It’s been one year since I updated this blog. Thankfully, super hubby fixed all my blog problems, and I’m back! I feel a little pressure to make this a good entry since it’s been so long since I’ve written.
What’s really on my mind is the idea of REST. 2011 was a whirlwind year for me. Between the addition of little Ethan and his ever active older brother, and a growing business that I’m so excited about, I was one busy lady. And while I consider myself to be energetic and able to handle a lot of activity, I found myself at the end of 2011 desperate for a quiet moment. Anxious for peace.
Gone are the days of reading magazines by the pool. Here are the days of baby floaties and SPF 45. Gone are the days of leisurely window shopping at the mall. Here are the days of 15 minute grocery runs and trying to keep us stocked with wipes and diapers. Gone are the days of experimenting with fancy recipes. Here are the days of just making sure we eat 3 meals a day and cover all the food groups.
Don’t get me wrong, I love this season of life. And it’s already passing by too quickly. I find myself hugging my babies tight and kissing their slobbery checks and cherishing in my heart that they still love their mama’s affection.
But as every woman who has traveled down this road called motherhood with tell me, it is hard to find time for yourself during this season of life. Times of rest and rebalancing. Times to filter what to take to heart and what to let go of.
At the end of 2011, I found myself tired, stressed, and without peace. I read a book about a guy who hit burnout. And it wasn’t pretty. He went to a monestary for 1 week. Obviously he wasn’t a mother of small children. :) Biggest lesson he learned was to incorporate times of rest into his life. So that’s my main goal for 2012: to learn what it means as a busy mommy, who thinks she can also grow an international business, while learning to love her neighbor, and find what it means to REST in the midst of this demanding season of life.
For me, I’m discovering times of rest come with a cup of coffee (and it’s bonus if there is a cookie involved), in a quiet place with good ambiance. And I definitely need a paper and pen to dump out all the things floating in my head.
In those times, I remember the words of Jesus and I am encouraged: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” ~Mt 11:28-29
How do you find rest?
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