I’ve been breathing on this earth for 9,918 days.
I use my fingers to count, I CANNOT carry a tune, and my attention span is a total of 2 minutes.
In fact I’m horrible at a lot of things.
You know THE ULTIMATE thing I’m horrible at?
I’m talking the double patty BIG MAC of things I cannot do…
Starts with an R. Ends with a T.
It’s difficult to even type.
REST has been haunting me for all these…lets make it easy for you…27 years.
You guys, rest is so darn hard for me to do.
I rest when my body begins to shut down repeating, “Houston we have a problem”.
I’m not bragging here, it’s a PROBLEM.
I really like rest and often crave it. But (there’s always an annoying but), when I try to rest, I find it so challenging.
I envy those who are restful.
I’m jealous for it.
As you can imagine when I knew I’d be writing on the topic of rest, I nearly panicked.
I want to be the mom that has it all together, especially as a Thrive Moms blogger. Heck, I’m no better than any other human out there. Rest is a struggle for me. Writing is cathartic; writing on rest is daunting.
So I sit.
I sit here heavy burdened in prayer.
…because right now, I feel desperate for rest.
I can’t give you my “top ten ways to rest” because I don’t have them.
Whoa, talk about honesty!
Ladies, if you have found yourself reading this, perhaps you crave rest, too.
I know I need rest because I feel stressed.
Our Savior desires the complete opposite for us, this I KNOW.
“Come to me, all YOU who are weary and burdened, and I will give you REST. Take my yoke and you learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Just reading that, gives me rest and reassurance.
‘For my yoke is easy and my burden is light’
How cozy does that sound?
And it’s a free gift that I’m choosing to ignore?
Why am I so resistant to rest?
Let’s make a deal, okay?
Yesterday was the first day of Spring.
Let’s allow this season be a season of rest;
Rest for our souls and rest for our physical bodies.
Whether rest comes natural or not, let us make rest a priority.
Perhaps it is sitting for 10 minutes in a quiet room in prayer, turning off our cell phones for a few hours, or taking a yoga class.
Let’s unite. Let’s commit.
I’m certain it will bring us closer to our God, ourselves, and our community.
My prayer is that we seek God to strengthen, uphold, and renew.
We are in this together, mamas.