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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) from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

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

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



In this course, we will be exploring 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).

Most of us rarely think about the dimension of time or its meaning and place in our life.  Whether or not we choose to consider time, it is always affecting us.  But how can we approach this intangible time?  Why would we want to consider time if there is nothing we can do or say to change it?  This course will address the kind of relationship we can develop with time that can positively affect our life.

Whether or not time is directly discussed in psychotherapy, how it is experienced is crucial to the integrity of one’s mental health.  The benefits of mindfulness practice are largely because it relieves our stressful wrestlings with time.  It is also crucial to how we live with an eternal God.  Time affects everything God created, including us.  Moses prayed for God to “teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).  As we learn to live our times in God’s hand (31:15), we discover the gracious rest of His holy Sabbath time.


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 be looking at the nature of time and how it personally affects each of us.  Time vitally impacts 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.  In this class, we will explore the nature of God’s Sabbath time.  God’s Sabbath 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 been practicing as a clinical psychologist for over 25 years in Lancaster, PA.  Last year, she started her private practice, Lancaster Psychotherapy, LLC, in Lancaster city.  She graduated in 1991 from Rosemead,  Biola University’s graduate department of psychology, in California.  Her education included the integrating of mental health with Christian spiritual development.


For decades, Dr. Cabouli has been seeking to better understand and live in God’s Sabbath rest, God’s way to His holy presence that restores us in His grace.


Dr. Cabouli has taught other courses integrating spiritual and mental health such as Intimacy with God and The Healing Practice of Acceptance.  She is presently writing a book on God’s Sabbath called God’s Sabbath time of rest.  It can be read on her blog page at her website,

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
Non-Member Ticket (All 4 classes) $120.00
PRC Member Ticket (All 4 classes) $60.00
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