Friday, October 3, 2014

the importance of rest

The past month has been absolutely crazy for John and I. We are up early, out the door to work all day, and then home to either take care of things around this house where we live currently, or working out at the new house on random things. John spends several hours at the new house almost every night after he gets home from his already demanding job. To say we are tired is an understatement. But we just keep going. Several weekends we have gone to Greenville for football games and to see my sister and brother in law, and when we are home we try to spend as much time as a family as we can before the crazy work week rolls back around. We knew when we signed up to build a house we were signing up for crazy. For long days and tiredness. For weekends that are spent sorting through massive wood piles or moving dirt, or measuring kitchen cabinets.

Yes, I love it. We are thrilled beyond words that we are so fortunate to build our own home.

But yes, I. am. exhausted. 

At night I find myself laying in bed praying, Lord, just give me the energy in the morning to get up and do it all over again with a smile on my face. 

Thank goodness for a God who knows when I am worn out. Thank goodness for a God that gives rest to this weary mama and enough grace to get through each day. Thank goodness for grace. Y'all, do you know that we can't do it all? We live in a world that expects us to be superwomen and super moms and having it all together and look like a million bucks and always have a clean house and well mannered child and never say "no" when asked to do something. We live in a world that demands we constantly be plugged in and busy. There are meetings and dinners, and school parties and social media out the wa-zoo.  I get tired just thinking about it all.

The busier I am, the more I realize the need for a rest and grace and strength that I cannot have separate from Jesus. He is the One that restores. My soul, my body, and my mind crave that time of solitude and stillness. More importantly, time with my Savior. Resting in Him. 

So in this chaotic, beautiful season of life that we are in, I'm attempting to make more of an effort to carve out time and be intentional about turning off the technology and the to do list, and soaking in the stillness and truly resting.  The laundry can wait. The vacuuming can wait. The DVR can hold my shows as long as I need. I am ten times better for my family, friends, and everyone else around me when I take some time to truly rest. 

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

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