“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.”
Can we be honest and transparent for a moment? We are tired.
Party planning, raising toddlers, being pregnant, working, ministry, family, laundry, cooking, cleaning… The list goes on and on and sometimes feels like it never ends. At times we feel like superwoman and taking on all these tasks is a breeze and we complete them with a smile on our face. Other times we don’t even want to get up and make a cup of coffee let alone face the challenges of the day.
Our calendars are filled to the brim with “things to do” and “people to see”. Not that any of this is bad, but if we don’t pay special attention to our spiritual well being during these busy times, we will easily find ourselves in a place of “exhaustion”. We end up running on an empty tank and becoming frustrated with the simple tasks of life. Have you been there? Are you there now?
Like us, maybe you find yourself running on all cylinders all the time. You have your agenda, the idea of what your life should look like but God is so good, and He has a way of slowing us down and helping us refocus.
“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat–
for He grants rest to those He loves.”
Psalm 127: 2
Rest sometimes feel like a bad word. As moms, we can even feel guilty at the thought of leaving those clothes unfolded or dishes unwashed, but in order to be effective we must be balanced and this includes REST. Everything we try to do on our own is just a temporary fix to a tired soul. Jesus is concerned with providing us true rest.
We recently started a new book called “Loving my Actual Life”. The challenge found in chapter one is to remove noise from our life, virtual and physical noise. This could not have come at a better time. Too often we fill our lives with noise. We get used to the noise and even might find comfort in it. There is not enough silence, not enough alone time with our thoughts and with God.
Mother Teresa once said “See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence … We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
It is important and essential to find quiet ALONE time with God. We know it can be challenging when your children are bouncing off the walls all day and night – so it seems, but it is possible. We must allow ourselves time to rest, refocus and recharge.
It is in the silence and quiet time with God that we will find our rest. It is in our rest that we will be able to recharge and refocus allowing us to give our very best to our loved ones.
We are guilty of filling our lives with superficial energy. Add shot anyone? Maybe you prefer a red bull or a rockstar. It is time to say NO to the counterfeit and step towards the place of true rest and strength. Just as the Lord ordained the Sabbath as a day of rest. We should take heed and listen to His voice and REST.
So take a deep breath, take that extra bubbly bath, take that nap, take that “me” time and feel good about it. It is good for your soul and good for your family. In this silence allow the voice of God to deeply penetrate your thoughts and soul.
Leave behind the frazzled weary you and step into the best you. The Lord loves to see you rested and so does your family.
Misty & Tisha