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Busy

“So, how have you been?”

“Busy”,  I replied and then went on to list the next 100 things that I needed to finish that week.

I, in turn, asked my friend how she was doing and she replied with the same dialog.

You see, busyness is almost a badge of honor in motherhood.  We identify who we are by what we are doing.

Image result for list… but this is a lie that the devil keeps trying to make us believe.

It is NOT about what we are doing but WHO we are.

I am first and foremost God’s daughter and if I am too busy to spend quality quiet time with Him, then something is terribly out of whack.

I am my husband’s wife.  I am the only one who can Biblically provide for his needs.

I am my children’s mother.  I am the only one who can really truly do this job and do it well.

It is not so much about what we do but who we are.  You see my child runs to me when he gets sick or hungry.  Why?  Because I am his mom.

So with all these responsibilities we can safely assume we will be busy, BUT we often overlook an important gift that God gave us.

Let’s go back to the beginning of Genesis….

Have you ever sat down and really meditated on creation?

We often teach little kids that there were 7 days in creation. Ok, then, what did He create on the 7th day?

Why didn’t God just say He created the world in 6 days?   If that is the way that it was written then we would most likely infer that He was done after the 6th day and that He rested.

Have you wondered why He put the 7th day in the creation story?

What did He create on the 7th day?

He created Sabbath.  Sabbath means peace, tranquility and rest.

He didn’t simply just take a rest.  He created a whole day to rest. He was busy working and then he set up boundaries so that REST was a part of that plan.

If God Almighty, the omniscient, omnipresent Creator of this world decided that rest was important enough to take a whole day for it, then why do we feel we don’t need it?

Why is busyness next to godliness?  Why do we walk around acting like our long list of stuff to do somehow makes us better moms?

Well, first off it doesn’t.  I don’t know about you, but I can be constantly doing and doing. That accomplishes nothing but stress for my kids and family dynamic.  There are days that life is so crazy that my quiet time gets skipped and I am fighting life all day with an empty tank.

Ladies, please let me encourage you to slow down.  You need your rest.  I am not talking about ME-TIME.  I’m talking about family-time.  I’m talking about God-and-you time.  I’m talking about simply relaxing and enjoying people.   I am talking about making cuts in your life so that your family gets more of you.  This doesn’t have to be a special activity.  Just simply being together.

One of my favorite quotes is this:  “Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God.”

As the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19 learned, God is not always in the storms and the busyness and loudness. Sometimes, He is in the quietness.

If we are not getting the rest and quietness we need, then we are living a crazy lifestyle that God is not a part of.

Ladies, do you want rest?  Do you want peace?

Then make sure to block out a specific time every day to spend with God in His Word.

For me, this is quiet time.  My daughter takes a nap and my son plays quietly.  During that time, I make a hot drink, grab my blanket, a heating pad and my devotions and curl up on the couch.  I place the heating pad on my neck, curl up in the blanket and open the Word of God.  It is such a relaxing time every day; when I get up from that time of rest, the energy that I have is like no other. I am physically relaxing my body as well as spiritually refreshing it.  IT IS POWERFUL!!!!!!

As a pastor’s wife and homeschool-mom with lots of stressors, there is nothing ….NOTHING.…that provides more energy to my broken-down body and mind than that time every day.

We have to learn to say no.

We have to learn to prioritize and create that rest-time.  If God thinks it’s important, then we should too.

One last thing to think about is this.  God CREATED peace.  Rest doesn’t come when I am done with my list.  (Is it ever done?)  Rest comes when you INTENTIONALLY create the time.  If we want Sabbath, peace and tranquility, we must be intentional.

Friends, we must learn to say no and to question our reasons behind what we do.

Let’s make this applicable–ask ourselves some questions.  These are some great questions for your husband and you to work through whenever you get offered new “busyness opportunities”:

  1. How does this activity better our family and or our ministry?
  2. Will this make my family stronger after I am done, or weaker?
  3. What can I take out of my life to create peace?
  4. What do I need to remove to make sure that I am having some refreshing time with God?
  5. Could someone else do this ministry?
  6. How many activities will we allow our family members to be a part of (great discussion to have with your husband about your kids, as well)?
  7. What is the most important ministry goal we have?  Are we staying true to that goal or are we adding other things that we could say “no” to?
  8. Is this what God had in mind for me?
  9. Do I have enough time that is quiet enough that God can speak to me?

I have had these discussions with other moms. Some moms would argue that they are just too busy but I truly believe that in EVERY stage of life, there is time for personal time with God.  God would not give you so much to do that you couldn’t have time to spend with Him.

At the end of the day, we need to ask ourselves:  God created rest on the 7th day, so what can I do to create rest in my home?

Rejoicing,

Joy

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Taking Care of your Body For the New Year

III John 2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

God has designed our bodies so uniquely. I read the other day about some things about our bodies in how in an average day, our bodies spontaneously perform certain functions such as:

* You exercise 7 million brain cells
* Your heart beats 103,689 times
* Your hair grows .01717 of an inch
* Your blood travels 168,000,000 miles
* Your nails grow .000046 of an inch
* You move 750 major muscles
* You inhale 438 cubic feet of air
* You speak 48,000 words
* You eat 3.25 pounds of food
* You turn in your sleep 25-30 times
* You drink 2.9 lbs. of liquid
* You give off 85.6 degrees Farenheit of heat
* You perspire 1.43 pints

I LOVE to read facts like this. It ‘s such a reminder of how marvelous and wonderful our God is. God has chosen for our soul to be housed by these magnificent surroundings. More and more I am reminded of how I need to take care of this gift that God has me. This next year, I really want to focus on being better to my body and to always keep in the forefront of my mind about how wonderful God has made my body and that if I don’t take care of this body that God has so fearfully and wonderfully made, then I am not going to be able to fully serve Him at my full potential. Our bodies truly are a gift from the Lord.

I am going to strive to be more healthy and more active this year. I did somewhat better this past year but I want and can do better this coming year. I am about to have my third child in about four weeks. I realize that with another one on the way and already having an active two year old boy, that I need to be in shape and healthy so I will feel good and be all that I need to be for my family too, not just for myself.

So when I am tempted to forego eating healthy or exercising I want to remember this saying:

“A strong, healthy body can provide a lifetime of happiness.”

We need to make sure that we are taking care of our greatest earthly asset.

This is kind of a New Year’s resolution for me and I wanted it to be an encouragement and even maybe a motivation for you. Just to realize how wonderful God has designed our bodies and how we really need to take care of them in order to get be our best.

So, now that we have had our time to eat and snack to our heart’s content over these last few weeks, let’s each take a moment and try to think of at least one thing we can do this next year to help our bodies be more beneficial to the Lord and then to those around us.

And this is just a little plug, but juicing is SOOO  good for you! I plan to do much more juicing this year! I love it and the health benefits are out of this world!

Hope you have a beautiful and healthy new year!

Jennifer