Have you ever noticed how our sleep (or lack thereof) becomes a contest of sorts amongst moms? We read our sleep deprivation statistics like those of baseball games and golf stars. “He’s up every two hours.” “They took turns keeping me up.” “I haven’t slept in four years.” On and on. Are we looking for sympathy? A medal? Or maybe talking about it makes us feel better. At least we can win at something. Or maybe it’s like coffee: a stimulus.
Personally I don’t want to win the “I haven’t slept more than you haven’t” game. I want sleep. But most importantly I want rest. For my body and my soul.
Rest comes in the middle of the day when all of a sudden kids are getting along and the chores are on hold and you look out the window and see tree branches rustling in the gentle breezes. Rest comes when you’re driving down the road, listening to the dulcet tones of Josh Groban, and you see hawks catching the breezes. Rest comes when you stop and pay attention to the little things.
I feel like I can’t keep up with myself. I am trying to be OK with that. But if I do not allow space for rest I will not be the mom I need to be, the friend I know I am, or the woman God intends me to be.
STOP. This week’s Five Minute Friday post is in response to the prompt REST
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