Friday, November 13, 2015

Rest for the Weary | Five-Minute Friday

Good morning! It's Five-Minute Friday and our free-write topic is "Weary".

What's a "free write"? No editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write!


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Every day the world is yelling, "DO more! BE more! You're NOT enough!". Satan has orchestrated this culture to find its value in busyness. The Enemy wants our schedules packed, our minds swimming and our household in a constant state of hurry.

There are (too many) times when I say "yes" to a few too many commitments or when I fall for the lie that I need to do more than "just" raise my boys and take care of my family.

My most common mistake is to jump in to a design project or other commitment before I ask the Lord about it. He has given me clear guidance that I am "mom" full-time and designer (or whatever else) after that. (My habit of jumping ahead of the Lord always gets me in a pickle!)

The busy, always-hurried, margin-less life leaves me a big ole pile of weary.

This quote from Susie Larson perfectly defines my experience as "just" a mom:

"Often, because of our society's mixed-up values, young moms are made to feel incidental. In other words, there are countless messages telling them that it is not enough to put their time into raising their children.

Because we live in a society that constantly measures value by what is achieved or produced, many young moms feel the pressure to be involved in far too many things. I was once one of those young, overcommitted moms; now I am older and deeply burdened for moms who are distracted, depleted and completely exhausted."
Susie Larson in "Balance That Works When Life Doesn't" (emphasis added)

Weariness steals our focus from the One who restores our peace.
Weariness distracts us from the little blessings sprinkled throughout every day life.
Weariness makes it so much easier to lose perspective and fall into sin.

Some seasons of life are more weary than others, but there is hope for rest, even in the weariest of life season!

JESUS is our hope. 

He promises rest for our souls when we go to Him. He will teach us and give us only what He knows we can carry. The world can't understand Jesus' ways or the ways of His children (John 14:16-17) but that's okay because HE understands us!

When we live a life surrendered to and focused on Jesus, He is our hope, our rest, our peace, and, best of all, our salvation.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” MATTHEW 11:28-30
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8 comments:

  1. Great post! It is so easy to get pulled into the worship of "busy" - that's for sure. And the same is true for our kids. Sometimes we think they need to be "busy" all the time, too. -Sarah (stopping by from Five Minute Friday)

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    1. I agree! Busyness is a tornado that sucks a person in. Thank you for stopping by, Sarah!

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  2. I love your Friday posts! The new moms with kids that must be in 10 different activities at all times just baffles me, they are so busy running from place to place how do they enjoy anything? Great reminder today!

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    1. Exactly, MB! Oh how I want to avoid that crazy busyness - lots of prayer and wisdom needed for each decision, that's for sure.

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  3. Such a great post!! And so much truth! Thank you for this fantastic reminder today.

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  4. We need to spend less time as human "doings" and more time as human "beings".

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