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Moms, Take Care of Yourselves, too!

Today you will find me over The Homeschool Post sharing about the very important topic of taking care of yourself so that you can better care for your family.

I was “introduced” to a wonderful homeschool mom of 25 years who teaches other moms about this very thing. Check her out and I pray that you are blessed by her knowledge.

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Matthew 11:29

Rest in the Lord

Have you ever felt like God was not just whispering in your ear but yelling at you so loudly that you would have to be blind to miss the message? These are the moments when you know without a shadow of a doubt that God is interested in you personally.

Here’s an account of my most recent experience. {I’m going to apologize upfront for any randomness in this post – I’m working it all out in my own head, so I hope it comes across and you understand where I’m coming from.}

I have been tired. Just flat worn out. And, it’s not really because I’ve had too much on my plate, but rather that I’ve not been taking the time to rest and rejuvenate. But, in my mind, rest meant inactivity.

I had my perceptions turned upside down when I was up late one night, and I happened to catch a sermon {Restful Increase versus Stressful Increase} by Joseph Prince. I had never heard of him before, but he was talking about Rest so you can imagine that it caught my interest.

He was talking about how you can have rest and peace when you are doing Spirit-directed activity. He said that it is not physical rest – but rest in the Spirit. Jesus performed miracles on the Sabbath and he chastised the people who were criticizing the man who carried his bed (saying that he was working). I wish that I could remember all of the specifics, but it was very enlightening. {I found this article on the seven miracles that the Bible records were performed on the Sabbath. I haven’t had time to review all of the information by this group, but this page seems to have Biblically accurate information.}

Then, the next day I heard the following verse on the radio:

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

For me, this verse reminds me that I can rest, knowing that the Lord has plans for me, and I can rest in the knowledge that I don’t need to strain and stress over making sure that those plans take place – God is in control.

And, then for good measure, let’s add in Week 12 of the Run to Him Devotional: I Rest because He Perfectly Knows.

And, because I am hardheaded, I think God wanted to drive home the point to make sure that I remember to leave things to him, and this is the verse that I saw on a billboard:

Several days after that, I came across this post, Dear Pastor, that really spoke to me about trusting the Holy Spirit to work in my life. I can’t do it alone, but I can pray for guidance and strength.

I’m happy to say that I think I got the message. I have been making an effort to trust that the Lord will direct me in the activity that is good and of Him and to let the other things go. I have been too stressed lately, and for my health, I’ve got to find that peace {my word of the year, no less.}

How do you find the time to rest and rejuvenate? I’d love to hear what works for you in the comments!

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