Confession Of A Mom: Who Really Needs A Nap

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Laundry, dishes, sweeping, scrubbing, teaching, cooking, and changing endless amounts of diapers. A mother’s job is never-ending. We sacrifice our bodies, minds (I am out of mine most of the time), energy, and time. We pray for our children and our husbands. We don’t complain much about what we do because we love it. But, if we are honest with ourselves, we would all admit that we need a break once in a while.

“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 he had done.” –Genesis 2:2-3

God even knew when to take a break. He made the whole world and everything in it and then rested. He was pleased with His work and took a break to admire it. I know God designed people to rest every now and then. I am so tired some days I can barely get out of bed. But, I have three little boys who depend on me for their daily needs.

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him.” –Psalm 62:1

Though I find rest in the Lord, my body needs it as well. A nap! A nap would be so wonderful. Just 15 minutes to rest my tired eyes. Most moms always have a list or ten going at one time. A cleaning list, grocery list, to-do list, homeschooling list and so on. I am working on adding rest to my “to-do” list every day. Maybe not a nap but just some time to sit and read a book, call a friend, write in my journal. Rest.

This mama is in desperate need of a nap once in a while. I recently saw a picture on Facebook that said, “too bad all of my missed childhood naps don’t roll over.” I sure wish they did. Being a mommy is a full-time job. It is especially hard when you have all “littles”. You know, the 10 and under group. They need a lot of help and guidance. Not that the older ones don’t but the little ones just need a little more help. Add on top of that personal chef, maid, school teacher, and chauffeur. Just thinking of all of this makes me want a nap. I am declaring right now that all mommies take a nap at least once a week. When the time is right just lay down and relax. Let the cleaning and scrubbing wait until tomorrow.

“Come to Me , all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” –Matthew 11:28

Take care of yourselves, sweet mamas. Your babies need you. Your family needs you. So rest your tired eyes, rest your sore body, rest your weary soul. Let the Lord take all of your cares. He can handle them all. Close your eyes and give thanks for the many blessings around you. I know it can be hard to relax when so many things need to get done but they will be there when you are ready. Rest in the Lord so you can have more to give to others later.

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