Happy Mother’s Day!
I thought long and hard about what I wanted to write about this year for Mother’s Day. Such an awesome day for awesome moms deserve all the best recognition! Sadly, I feel like I have came short. I’ve seen many great homemade gift boxes, flower arrangements and other amazing gift ideas. I had this picture perfect idea to come up with an awesome heartfelt gift but to no avail.
So I owe you all and explanation.
I feel like my life has taken a complete turn around over the past 6 months. I went from being the absolute most laziest human being to having the drive to accomplish all the things! In my mind I HAVE to do them all. I have taken up an interest in gardening, learning homeschooling styles, homesteading, and so many others. Most days it seems like I have a list 20 miles long and a voice telling me to keep going.
But Sometimes I Feel Like Drowning
I want to be strong enough to keep swimming. I fear that if I stop now then I’ll never come back up for air. I fear that I’ll sink back down into the mother I was before, the mother I can’t possibly be again.
But then again sinking doesn’t seem so bad… Some days it’s so tempting.
If I’m being honest, when motherhood catches me in a rip tide I know I’m not strong enough to break free. Thankfully though, I have my own personal lifeguard who is there to pull me in when I can’t keep going.
You see, God never intended on us to keep swimming. Sometimes, it’s okay to float.
Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
God knew without a doubt that rest would be essential to our well being. After all, he created it! After spending 7 days working hard at creating all the things God didn’t just say, “Oh, well I’ve got this to do next, and then this…” No, he rested and wants you to do the same! (Genesis 2:2-3)
I think it’s easy, especially as a mother to get caught up in the go go go of life. We want all the best opportunities, knowledge on this and that, and feel like if we stop for just one second then nothing will get accomplished. It has taken me so long to realize but a lot of the time MORE gets accomplished by simply resting. Should I really be surprised though?
Here’s Your Sign
It’s no secret that nap time is one of the most glorious times of my day. Sometimes all I can do to get through the day is say to myself, “Just gotta make it til Wren’s nap and then I can work.” I’ve waited on kids hand and foot all morning and the time has finally arrived for the baby’s nap. Wyatt will get screen time and for once I can finally get started on that blog post or finish that project.
No sooner than I can open the laptop and the 4 year old has spilled his milk all over the place. By the time that’s cleaned up he is asking for a snack, but can’t for the life of him decide between an apple or a banana. Both won’t cut it though because that’s not what he wants. Next comes the meltdown which in turn as you could probably guess…
Wakes the baby.
I feel like oftentimes these daily interruptions are taking away from my “ideal life.” In a perfect world I’d have all the time to do exactly as I intended but you know what? Who’s to say that these interruptions aren’t essential?
It’s almost as if God is saying, “Brittany, you are doing too much! If you aren’t going to slow down yourself here’s your sign.”
God must be sending me lots of signs!
Make Rest A Priority
I am likely one of the worst people in the world to be telling mothers to rest when I can’t even take my own advice. I’m vowing right now to do better not only for me but for God, my family, and anyone else around me. Let’s face it, I can get pretty grouchy without rest!
So in honor of Mother’s Day (and beyond) I’m calling all moms out there to make rest a priority because you so graciously deserve it!
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