Sunday, June 11, 2017

Peace and Rest in the Midst of a FULL Agenda

This picture could not be a more perfect description of June!  Haha. It was end of the year everything... go, Go, GO.

Midweek I was needing rest for my mind, my body, my soul.  Reading through my favorite "rest" verses reminded me that God is not impressed with a hectic, BUSY, chaotic, aimless life. 

Not busy or aimless but fruitful and purposeful.  Jesus says in Matthew 7:16-20 that you will know them by their fruit.  Every healthy tree bears good fruit. 1 Corinthians 9:24 makes me think about running in one direction.  Not backwards, sideways, detoured or in a million different directions, but towards the finish the line, a GOAL.  

Our full agenda week could have ended with this mama totally burnt out and in tears screaming to get out the door (which has happened plenty of times)! BUT God reminded me,  you've been here before.  I took His yoke upon me because it is easy and His burden is light.  I DID all that I have learned from Him over the years  (Matthew 11:30).  Being obedient to create and take advantage of small moments of rest, he will lead me beside quiet waters (Psalm 23:2).  Believe it or not we know a lot of practical ways to get rest and ease the burden of all the responsibility, we just have to DO them.

PHYSICALLY it meant taking naps and early bed times for the kids and I.  It meant no skipping meals from busy-ness and eating right.   It meant saying NO to tasks that meant loosing sleep.  Compromising what I wanted to what was do-able.  MENTALLY  I had to plan ahead, plan activities, plan for tasks.  There were brain dumps to clear my mind of to dos.  Setting aside expectations for how the house should be and giving grace for the messes.  I had to ask others for help; carpool, having kids help with chores, and the hubby to cook some dinners.  This week there were lots of prayer books to renew my SOUL.  Giving up morning devotions was NOT an option because this is when my tank is filled.  Podcasts of sermons which keep my mind from wandering to all that was left to do and as Cindy would say, Jesus music to soften my heart from anxiousness.  

I've read Isaiah 49:29-31 but this week it became a reality.  God does give strength to the weary...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 weak, they will walk and not be faint.  

God showed me that rest and renewal isn't just a supernatural phenomenon.  He teaches and has taught me how to be renewed physically, mentally, spiritually and he's left it is up to me to DO what I've learned.    

With littles, I know the rhythm of life will be quick and the days full.  I don't mind a full agenda with as long as I'm full of peace.