Friday, March 15, 2013

Five-Minute Fridays - Rest

My alarm jangled like it always does, at 5am.  As I turned it off and rolled over to sink back into sleep, this thought flitted through my exhausted brain, “Maybe Lisa-Jo will pick REST for Five Minute Fridays today because I could definitely write about that.”

Then I proceeded to sleep for three more hours!

My girls were already giggling in their beds as I made my way to the kitchen for my necessary coffee, which I had to heat up because the pot my husband made had long since gone cold.  I read some things online and when my brain was finally awake enough, I clicked over to Lisa-Jo’s. 

And read that today’s prompt is: Rest

I smiled, laughed, and started to write.
 Last Saturday night we walked around the house re-setting our clocks.  It was time to Spring Forward.  After a long weekend of sleepovers and late-night teen birthday parties, every one of us was ready right then at 8:00pm to go to bed.  So we told ourselves it was already 9, set the clocks ahead and went to sleep.

After a long weekend of sleepovers, late-night teen birthday parties and losing an hour on Saturday night, I was already less than rested as the week began.  I still kept getting up at 5am for my usual gym time, but every night my body wouldn’t relax until after 11pm. 

On Wednesday afternoon the girls and I were reading outside enjoying the sunny weather, but my eyes refused to stay open.  I finally said, “Girls, I need to just close my eyes.  Why don’t you go play for a while?”  And I proceeded to nap for 30 minutes right there in a camp chair on my driveway.

Last night during Bible study with the college students, who come over every Thursday, I was literally falling asleep, trying desperately to keep my brain engaged in the saga of David and Joab and Asahel.  It wasn’t working.   I finally had to get up, splash some water on my face and eat a cookie before I could rejoin the conversation.

Resting even when I need to often can make me feel lazy, like I am perched on a slippery slope and taking this time to rest will be the first in a long line of actions that will leave me sleeping in til noon everyday, neglecting my children, and becoming terribly unproductive and useless.

I am not listening to that voice today!

Appropriate rest is a gift, as it says here in the second part of Psalm 127:2, “…he grants sleep to those he loves.”

So instead of berating myself, I am thanking Him for the extra rest this morning.

What are you thankful for today?  I would love to hear from you!

Do you struggle with that negative voice in your head too?  My friend, Elizabeth Anne, wrote a beautiful post this morning about this very thing.  It was exactly what I needed to read this morning.


  1. WOW! Thank you so much for sharing! I am in my first trimester, and both our kids have been sick, and I am reminding myself that rest is God's gift to this weary Mama. Came over from FMF. Have a blessed day!

  2. This is so good - rest is so important for us mamas. Glad you shared. And glad you're feeling freedom to rest. I am too, in 5 seconds and counting (it's my son's naptime). :)
    Blessings to you!
    (Stopping by from Lisa-Jo's)

  3. Amy..."appropriate rest" what an artful turn of phrase. I agree. Though I am now a SAHM, I eschew naps even when I desperately need them; appropriate rest is a gift, and I pledge to learn to receive it.
    Great post.
    Thank you.
    Peace and good, fellow dreamer,

  4. I am so thankful for God's gift of true rest in Him. I find that at times I think I need the physical rest when I actually just need to seek Him for a full body, soul and spirit rest.

  5. Isn't that so like God? To give you a literal rest by way of Lisa Jo's subject for today? Only He could pull off something like that! How incredible. Happy you were finally able to get some rest today. : )

  6. Visiting you again from FMF, and I relate so much to this's so hard to take time to rest when I see so many things that need to be done. I'm putting that verse from Psalm 127 on my mirror this week. Thank you for sharing your thoughts - I hope you are feeling more caught up on your own rest by the time this weekend is over. (And I'm thankful for your post today. I needed to read it.)

  7. OH, I was so thankful for her prompt today!! I need to think on rest a little bit! :)

  8. Why is it so hard to give ourselves permission to rest? I too struggle with the worry that by resting, I am somehow perched of the abyss of permanent laziness! Great post and very timely topic since this week we lost an hour of sleep! :)

  9. Those extra hours of sleep sound wonderful...what a gift! :) I don't know what it was with this time was definitely rougher than it usually is. Blessings, friend! Have a great weekend! :)