I’ve never been good at taking a true day of rest at the end of each week. Sunday always turns into a catch-up day for me. No wonder I get so run-down so often.
I was sitting in Barnes and Noble in the kiddies’ section with my kiddos on Saturday morning, flipping through a book. The author was talking about his type A, go-get ’em personality and how he decided one day to start observing the Sabbath–truly resting on Sunday (or Saturday, whichever). No work, no e-mails, no business, no nothing. Just relaxation. I could feel God whispering in my ear, “There’s a reason you came to this bookstore this morning and picked up this book and flipped to this page… You need to rest. R-E-S-T. Rest.”
I told Gabe my plan. From now on, Sunday would be a day of rest. No work. No writing. Just resting and enjoying God and my family. He smirked and said, “That’s a good idea. You need to rest.” His smirk actually said more than that, something like, “I’ve been telling you this for years. You work too much, too hard. Maybe the reason you feel like you’re constantly behind on everything is because you’re not following God’s formula: on six days, off one.”
Or maybe he wasn’t really smirking. Or thinking any of that. I read into things a lot. 🙂
Got up for church Sunday morning. Realized that a mother of three little ones cannot TRULY rest every moment of the Sabbath. They are not all able to feed and dress themselves or turn bedheads into beautiful do’s. Got to church right on time, heated up Friday’s taco pie for lunch, cleaned up lunch dishes (couldn’t just let them sit all crusty), put girls down for a nap, TOOK A NAP (slept some when I wasn’t itching my stupid rash that is not poison ivy after all but something mysterious and horrid), went to the ZOO for Fall Fest, enjoyed some delicious grilled-in-the-husk corn, carousel ride, boat ride, watched some 8-year-old cloggers, ate at Chili’s, went to B&N again, home, girls in bed, relaxed with Gabe. It was wonderful. Good idea, God.
Got #5 of 6 McGraw-Hill units finished up and e-mailed to my editor this morning. Livi is at school, Ava is napping, Nina is babbling and getting into everything.
Beth Moore says she gets up every morning and says to whoever will listen, “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” I told the girls that’s my other new plan. And it’s a good one as well.
Have an awesome week enjoying the heavenly weather!