Most mornings getting out of bed, while not the most enjoyable, is doable with a bit of eagerness to begin the day. Ok, ok. Eagerness is a stretch. I get out of bed because I have people counting on me to do so. There’s something about being able to sleep in and wonder “Is it still appropriate to eat breakfast or should it be lunch?”
The reality is most of us don’t get to sleep in. Even if we have an awesome husband that takes the morning duties on his own, we are conditioned to wake in the morning hours, no matter how cave-like it may be in that stinking room! I enjoy my life! I do look forward to my day with my family, but sleep is magical. You’re probably wishing you could be sleeping right now. Just 10 minutes. Mommy’s eyes are tired!
You become weightless, fearless and downright awesome in your dreams. Doesn’t matter the dream, it’s beautiful to escape the realities of the poop or chocolate game. You totally tasted it…thank God, it was in fact chocolate. #preach.
I could go on and on about how fantastic sleep and dreaming is, but there is something even better than sleep. It’s rest. Yes, I own a dictionary and thesaurus. Ok, I don’t, but I have a smart phone. Same thing.
Rest is entirely different than sleep..don’t Google it, just trust me. Sleep is refueling your body, so you can pump blood, oxygen and maybe even milk through that beautiful body you have. Rest, on the other hand, reenergizes the soul. Right down to the core. The energy inside you that sits with the Holy Spirit. Being exhausted is overrated and it’s a badge we all need to tear off and burn. Have you ever had a few minutes alone?
Really alone. No kids, no dog. Just you and Jesus? That’s where I find I get my rest. Fully rested. What this looks like varies depending on the season, but we have to make a priority to rest. For some time, this was me sitting in the shower, letting the water run over me as I prayed. I ended my “mom” day with it and then joined my husband for an hour or two before bedtime.
I made sure it was after the kids were in bed, and my husband knew I needed however long I was in there. I wasn’t a good wife if I didn’t end my “mom day” that way. As I have grown with Jesus, my time of rest looks a little different.
Now, it’s quiet time in the morning. I know what you’re thinking. “Great. Another Christ loving blogger lady who wakes up early. I get it! My kids waking me up is not my favorite way to start my day.” I’m waking up earlier than I ever swore I would when I read cutesy Pinterest pins about waking up an hour before the roosters (aka small children), to read my Bible. Since jumping on the bandwagon, it has been life changing.
Your Challenge: Start your day with Jesus and silence leaving room for a whisper. Even if it’s 10 minutes before everyone wakes, it is the ultimate rest. You can be tired and rested. Insert cliche here- “Little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus “. We are commanded to work hard, but rest.
For moms, it’s the toughest because we don’t actually clock out. Some days schedules work, and other days, it is changing bed sheets at 3:02 am. We can’t count on a perfect schedule or routine but we can make one day a lighter day and focus on our family and ourselves. Out of all the commands we are given, we can not do any of them if we do not rest…at least not whole heartedly. “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.” Exodus 34:21