Don’t expect too much from me this week; I’m exhausted and in need of some serious of rest.
I’m going to take my time unpacking. I need some calm, chill days.
The kids need normalcy and a reliable routine. I’m going to prioritize that above all else.
I had noble intentions to rest this week; except, I woke up Monday morning feeling pressure — self-imposed pressure at that. So first, I ran around my house like a crazy woman trying to find a specific notebook to start my new Bible study in. I hate not being able to find things. After opening a b’gillion boxes, I finally found it. With my coffee cold and my daughter impatient, I rushed through the verses jotting down a few notes.
After my super-speedy quiet time, I sat my little girl on the floor to play with packing paper and attempted to unpack the kitchen. And then my little guy woke up and wanted us to “Play with me! Play with me!” I set him up with breakfast, instead, and told him “later.” My morning and early afternoon looked like a lot of pleas for play, cries for attention, and groaning and frustration from a house not even close to being put together.
It took a ridiculous overreaction for me to realize that I had gone back on what I had told my husband merely a day before.
My kids need rest and play and security.
I need rest.
My soul needs rest.
The boxes can wait. The laundry will keep.
It’s Okay to Take a Grace Day — or Week
I’m giving myself a grace week — to wear pajamas all day, snuggle up with my kids, not leave the house if I don’t feel like it, and slowly move into our new home. It’s time to linger with my Bible open. Build box forts with my 3-year-old. And snuggle that little girl up every time she asks. There’s no rush. There’s nowhere we need to be, except right here.
Do you need a grace week or day or month, friend? Why not take it? Why not let yourself off the hook and rest in who you are in Christ?
You may have worthy pursuits that seem like they are the best use of your time. Unpacking and putting my house together is obviously worthwhile for my family’s sanity, but right now, it’s not the best use of my precious minutes. Because, right now, my soul needs rest, and my kids need an available mom.
What do your soul and your family need from you right now?
Clean laundry? Or a heart-to-heart?
Vacuumed floors? Or 15 more minutes in prayer?
Sometimes the answer is clean clothes or a clean house, but other times it’s okay to put them on the back burner and take a grace day.
It’s okay to take a grace day or week. It truly is. Let yourself off the hook, friend, if even just for a moment. His grace is sufficient. Rest in Him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28:30
What would a grace day look like for you? I’d love for you to share in the comments. 🙂
Go love well.
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