Rest – we all know we need rest and that we should rest.
But…moving our brains from intellectually knowing we need to rest to actually resting, is where many of us falter.
Like you, I’m guilty of spending many of my days going from one task to another without taking time to rest – to silent myself and the environment around me to simply be.
There are so many reasons why rest is so hard to achieve. We need not go any further than the never ending to-do-list! There is always a bathroom that needs to be cleaned, right?!
But, it is so much more than a simple to-do-list. There is a deep, societal expectation that resting is a sign of laziness and lacking productivity.
Look no further than the work emails that come through during the evenings or on the weekends and holidays asking (and expecting) you to respond.
Or the retail stores that open early on Thanksgiving and Christmas for the extra financial gain, only to leave their employees working rather than resting with family and friends.
Or the pressure to put your kids in activities so they ‘don’t miss out,’ leaving you running from one practice to another, one game to another.
What once was a chance to ‘power-down’ during the evenings and weekends is now filled to the brim with activities and expectations to do and be more.
Of course you know the end result – exhaustion, burnout, and weariness. Most of us have been there and yet few of us take steps to live life differently – to live life better.
Biblical Truth to Rest
The more I read through each chapter of the Bible, the clearer the message is on rest.
God doesn’t just suggest we rest, He commands us to rest.
“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.” (Exodus 34:12)
What I love about this verse is the emphasis placed on the busy seasons of our lives. Just like the farmers who are busy getting their crops in during the spring plowing season and taking their crops out during harvest time, God commands us to also rest during our busy seasons of life.
Does anyone else feel like motherhood is one constant harvesting season?
If we are not careful, our days can be filled with constant movement and striving. And yet, God warns us that this constant striving does nothing for our wellbeing.
“It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves? (Psalm 127:2)
God enjoys giving us mothers rest. If God commands rest and He enjoys giving us rest, then why don’t we rest?
Mama’s, it is up to us to decide. Are we going to fill our days with constant movement and striving or are we going to take time every day to silence ourselves and be quiet?
Rest is not a luxury. It is the life line to our souls and to our wellbeing. It is only through rest that we can be refreshed and renewed.
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Praying you through,