Most days, I would consider myself a busy person.
I’m a stay-at-home mom. Which means I am maid, cook, chauffeur, launderer, teacher, disciplinarian, nose-wiper, owie-kisser, and bedtime snuggler.
I’m also a wife. Which means I am maid, cook, helper, proofreader, scheduler, and supporter.
Then, I’m a writer. Which for me means I am blogger, facebooker, tweeter (totally a word), commenter, reader, and creator.
Last but certainly not least, I’m a Jesus follower. Which means I’m a Bible-reader, journaler, pray-er, and introspective thinker.
That’s a lot of people to be in one day. That’s a lot of things to do.
It’s a lot of busy.
And yet, most days I don’t feel like it’s enough.
I have pinterest boards full of fun recipes and articles and toddler activities that I never actually do. I have a closet full of craft supplies for projects that remain incomplete. I have a to-do list that often looks the same as yesterdays, except a little bit longer.
A lot of the time I feel like I should be doing all of the things I need to do, and more. And if I don’t check off all the boxes on my to-do list, I’ve failed.
The truth is, I can’t do it all. And neither can you.
Productivity is great. Hard work and a responsible work ethic have their place, to be sure. But I’m guessing that if you’re a mom yourself, you don’t need to be told to work hard. You do it every day.
What you need is a reminder to rest.
Rest. It sounds impossible, right?
Actually, it’s essential.
All that busy? It’s impossible to sustain. We were created with a significant need for rest. It’s ingrained into our very being.
Embracing rest begins with accepting the very fact that we need it. That we can’t be everything to everyone all the time. That we could really use some help, and yes, a break would be lovely!
Without rest, all we have is busy. And busy after busy after busy leads to burnout. To breakdowns. To disaster. (<– tweet this)
None of which lead to the way God intended us to live.
But we’ll talk more about that tomorrow.
Today, my challenge to you is to take a serious look at your life. Look at your responsibilities, your schedule, your calendar, and evaluate it. What is essential? What is purely busywork? Take today’s to-do list and cut out one non-essential task, and do it guilt-free. Begin thinking of rest as an integral part of your life, and start to think of ways you can treat it as such. And then join us tomorrow, when we’ll talk about how we have actually been created for rest. Who knew?
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Kayse Pratt serves Christian women as a writer + designer, creating home + life management resources that help those women plan their days around what matters most. She’s created the most unique planner on the market, helped over 400 women create custom home management plans, and works with hundreds of women each month inside her membership, teaching them how to plan their days around what matters most. When she’s not designing printables or writing essays, you’ll find Kayse homeschooling her kids, reading a cheesy novel with a giant cup of tea in hand, or watching an old show from the 90’s with her husband, who is her very best friend.