Tuesday, March 19, 2013

In Need of Rest

Whew!  I'm dragging this morning. 
 
The past four days have been a little exhausting as we did lots of traveling with three children.  I woke up this morning KNOWING that I would need to draw some boundaries this week in order to catch up on some much needed rest
 
There is wisdom in knowing when it's time to rest.  For when we go, go, go without protecting our rest we become physically, emotionally, and spiritually weary. 
 
There is a danger zone that we can find ourselves in when our physical bodies are borderline exhausted.  It is in this ZONE that we are prone to make poor decisions, lose our patience, turn to worldly comforts, and walk aimlessly toward dangerous cliffs.
 
I see this very clearly in myself.  And, also, in my children when they are tired and in need of rest. 
 
They whine and fall limp to the floor at 9 am when asked to perform a very simple task like turning off the light. 
 
They are easily agitated and angered causing them to fight with their siblings over silly nonsense
 
Their eyes are foggy to what is right and tend to make poor, foolish choices. 
 
They are so far removed from common sense that they are blinded to seeing their need for a NAP. 
 
And they revert back to bad habits like peeing in one's underwear or throwing things when they do not get their way.
 
Let's just say it can get ugly. 
 
I know YOU understand.  We've all experienced this ugly transformation of our children when they desperately need rest.  And let's be honest, we've all experienced this ugly transformation personally when WE are tired...and it's only worse when we become parents.
 
The first step is admitting we are tired and in need of rest. 
 
The second is to draw some boundary lines in life to prevent a complete meltdown. 
 
And the third, and most essential, is to find renewal and rest in our Creator who NEVER enters the danger zone and who has endless strength for the weary.
 
"Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  Isaiah 40:28-31 
 
Join me today and pray the following over your children:
 
God, You ARE the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  You are never tired or weary.  Today I pray that when my youthful children are in need of rest that they would run to You and receive your strength.  I pray your strength would enable them to soar speedily and vigorously, like an eagle, through the gusty winds of life.  I pray your strength would enable them to run and walk with perseverance toward each day's adventures and IF they stumble and fall that YOU would be their source of renewal and strength.
 
Isaiah 40:28-31

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