The Rest He Promised

I often sell Jesus short on His ability to refresh me.

While watching the Thrive Moms retreat a few weekends ago, I heard Jess Thompson talking about the other things we look to for rest that feel good, but don't really do the job. Other things - humans and man-made things - will fail us. Even sleep on its own isn't enough to give us truly refreshing rest.

Over my eight years of mothering, I've come to think I need or deserve certain things, and times of uninterrupted rest is one of them. Don't get me wrong, we do need a break. I love the analogy shared in the movie Moms' Night Out when the husband tells his wife she needs to put on her oxygen mask before she helps anyone else. And rest is an oxygen mask for us moms.

Yes, taking a break to get rest is good, but here's the deal: when I feel like I need something, anything, more than Jesus in order to get through my day, I've got all my priorities out of whack. I feel like this a lot because, like I said, I haven't always trusted Jesus when He says He will give me rest. But if I'm going to trust Him as my Savior, I also need to trust His Word and what He says He will do...

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly." -Matthew 11:28-30 {The Message}

I also know that I have never walked away from time with Jesus feeling MORE tired. If I lay down for a nap and don't sleep as long as I wanted, I'm more frustrated. But even just five minutes with Jesus - praying, reading, journaling, worshipping - is always a good five minutes and 99% of the time, my perspective for the day is changed for the better.

I still enjoy an occasional nap, a good book in a quiet house, or some time out writing in peace at a coffee shop, but I know better {most of the time} than to rely on anything other than the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to breathe new life in to me.

If you're looking for a little help in spending refreshing time with Jesus, I highly recommend the Hiding Place reading plan + devotional developed by Thrive Moms on the YouVersion app {search "Hiding Place"}. It is just 10 days long and has great insights and encouragement. My other favorites are Morning + Evening by Charles Spurgeon {available as a free app} and the She Reads Truth studies.


Do you struggle with trusting Jesus to give you the rest you need? How can you remember to lean on His promise of real rest?

Incorporating a Rhythm of Rest into Your Family Life

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!