Do you ever feel like there seems to be the overarching theme that keeps coming up in your life? Because… SAME! I thought I’d keep this week’s little chat short and sweet + share something I feel like always seems to pop up as I try to navigate this little journey called motherhood.
Resting. Anyone else have the hardest time resting? In my mind, there is always something that needs to be done. Cleaning. Laundry. Organizing. Cooking. I mean everyone else seems to be knocking out things one after the next, and here I am, falling behind… again. Like where do these people find the time? I mean I obviously just need to suck it up and keep pushing through. There are so many other women who would love to be in my shoes. Just stop it, and keep going!
Sound like you too? I’m sure I can’t be alone on this one, right?
Oftentimes when we think about resting, we think about taking it easy on a Sunday, being present with our kids throughout the day, making time for some self care or taking a family vacation. Though all of these are parts of “resting,” — and it’s often hard to incorporate these types of “rest” as mothers — I find it a bit more difficult to put the mind to rest. And, when we are able to put our mind to rest, the other kinds of resting come easier.
So, let’s work on this concept of “resting the mind” this week and in the weeks to come. Once we get better at this concept, it will be easier to rest in other parts of our lives and experience true peace.
Here’s a quote from the new devotional I am reading called 52 Weeks In The Word that really resonated with me this week:
Now, let’s think about how/where we can put our minds at rest, pray about it, and give it to God:
- Mom guilt – I feel like we all have it in some way, some more frequently than others. But, the reality is: the sheer fact that we worry about being a good mom is what makes us a good mom. Be confident in your choices as a mother. You’re doing your best, and that is enough. No one parents perfectly.
- Pleasing Others – It can be exhausting giving, doing, and going above and beyond for others. You can say yes too much, causing you to burnout. This is especially true for people pleasers like me. But, remember it’s ok to say no too. You and your needs are just as important as others. You owe no one an explanation for doing what brings you joy and peace
- In the Waiting/the In-Between – Waiting is the worst, especially when we feel like we have done everything we need to do to be reaping the benefits we see others attaining. Even more frustrating is watching those flourish that got to where they are by using others, getting an unfair advantage or using deceitful schemes to push themselves ahead of others. But, remember: comparison is the thief of joy. Likewise, we are only seeing one side of things as well. Our minds race as we think of what we can/should be doing to get to that place we so desperately want to be. The reality: Now is not our time. Wait. Trust. Believe.
- Finances – The world is becoming a very expensive place to live, and there’s really nothing we can do about it, except adapt and move forward. But, when we put our faith before the worries about finances, everything always seems to fall into place. When we remember He is the one who ultimately entrusts us with whatever money we are given, and we use it as it was intended, we will never go without the things we truly need in this life.
Closure: As things come in and out of your mind this week, think about what it is that you CAN control, and what you CAN’T control. If it’s out of your hands, put it in God’s hands instead. And, pray about it. Always pray about it. It’s often when we truly rest — in every sense of the word — that we’re able to be more productive.
Verses to Remember This Week…
Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.”
Psalm 37:7: “Be still before the lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret, when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out there, we could schemes.”
Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Psalm 27:14: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
Romans 12:12: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
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