How to Keep the Sabbath Day
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11).

God is merciful. His requirements are reasonable, in accordance with 
the goodness and benevolence of His character. The object of the Sabbath 
was that all mankind might be benefited. Man was not made to fit the 
Sabbath; for the Sabbath was made after the creation of man, to meet his 
necessities. After God had made the world in six days, He rested and 
sanctified and blessed the day upon which He rested from all His work 
which He had created and made. He set apart that special day for man to 
rest from his labor, that, as he should look upon the earth beneath and 
the heavens above, he might reflect that God made all these in six days 
and rested upon the seventh; and that, as he should behold the tangible 
proofs of God's infinite wisdom, his heart might be filled with love and 
reverence for his Maker. 

In order to keep the Sabbath holy, it is not necessary that we enclose 
ourselves in walls, shut away from the beautiful scenes of nature and 
from the free, invigorating air of heaven. We should in no case allow 
burdens and business transactions to divert our minds upon the 
Sabbath of the Lord, which He has sanctified. We should not allow 
our minds to dwell upon things of a worldly character even. But the 
mind cannot be refreshed, enlivened, and elevated by being confined 
nearly all the Sabbath hours within walls, listening to long sermons 
and tedious, formal prayers. The Sabbath of the Lord is put to a 
wrong use if thus celebrated. The object for which it was instituted
is not attained. The Sabbath was made for man, to be a blessing to 
him by calling his mind from secular labor to contemplate the 
goodness and glory of God. It is necessary that the people of God 
assemble to talk of Him, to interchange thoughts and ideas in regard 
to the truths contained in His word, and to devote a portion of time 
to appropriate prayer. But these seasons, even upon the Sabbath, 
should not be made tedious by their length and lack of interest. 

During a portion of the day, all should have an opportunity to be out of 
doors. How can children receive a more correct knowledge of God, and 
their minds be better impressed, than in spending a portion of their 
time out of doors, not in play, but in company with their parents? 
Let their young minds be associated with God in the beautiful 
scenery of nature, let their attention be called to the tokens of His 
love to man in His created works, and they will be attracted and 
interested. They will not be in danger of associating the character 
of God with everything that is stern and severe; but as they view 
the beautiful things which He has created for the happiness of man, 
they will be led to regard Him as a tender, loving Father. They will 
see that His prohibitions and injunctions are not made merely to 
show His power and authority, but that He has the happiness of 
His children in view. As the character of God puts on the aspect of 
love, benevolence, beauty, and attraction, they are drawn to love 
Him. You can direct their minds to the lovely birds making the air 
musical with their happy songs, to the spires of grass, and the 
gloriously tinted flowers in their perfection perfuming the air. All 
these proclaim the love and skill of the heavenly Artist, and show 
forth the glory of God. 

Parents, why not make use of the precious lessons which God has given 
us in the book of nature, to give our children a correct idea of His 
character? Those who sacrifice simplicity to fashion, and shut 
themselves away from the beauties of nature, cannot be spiritually 
minded. They cannot understand the skill and power of God as revealed 
in His created works; therefore their hearts do not quicken and throb 
with new love and interest, and they are not filled with awe and 
reverence as they see God in nature. 

All who love God should do what they can to make the Sabbath a delight, 
holy and honorable. They cannot do this by seeking their own pleasure in 
sinful, forbidden amusements. Yet they can do much to exalt the Sabbath 
in their families and make it the most interesting day of the week. We 
should devote time to interesting our children. A change will have a 
happy influence upon them. We can walk out with them in the open air; 
we can sit with them in the groves and in the bright sunshine, and give 
their restless minds something to feed upon by conversing with them upon 
the works of God, and can inspire them with love and reverence by 
callingtheir attention to the beautiful objects in nature. 

The Sabbath should be made so interesting to our families that its 
weekly return will be hailed with joy. In no better way can parents 
exalt and honor the Sabbath than by devising means to impart 
proper instruction to their families and interesting them in spiritual 
things, giving them correct views of the character of God and what 
He requires of us in order to perfect Christian characters and 
attain to eternal life. Parents, make the Sabbath a delight, that 
your children may look forward to it and have a welcome in 
their hearts for it. (RH 5-30-1871).  

"If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure 
on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, 
honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor 
finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt 
thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon 
the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob 
thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it." 
(Isaiah 58:13-14).

From sundown on Friday to Sundown on Saturday -- Leviticus 
23:32; Mark 1:21, 32; Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31).

No secular work -- Exodus 20:8-11

Preparations for the Sabbath day are to be made on Friday -- Exodus 
16:22; Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54.

Go to Church to worship God and fellowship with other Believers -- 
Isaiah 66:23; Luke 4:16; Acts 17:2.

Not a day for business such as buying and selling -- Nehemiah 13:15-17.

Should not be used for secular pleasures, hobbies,  or game playing. 
-- Isaiah 58:13.

It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath -- Matthew 12:9-13.

Cooking and all such preparations should be taken care of before the 
Sabbath comes -- Exodus 16:23.

Since the Sabbath was given as a memorial of the creation of our 
world and everything in it (Genesis 2:1-3), it is most fitting that we 
spend a portion of the Sabbath in the out of doors. By observing 
God's other book, the book of nature, we can learn many things 
about God, His character, and His loving plan of salvation for us.