Rest

I am a little disappointed, but not surprised that I am 25 minutes past my deadline.  Rats, apparently, I fell asleep waiting for my turn at the computer.

My heart is full of complicated ideas to communicated a very uncomplicated truth.  We need rest.  Jesus said the sabbath was created for man, what a nice gift when I actually stop to enjoy it.

While waiting for the perfect words to say this, I opened up my Bible and found this Psalm 127:

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.

bless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

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.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,

the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are children of one’s youth.

Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!

He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with this enemies in the gate.”

First, I was struck by the “rising early and staying up late” because I keep doing this.  I attempt to get to bed early, but can’t seem to be in bed before 11.  Then I try to wake up at 5, and I am exhausted.  This scripture called me out on my “anxious toil.”

Secondly, I was surprised to realize that verses 1-5 all go together, it is a “family psalm” according to some commentators.  These verses are a complete thought, not random ideas written in the same notebook.

I supposed I realized that I need to rely on God to build my family.  There are not enough hours in the day to create the perfection I want to accomplish in my parenting. It’s just not possible, and it isn’t mean to be.  I’m meant to rely on God to be the mother my children need.

I’m thankful for simple, relaxing Sundays.  We went to church, ate a simple lunch, my husband and I talked about how we want our Sundays to be (unhurried and refreshing). He took Z & C to buy some mozzarella while I made a gluten-free pizza crust,  We had pizza for dinner, I sprayed the diapers that had piled up.  The kids took baths, bedtime took FOREVER, I tried to re-watch Agents of SHIELD, then fell asleep while he upload pictures to our computer.

Simple. Unimpressive. Refreshing. Rest.

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