Genesis 2: 2-3 “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”
Have you thought about the last time you sat? I mean, really sat. Without your mind wandering to your “to do” list, without a child sitting on your lap, without a phone in front of your face, or a laptop in your lap? When did you stop and take the time to give yourself a break mentally and physically?
This is something that I have struggled with now and in the past. There’s always something to do when you’re a full-time working mom. There’s always laundry to get done, a toilet to scrub, an email to send, a diaper to change, and the list goes on and on. When I fell into my post partum anxiety and depression, I finally stopped and realized that I hadn’t stopped, I mean really stopped in months. Not only hadn’t I stopped during the day, but it was rare that we slept through the night. Owen would either be up teething, or I would have to go to the bathroom, or our pup was scared of the thunder. It was always something.
I realized that I had went months without giving myself any kind of a real break, physically or mentally. I was always thinking of the “next thing.” But, according to scripture we are supposed to stop. We are supposed to rest. The Lord dedicated an entire day to it, called the Sabbath. The Sabbath is defined as, “
Now, I don’t know about you, but I know nothing on my to do list is nearly as important as what was on God’s list. So, if God can take a rest, why can’t us Moms? God spoke worlds into existence, he is all knowing and all powerful, but he needed rest. God created the Sabbath, because he knew his children needed rest, just as we know that our children need a daily nap.
So, after I conceded and realized that I needed to make rest a priority, I began to think about what I could do to really rest. When my body was full of anxiety, I was restless and the only comfort I found was when I was writing. It was the time that I felt “relaxed” and somewhat “renewed.”
I began to realize that honoring the Sabbath can come in many forms. It could be laying in the sun, it could be reading your favorite book, it could be writing a letter to a loved one, journaling, or in my case blogging. It’s a time that you set a side for yourself and hopefully some time to spend with the Lord.
So, I have to ask you…When is the last time you rested? Felt completely renewed? Felt closer to God? If it has been too long (like I suspect it has been for most of us), I challenge you to make it a priority. The more you can take care of yourself the better you can take care of your children, fur babies, spouses, or anyone else who needs you. Plus, I want you all to know that YOU DESERVE IT. I hope you all have a restful and relaxing week.
Blessings to you and your loved ones,
Three items I’m grateful for:
- New beginnings
- New friendships