Monday…Monday… I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Mondays. They are my rest days.
After a busy weekend starting around Thursday through Sunday, I make sure that Mondays are made for relaxing, literally laying around and doing little.
Let’s say you are a normal M-F workforce employee, I’d suggest creating space for a restful Saturday or Sunday. You get to pick and you get to enjoy.
Here I am, six months pregnant with our fifth child and working about 20 hours. If I do not rest then I’m done: done emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. As my four precious daughters are looking at mama, I want them to see a mom who trusts in God to take care of ALL of her needs, especially when I’m just out-right tired and unable to move.
I want them to see, Mama rests and Mama trusts God to provide for the energy needed to complete necessary tasks even while tired and spent all day, everyday. Sure, I’ll get tired, fail/falter but I couldn’t imagine scheduling something each day and going, going, going…to the point of mental breakdown!
For me, I will admit it: I’m only human. Being human means I will have good days and bad days. Being human means I’ll be tired some days and energetic some days. I have to listen to my body and make good choices. I want to model good habits: rest (at least) one day and work hard the rest of the week. Resting for me means to cease striving, so as a working mama, I don’t work or check work emails. I will do that early Tuesday morning and follow up with housework and all.
Here’s what I have found: when I choose to rest, I feel great most of the rest of the week. When I choose to rest, I am ready to take on the week. When I choose to rest, my kids fall in … they play together and say “ok, Mommy” a lot easier. When I rest, I set a steady rhythm/mood/feel for my family… a place of peace and love. So, as I so took the advice a friend whose kids are a lot older to pick a day to rest and further, to the advice of ancient wisdom from the Bible, I have seen much blessing and joy in rest 1 day and work hard/or work well the other six. I’m grateful and wanted to share and encourage you: rest one day and work hard & well the other six. Enjoy yourself, enjoy your family. Blessings!