Finding Rest in the Mess

Finding Rest in the Mess at, Christian mama, toddler mom, motherhood, encouragement

For my first “messiness” post, My House Is Clean But I’m A Mess, click here.

I don’t know about you, friends, but I am so bad at resting. My mind sprints in ever-expanding circles; I constantly add items to my mental lists and allow my mama guilt to increase because I cannot accomplish everything. There are so many people and projects I want to invest in, on top of my daily tasks of homemaking and mommy-ing which often sap my strength for the day. Most of the goals I long to achieve are good and worthy pursuits, but it just isn’t possible to do it all.

Yesterday I was weary and sleep deprived. I do not enjoy napping—rather, I want to accomplish all the things while my little guy naps!—but I just couldn’t survive the day without rest. As much as I wanted to fight off the exhaustion, I knew I had to surrender to sleep for my own wellbeing. Not surprisingly, I felt refreshed. Napping didn’t solve all of my problems, but my physical need of sleep did remind me of my intense need for true and lasting rest.

I always come back to these verses:

Three times I pleaded with the Lord… But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  [ 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 ]

Wow, do I need this reminder everyday. This life is not about having it all together, but about pointing to the One who holds everything in His mighty hands, who sees our faults and fears and fakery and loves us still. It’s about saying, YES, I am broken. So, so broken. But the Potter who made me has the power to mend me perfectly, and even if He allows me to remain broken right now, I know that His purpose will prevail. Maybe my brokenness will lead to the healing of another. Maybe my weakness will remind someone else that it’s okay to come as we are. Remembering that is true rest from the weariness of the world.

From a practical standpoint, I need to remind myself of this: Some days all we can accomplish is keeping our people fed and loved. Some days we need to put down the dish sponge for a minute and pray earnestly for the strength to keep running the race, even when it feels like we’re hitting a brick wall. Some days we need to be reminded that we aren’t going to accomplish everything… and it’s okay. We certainly aren’t fooling God; He sees and knows us and loves us still. And even if we manage to fool everyone else, is that a worthy feat?

Be encouraged today, sweet friends. Yes, someone still needs to wash the dishes. I get it. But your hope and identity are not in the cleanliness of your home, the behavior of your children, or the steadfastness of your heart. They are in the anchor of your Savior, who promises rest to the weary.

And if you ever want to talk about feeling restless, I’m your girl. I don’t have the answers, but I know the One who does 🙂


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