Author Archives: Sabbath Thoughts

About Sabbath Thoughts

My name is Mike Gaston. I am a former missionary, a Shepherding Pastor at Heights Church in Prescott, AZ, a happy husband, a spoiled father of two daughters, a proud grandfather, and a recently-convinced pursuer of the benefits of intentional, regular, contemplative, Christ-centered rest. This blog will allow me to share thoughts about Sabbath, as well as thoughts about God and the Christian life that come out of my restful Sabbath moments.

Feed and Lead to Rest

There were plenty of words that God COULD have used. When I saw the one that He chose, it grabbed my heart in a way that I hope to never forget. I was reading Ezekiel 34 a few weeks ago, … Continue reading

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We are All From Piatre

A woman who lives on a mountainside in Haiti said something two weeks ago that stopped me in my tracks.  I can’t stop thinking about it, and it makes me smile every time. Eve Rose was working on some food … Continue reading

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A Parking Spot, a Monaco Cop, and a Plate of Macaroni and Cheese

“It’s not permitted, but it is tolerated.” That was the response I received one day from a passing policeman in Monaco when I asked if it was OK to park in the spot I had chosen.  My first reaction: “What … Continue reading

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You Are … and I Am

While hiking along the base of this amazing rock formation in Sedona yesterday, my prayer time shifted in this direction.  I hope it adds to your worship on this Good Friday. There are plenty that I’ve missed – please feel … Continue reading

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Go Ahead. Smell a Pine Tree.

I usually glance up and down the trail before I do it, because it looks, I don’t know, kinda weird (ya think?). But it’s rare that I take a mountain trail without at least once sticking my nose into the … Continue reading

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When You Won’t be Home for Christmas

I was in denial.  And it was time to do something about it. We had moved to France just four months earlier, and were facing our first Christmas overseas.  We had put up the few decorations that we had brought … Continue reading

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A 20-Year Dream

It’s been over 20 years since we first considered this idea, 20 years of wondering when and whether the opportunity would come, 20 years of leaning in a direction that felt right, but for which we had no guarantee. What … Continue reading

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