Rest Area Closed

by Amy


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And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” (Mark 6:31)

I was helping her wash her hair in the bathtub when it happened. I was called out by my 9 year old. Once again, we were rushing to get ready to go somewhere and as usual, I was hurrying her along. While “discussing” the fact we were running late, she said it. “Mom, I don’t want to be like you, you are always tired and irritable because you are always running around too busy and in a hurry. You need to rest more.”

Dagger to the heart. My first gut reaction was to respond by saying I am always busy because I am always doing things for her and her brother. But that’s not exactly true.

A lot of the things I do aren’t really necessary. Somewhere along the way, I have allowed myself to fall into the trap of busyness, not taking time to rest. No rest makes me tired and irritable, and my children are watching me. I have great intentions to take time to rest, but when I try, it seems the rest area is closed so I just keep going.

Rest isn’t just something to do when you are tired. It’s a command given by God. When God rested on the seventh day of creation, it wasn’t because he was tired; it was because he was setting an example for us to follow. He made it a law in the Ten Commandments when he said to “Remember the Sabbath.”

“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.” (Exodus 34:21)

My daughter’s comment made me realize I have allowed “busyness” to control my life robbing me not only of rest, but of my relationship with my family and with God.  Running from one thing to the next is “toiling 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. (Psalm 127:2)

God hasn’t called us to busyness. He desires that we rest in Him.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Have you taken time recently to rest God?

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. (Psalm 62:1)


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No More Tangled Messes

I stood at the bathroom counter having the same argument with my daughter for what seemed like the 100th time. The conversation went something like this:

“But I don’t want to wear my hair that way!”
“Why not, it looks cute.”
I don’t care, I don’t like it.”
“I don’t care if you don’t like it; you are wearing it like this.”
“But, Why?!”
“Because you have pictures today and I want them to be cute.”
“But they are my pictures!”
“Actually they are my pictures of you because I’m paying for them.”
“Well I don’t care. I’m not wearing my hair like this!”
“You will wear your hair like this or you won’t play outside for the rest of the week.”
“But I don’t understand why you just want let me do what I want to!”
“You don’t have to understand it.

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At The End Of My Rope

As a wife, mother, daughter, friend, speaker, writer, Bible study teacher, school volunteer, (the list could go on) I sometimes feel pulled in a thousand different directions. I have responsibilities in each of these areas and it’s often difficult to juggle them all. There are days I find myself paralyzed, not sure which item to tackle first on my never-ending list of things to do. I feel like I’m hanging on the end of my rope. Can any of you relate?

It is during these times of feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed, that I sometimes slip into the trap of negative self-talk.

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The Blessing

The man opened the mail and couldn’t believe what he saw. A jury summons, for the week before Christmas, one of the worst off all times to be called to service. With so much to do before the holidays, he couldn’t believe he would have to spend every day, possibly in a courtroom. He was a person who believed everything that happened to him had a purpose, so as he went to the courthouse each day, he asked God what in the world he had planned for him. Why did he need to be there this particular week? Could there possibly be any good reason?

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The Morning Circus

Are there days you feel you could be a better parent? Do school and church mornings start like a circus at your house?

Earlier this year, I vowed our morning “getting ready” time was going to run more smoothly – you know, to avoid the three-ring circus. I began to pack lunches and book bags and lay out clothes the night before.

“I’ll have more patience,” I promised myself. “I won’t be so quick to yell.” Unfortunately, the promise was broken. Even with the advance preparation I carefully executed, I still had to raise my voice to the level of surround sound for my children to listen and obey.

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Sitting Still

My seven-year-old daughter has quite a bit of energy. In fact, she almost never sits still. Unlike my son, she is not the type to cuddle up on the couch and snuggle. She would rather be running around the house or playing in the yard. Many days I find myself asking her, “Would you please sit still for just a few minutes?”. My husband says she’s just like me. She always has to be doing something.

A few days ago, she woke up early and came to my bedroom. I invited her to climb into my bed and snuggle. To my surprise, she did.

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God Cares About the Details

Ever had those days when you felt you were throwing up emergency prayers that seemed unimportant in the big scheme of things? You know the ones. “Lord, please let me find my car keys or I’m going to be late, again.” “Lord, please let me find a parking place close to the door, because I have to get these children and all this stuff in that store quickly in the rain.” “Lord, please let my child sleep through the night, because I have to get some sleep.”

If you are a mom, I’m sure you’ve prayed one or more of these prayers on some occasion.

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If you have children, you are probably familiar with the stage they go through where everything has “why?” attached to it.

“Why is the sky blue?” “Why do dogs bark?” “Why do I have to go to bed?” It’s been some time since my children have been through this stage, but they still ask why quite often. Usually it’s when I tell them they can’t do something.

Last night I was at Redbox renting a movie. There was a father with two boys who looked to be about ages 6 and 12. They kept suggesting movies to rent to which the father would reply no, and then they would argue, “But why can’t we watch that movie, Daddy?” This went on for some time until finally the father said, “I don’t have to tell you why, you just have to know that I said no and that’s that.

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