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Dear Mama, You Can’t Do It All. And That’s OK.

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Dear Mama, You Can’t Do It All. And That’s OK.

In fact, that’s what God intended. We are called to rest, and rest in Him. It’s actually a prevalent biblical command to rest. 

Genesis 2:2-3 NIV states “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

The Hebrew word for Sabbath is shabbat, meaning “to rest from labor” – further seen as a day of rest, the seventh day of the week, just as in Genesis.

The Hebrew word used for rest is nuach, or to be quiet or to cease. Moreover, in the New Testament, the Greek word for rest is anapausis, or to cease or be refreshed.

Do you see a theme?

God knows that we need rest. And He designed it when he designed the days of the week and commanded Adam and Eve over his Creation. It is for our good, this rest.

We are called to be still and know who God is. We are called to rest and lay our burdens down at the feet of Jesus. We are called to be more than conquerors through Christ, living in the purpose He gives us each day. We are called to be sanctified and set apart from the world, and this surely translates to our mothering each day, in the mundane. Especially in the mundane moments.

As moms, we can take this and hold on to hope. We know we can’t do it all, but we also know Who can, and does.

Dear mama, you can’t do it all. And that’s ok. In fact, that’s what God intended.

When we feel at the end of our rope, we grab hold of His garment. When we feel as if we would crash at any moment, we grasp the cross He carries for us. When we are parched in the desert of the storms of this life, we satiate our thirst with the Living Water.

Jesus meets us in the mess, and He finishes for us. He knows you can’t do it all, mama. And that’s ok. That’s why we need a Savior, and that’s who we have in Jesus. He invites us to rest.

Rest in the presence of God.

What does this look like, in a practical everyday way, for moms?

We may be up all night with a sick toddler or teething baby. We may have gotten less sleep than we can count on the fingers of both hands…for the entire week. We never get more than halfway done with our to-do lists, or projects, before something else comes to our attention. We can hardly keep up with the laundry before the mildew sets in to the clothes that have been sitting in the washer for the past two and a half days.

It seems like anything, even being hit by a literal tornado, is more likely to happen than rest, for us moms.

This is where Jesus rescues us. This is where He works in our lives.

We reach for His garment. We pray and hold fast to the cross. We drink from the well of the Living Water.

We need rest, mamas. We can’t do it all. And that’s ok.

Even if we can’t set aside an entire day to practice sabbath (an incredible family practice to implement, if you’d like to emphasize important biblical lessons and design a set apart life in a practical way) – we can still take a sabbath rest for a set aside time each week to cease and be refreshed in God’s word and His ways.

There is always a way, when it comes to what God designed for our lives. 

Lean into Him, rest in His presence; You still won’t be able to do it all, but that’s ok, because He carries you and meets you in your lack.

Dear mama, you can’t do it all. And that’s ok. Jesus meets you there, and uses it for His glory, still. Hold on tight to the hope, and lay your burdens at His feet. I promise you, you will find rest, and grace, for your mothering, in the arms of Jesus.

~Katherine Newsom writes at Simple Natural Mama

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