just finished writing my families plans for March. The title is Libert Family Reset! So this article is definitely confirmation. Thanks for sharing.

    • Bob

      Love that Niketa!

  20. Jason Cabler

    Awesome post! Can’t wait for the next one!

    • Bob

      I think you will like it Jason!

  21. Josephine

    Thank you for sharing. This help me to trust God in all things and have faith that everthings will be all right.

    • Josephine

      Thank you for sharing. This help me to trust God in all things and have faith that everthings will be all right. My mind was trouble with a lots of self doubts on a situation I was going though, I was not sure how it was going to work out. I had a hard time turing it over to God. He just kept saying trust me. I did and my mind is at peace.

  22. Steve Prokopchak

    Great article. Our ministry team started sabbaticals a number of years ago and recommend them every seven years, taking at least two months of rest and refreshment. Of course similar to the pattern our heavenly Father gave us in His word. Over the course of growing in this practice, I wrote the book found below at the listed link. It has helped a lot of leaders to see the need for such a break…those in ministry and those who are in the marketplace. It also outlines a clear four-step process within the sabbatical.


  23. Katelyn

    Thank you for this. I know my husband and me are not ready for this yet, but I am hoping it is in our near future. We are both on the edge of burnout and need a rest. Thank you for showing me it’s possible. (And thanks for helping me get my site started! )

    • Bob

      You are welcome!

  24. Grace Field

    This post is good timing for us. It might be just what my husband needs to do at this point in his life. Thank you for the inspiration, and all the scriptural references and the thoughts about boredom. I resonate with you there 100%.

    • Bob

      Grace, I don’t ever recalling ever hearing someone say that taking a sabbatical WASN’T tremendously powerful. Help him to go after it!

  25. Ezikpe OU

    This is indeed helpful

  26. Kaedyn

    Thank you for sharing this. God is amazing!!

  27. CHAD

    Bravo. Thanks for sharing your experiences of hearing and responding to God and the lessons that ensured. I applaud you having the courage to move forward even when the rest of the world might have thought it crazy.

  28. Carol

    This was great and inspiring !

  29. Mellonie

    This was an amazing post, and a reminder of how important it is to take breaks. When I have a moment to refresh, regroup and gather my thoughts. I am amazed what God can do. I look forward to hearing from you again in more post.

  30. Angeli

    Thanks for sharing. This has spoke to me. We need to move out of our home that we lived n for 30 years. It’s old farm house n has served it’s purpose. This story has motivated me to start packing. We don’t have a home yet but I pray God will help us find one. I will just box stuff up and put it n God’s hands to show us our new home. I must have faith n my moving process. Hard to let go.

  31. Bernz JP

    I am so so very happy for you and your family. You are truly inspiring and your writing ability is truly a gift. I feel the connection brother. Love the picture of your vegetable garden as well. I do the same thing but mine is pretty much all over my backyard. And, just like you I recently realized that I also love to grill and cook. You’re blessed!

    • Bob

      Thanks Bernz – I appreciate it brother!

  32. Kim Brown

    Thanks for sharing. We forget that God does not change. God commanded for us to rest in the 7th year. We still live in seed time and harvest although the American culture does not understand that.

    I took a year off that was basically forced upon me. After working 6 long years as a nurse and not home much, then newly married to a man the Lord led me to, only for him to die 5 months later. The Lord provided while I was going through the grieving process and experiencing pure exhaustion from the prior 6 years. He carried me through!

    I am praying for more time off to spend time with Him and get a vision for where He wants to take me. It seemed like this one year off was not enough because of the grieving and working overtime all those years, it finally all came crashing down around me. I am thankful that He provided, otherwise I’d be living with family

    I have high hopes and dreams and ask the Lord for it to come to pass.

  33. Pam

    I took a sabbatical for 1 year between my last job and starting a blog. The Lord provided each and every day and I am confident that that year’s delay was His plan. Isn’t it wonderful to know that God is in control. We only need to trust Him and obey.
    Thank you for sharing your story.

  34. Carol

    Thank you for sharing. Very inspiring.

  35. Ezi

    Wow. I was captivated by this post. It was thought provoking and good seeds have been sown in my heart as a result.
    Thank you for sharing your testimony boldly. God bless you.

  36. Azna

    I absolutely love this article. Thank you so much for sharing. I love what you said about praising God, and sharing with the world all the miracles God has done for you and your family. I also desire to share with the world all the fantastic miracles God does for me everyday. There is nothing like God’s divine love and protection. God’s love enables us to bear everything we otherwise could not. God’s love is the most beautiful, unconditional, everlasting, perfect, infinitely vast, boundless, continuous love we could ever feel. I love reading all your articles since you always mention God. I wish all internet marketers would praise God, glorify God, and mention God in their emails, articles, posts, blogs, websites, etc.

  37. Miguel

    Oh, Bob. This is amazing! It has been an eye opener to me. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

  38. delilah wathel

    Thank you so much for publishing this article. The idea of rest has been on my mind for months now. It’s like confirmation. I just know I have to seek God for His specific plan for me.

  39. Janeth Alexander

    Thank you for sharing.

    Exodus 20:8-11 English Standard Version (ESV)
    8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 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.

    The true sabbath is from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown (not Sunday). When my family started observing the weekly sabbath, we really experience His blessings. It is a great way to be rejuvenated every week.

    May Yahweh continue to bless your ministry. Shalom!

  40. Michelle Solway

    Hi Bob, I’ve spent that last 3 minutes trying to remember how God lead me to you and I just can’t remember but He did and I’m glad for it. God is leading me down paths I’ve never considered before and I have lots of questions. He’s using you to help me learn and grow in areas essential for the path He’s taking me on. So keeping following Him because He’s using you in mighty ways.

    • Bob

      Thanks for the encouragement Michelle!

  41. Nicky Willemse

    Thanks for sharing. I am a working mum of three small kids. And, although I haven’t taken official “sabbaticals”, I have been on sick leave a few times in my life (after the births of my kids), a couple of years back with really bad flu, and then this week actually, following a minor op. I have loved each opportunity to just be at home and “slow down”. My mind has felt clearer. I have been able to remember some of things I really love and connect with people I need to connect with. And spend time really talking to God and allowing him space to talk back. So, I hear you. Great story. Thank you for sharing.

  42. Katrina

    What a wonderful story. I believe it speaks to many that will read this, especially in today’s world where people especially the working class are pressurizes to perform and everything has to be like now.

    Your article open my eyes to something that I never thought of in that way. Okay, somehow I know of taking rest on the Sabbath day, but it never crossed my mind that it was mean to take rest over longer periods.
    You have opened up a truth for me that many of us even as Christians don’t have a revelation about. Thank you for sharing.

  43. Jenny

    Thank you Bob for that, to be honest I feel a mess and tired. I could use physical rest.
    I appreciate the fact that you talked about your worries. That part always make me to shy away from resting.

    thank you and God bless you.

  44. Rich

    Thank you, Bob, for sharing this experience. It came at just the right time for me as I’m considering what God wants me to do next with my life. This reminder to take time away to listen to God was definitely needed.

    When my children were younger I took 3 months off while between jobs. I look back on it as one of the best times of my life. The time to be with my kids and wife and to refocus on family and God was priceless.

    Thank you also for encouraging people to take weekly time off with God. He knows our needs so well. He knew we would need time away to reconnect with Him. That is why He put right in the middle of the 10 Commandments the instruction to ““Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.” (Exodus 20:8-10 NKJV).

    God built a sabbatical into every weekly cycle, a special time to put aside our work and worries and spend with Him, listening to His voice. Every week I look forward to Friday sundown when I can welcome the Sabbath hours. Jesus said in John 10:10 He came to give us an abundant life. The seventh-day Sabbath is a special part of that.

    Again thank you for this wonderful post. God bless you as you continue His work.

    • Bob

      Rich, so glad to be of service!!

  45. Owen

    Thank you for sharing. I am at a crossroads of not knowing what direction my life should take but this gave me food for thought

  46. Lauren

    Thanks for sharing! I literally saw an email come in from you within the last few days and I thought “I haven’t heard from Bob in a while.” There God went giving me an answer! Lol.

    The first 2 months of this year I stepped back from my business, but sort of unintentionally. I just felt off and like I needed to set it aside or else my efforts would have been forced and less than my best work. It’s funny that this came to me now, your post about your Sabbatical because I just got back to work this week. I’m getting ready to explain my absence to my readers and Sabbatical is probably a great work to describe it. During it, there was plenty of questions related to the direction I should take, if I’m even taking the right direction, if it was where God wanted me to be, etc. It’s nice to hear that you were able to take such a long one and that you benefited greatly from it.

  47. Stephanie Staker

    Bob, I have been following you for years and have taken a couple of courses from you too. Thank you for sharing your sabbatical story with your readers. One thing I noticed right away when I was reading is that you mentioned the Lord so much more than you ever did! It sounds like He met you but had to slow you down a bit to get there. Isn’t He good? The last couple of months have been a struggle financially for me but God met me in so many ways that I can only say how blessed I am today. I am eager to continue reading about what God did for you last year.

    • Bob

      He sure is Stephanie!! More to come!

  48. Corey

    Being a great example. Thank you for that.

    Corey (Salem, Oregon)

  49. Dominic Abaria

    Praise God! Way to take a stand again the American idolatry of work to wait and trust in the Lord. Praying this post speaks to many through your faithfulness.

    • Bob

      Amen! Me too!!

  50. Sharon Akinoluwa

    Hi Bob, thanks for sharing. Riding on the wings of His faithfulness would surely open the doors of exploits. Nice one!

    • Bob

      Thanks Sharon!!

  51. Roxanne

    Bob, this is incredible to read, and I am so thankful that you’ve shared it.

    It turns out my husband went through a sort of forced (slightly longer than) year-long sabbatical for nearly the same time as you did (started February 2017 and will be back to work in a couple months). This was because of a leukemia diagnosis, and he needed to be out of work for various periods of hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatments. The amazing thing is that I felt strongly pulled to the Book of Job during it, and came to realize this was a test of faith for my husband (whose faith had been weak/shaky prior to that), as well as a test of faith for me – learning to trust that God put this illness in our life and I had to put it entirely in his hands to take it away.

    Long story short, despite me being a stay-at-home, by the grace of God we didn’t need our savings all year either, my husband achieved a complete remission despite a diagnosis with a 25-30% chance of survival (his doctors told him they cannot explain how he got to remission), and here we are, stronger for it, much stronger in our faith, and even starting a couple new businesses ourselves, as a way to diversify our income and hopefully become debt-free soon and be able to give more. Your recent post about giving your age has really inspired us to really make something of these efforts!

    Even after a year of reflection and then understanding why everything happened the way it did, this post of yours really struck me and made me look at the above scenario in our life in a new light. It came in our seventh year “as adults” (meaning our 7th year since graduating college and being pushed “out of the nest” and into the real world). Apparently we needed to rest and recover from being deleted also, and didn’t realize it. And who’d have ever thought that the start of this sabbatical would come on the exact day our daughter was born – my husband was fortunate enough ro spend her entire first year with her (less a couple hospital stays), just as you did! Wow!

    I would have never known about this sabbatical concept if it hadn’t been for your article. I thank God that he has driven you to do the work that you do, as it is clearly helping to spread his message to many!

    God bless, and may this year be your most fruitful one yet!

    • Bob

      Wow Roxanne, truly amazing how God works – isn’t it?

  52. Bethany

    Finally sat down long enough to read this article. I need to read more of your articles, good stuff. Very encouraging! So awesome that Linda had already heard frm God about you taking the rest of the year off.

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