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Mommas are known for a lot, but I think one of the most common things I hear is that mommas are so tired… ALL THE TIME. I get it. I feel like I am constantly complaining about being tired while chugging my coffee. Being a momma is exhausting. Not only physically or mentally but spiritually as well. For some reason the thing that can bring us rest, is the first thing to get pushed aside the fastest.
Mommahood isn’t a job that we can put in our vacation time or sick days, or clock out at the end of the day and put things on hold until tomorrow. To find balance and rest we have to be intentional. Why do we as moms feel so guilty about finding rest? It’s like if we are caught resting we are being judged for not being a good momma and not getting our crap done. I mean it’s not like we can find a lot of time for rest anyways, so why feel guilty for the times that we actually take advantage of it?
God values our rest and believes it is very important. He will not judge us for resting because He knows the importance of it, I mean He himself rested on the seventh day, and He encourages us to take it. There are many verses in the Bible that speak of the importance of rest. I mean it’s almost as if the all knowing God of the universe knew that terrible things could happen when we neglect rest. We can get burnt out, quick-tempered (can I get an amen mommas), resentful, the list could go on and on.
I like to have a journaling Bible that I can doodle in or color in. This Bible is amazing for expressing creativity while reading God’s word. I am also including color pencils, because you can’t color or doodle without color pencils!!
We need to find our rest IN HIM. He will help carry the burdens and give us rest we can’t possibly find anywhere else. So I have put together 10 verses to help whenever you feel like you are in need of some spiritual rest.
“14 And He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”’
“28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
“10 For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you
have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.”
“6 And he said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.”
“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“10 Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
“2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”
“8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
“27 And he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.’”