Written by contributing writer, Daniele Evans from Domestic Serenity.
Alright, I know what you’re thinking. Maybe you’re even laughing. Listen to the…quiet?
And you’re wondering just where this post is going. We could probably agree that a daily spa moment of sorts is helpful to our well-being. But just how to make this happen may seem a mystery.
So, hear me out and offer your thoughts as well?
I know Mama. I know. A household full of little ones, homeschooling, cooking, cleaning, ministry, training, teaching, being a wife, a friend, a sister — where in the world does a daily pause fit in!?
May I suggest today that it naturally doesn’t? At least not all on its own. This time will not just happen…it must be created.
First, we must embrace the necessity of pause, of rest. Rest is not man’s idea, it’s God’s. Man takes it farther than ever intended and makes it laziness, but true rest was designed and demonstrated by a loving God from the beginning. He knew just what people, Moms like you and me would need.
Rest honors God’s way and design; we give glory to Him when we follow His command to rest.
True rest includes pausing to reflect upon our work. For we were also created for purpose-driven Christ-honoring work, yet not without pause. Stepping back before moving on is simply wise. It’s not waiting until we’re completely exhausted and burnt out, then finally collapsing. God’s example in Creation offers a daily rhythm of reflection to think upon and consider our work — to name what is good.
We Moms have trouble with this, at least I do. I lean more towards thinking on all that still needs doing instead of celebrating what has been accomplished. But still, we should think on what is lovely, excellent and praise-worthy :: yes, this includes our work!
Because the nature is reflection, a midday or late afternoon break is what I’m suggesting. A short time of 15 to 30 minutes to separate morning work from evening work, to refuel a little before going on.
Now, no need to cancel vacation plans, a visit with a friend, or digging into a good book. Rest can and should also include leisure; engaging in pleasurable activities or interests provides refreshment as well. Jesus often took his disciples away and on one occasion fixed breakfast on the beach for them — sounds nice and leisurely to me!
What if you did just that? Created a space and time for moments of daily pause, of quiet? With the purpose of reflection upon your work, and for a bit of leisure as well. But, let’s be very real. Many of us are in a season of fullness, of numerous responsibilities. Just how do we accomplish such a task?
I’m sounding like a broken record, but the first step is believing that you should. Then quickly following up with believing that there is a way, that it is possible. Before we get to the nitty gritty and some suggestions (that’s an upcoming post!), may I encourage your heart? Too often, we jump on a band-wagon thinking…
“Yeah, this is just what I need!! Tomorrow, right now, I’ll start this daily pause thing! WHOOP!, Whoop, whoop….fizzle, fizzle. Oh, well. I guess that just didn’t work for me.”
End of story. That’s living intensely, not intentionally.
Maybe you’re ready to start now, by all means…move forward! But, maybe you just need to take a baby step, to consider just how this all might work. To prepare and plan for making room.
Begin with prayer. Asking God to convince your heart of this need. Stretching your faith muscles to believe it can happen.
Take an inventory of your days. Nothing fancy, just be more aware of how things flow, thinking about when and where a pause would most benefit your schedule and routine.
In the comments, feel free to offer thoughts :: do you see a need for this in your days? what would you view being a hindrance to taking time for a daily pause — where could you use suggestions or help?
We’ll seek to answer or address questions in the next post. I absolutely do not have all of the answers! But, I’m convinced we can learn and grow together in this community.
To God be all glory….