BY MACKENZIE BYERSDORF
For moms, rest can be a tricky subject. It’s something that we all deeply desire – but it’s also something that is hard to actually fit into our busy lives. Every hour of the day, needs are begging to be met: the dishes need cleaning, our kids need feeding, the mail needs sorting, and so on. It can feel counterintuitive to rest, because our to-do lists seem never ending. This is why we’ve very purposely made refreshing rest one of our core values; moms often rank rest as our lowest priority, but in truth, it is one of our greatest needs. Without rest, we can’t possibly maintain the emotional, spiritual, or physical energy we need to take care of our families (let alone be a part of community, engage in our marriages, serve in our communities or workplaces, etc.).
Let’s look at the origin of rest, when God had just finished creating the world. He’d worked for six days, making the moon and the stars, mountains and rivers, animals and humans. Then, Genesis 2 says, He “rested from all his work.” “Rest” here can also mean “to stop.” God, who had just displayed His matchless power by creating everything, stopped to rest. Let that sink in for a moment. God literally keeps our world spinning, but still He prioritizes rest. What does that mean for us? If we feel like we’ve got to keep it all together for our families this year – no, we don’t. We don’t keep their worlds spinning – God does. So work hard, but then, stop. Rest your body and rest your soul. Explore what truly refuels you, and put that on the top of your priority list. You are worth it, and your family will benefit from a rested mama. Let this year be one where you dive deep into rest.
READ THIS SCRIPTURE:
“So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.” Genesis 2:1-3
PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, today I want to stop and recognize that You are the Creator and Sustainer of my family’s life, not me. I ask that this year, I would continually come back to you as the Source of my energy, and gladly step into the rest that you modeled for me. On the days when rest feels impossible, God will you make a way? I want to serve my family from a place of refreshment.