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God’s Sabbath Time of Rest (4 Class Series)

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February 7th, 2019 - February 28th, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Parish Resource Center
2160 Lincoln Highway East #18
Lancaster, PA, 17602, United States

Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, and 28 (snow make-up March 7)

Led by Susan Cabouli, PhD, Clinical Psychologist at Lancaster (PA) Psychotherapy, LLC

There must be a minimum of 10 students in order for the course to be held. Space is limited to 12 students total.



In this course, we will explore ways to live well in the two times that inform reality: the time we all know and can measure with clocks and days and seasons and lifespans, and God’s Sabbath time of rest. Although God’s rest has been “from the foundation of the world” (Hebrews 4:3), few of us know its precious presence. We will be looking at practical ways to hear and accept God’s invitation to enter His present rest (Matthew 11:28).

Participants will:

  • Better recognize how they personally relate to time and how it affects their living.
  • Learn cognitive and behavioral strategies to develop a healthier relation to time.
  • Distinguish between the measured time of daily living and God’s holy time of His rest.
  • Learn practices to better recognize and receive God’s gracious Sabbath rest.

Class 1

The nature of time. We will look at how time personally affects each of us and all that we experience.  Looking at time more intentionally can enable us to more freely choose how to live in it. We do not have primary control over time (we cannot change it) but we do have secondary control: we can change how we respond to time. Mindfulness will be explored as an example of practicing secondary control of time.


Class 2

God’s Sabbath time of rest. What is the nature of God’s Sabbath time? It is not merely a ceasing from work but is the presence of God at rest. In the Hebrew Bible, we read that God’s Sabbath time is distinguished by His holy rest. In the New Testament, God‘s rest is identified with His grace in the person of Jesus, Lord of the Sabbath. We will especially look at the practice of waiting on God as essential to experiencing His rest.


Class 3

Disentangling emotions from time. Our emotions are prone to getting entangled with time’s past, present and future. I will give an overview of the more common ways time complicates various emotional states and conditions such as anxiety, depression and grief. We will explore some practical ways to disentangle our misperceptions of time. Fundamental to grounding our experience in God’s Sabbath time is to live in humility that is made real in Jesus.


Class 4

Healthy rhythms of work and rest. All facets of our life need their own balance, including that of work and rest. We will be looking at practical ways to establish healthier boundaries with work. Holy rest is not only an absence of work but also the presence of God at rest. We will learn how to discover more of God’s restorative rest that continually returns us to His grace.


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Susan Cabouli, PhD, has practiced as a clinical psychologist for over 25 years in Lancaster, PA.  She is a graduate of Rosemead, Biola (CA) University’s graduate department of psychology.  Her education included the integrating of mental health with Christian spiritual development.


Dr. Cabouli has taught “Intimacy with God” and “The Healing Practice of Acceptance.”  She is presently writing a book on God’s Sabbath, entitled God’s Sabbath time of rest. Find her blog at

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