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Daily Scripture Reflections

Do You Need to Rest?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 • Abby
Last Mother's Day I read on Parenting.com that the top 5 things a mom wants for Mother's Day are...

Genesis 2:3

God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation.

 

Last Mother's Day I read on Parenting.com that the top 5 things a mom wants for Mother's Day are:

  1. A Clean House

  2. Sleep

  3. A Good Workout

  4. A Spa Day

  5. A Day Free from the Mom Routine

 

Looking at the list - it's mostly about obligation and escape. What does this say about our lives that when asked what we want as a gift for a day that celebrates motherhood, we ask for a day free from the life we are living? I read the book Present Over Perfect and one of the things the author said is, "All of my deepest desires and fantasies involved sleep and being left alone. My greatest dream is to be left alone? Things have gone terribly awry." When I read that I was sitting in carline, (multitasking!) and I nearly cried. Is this how I want my life to be - a bunch of chaos relieved by the occasional exhaustion-filled moment of isolation?

 

Well, no.  

 

Then I have to rest. And so do you. Sometimes rest means cancelling an obligation. Sometimes it means saying no to something important. Sometimes it literally means being horizontal and taking mindful breaths. God did it. You aren't more powerful, resourceful or energetic than God. So you do it too!

 

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