“After this weekend things should slow down a bit.”

I’ve said this for years. Even my older kids call me out on it now. To be honest, I’m really sick of saying it. It is so hard to budget space into life these days.

Homeschooling, work, church, side jobs, home repairs, home admin, birthdays, sleepless nights with a baby, heck even just the laundry….everything seems to be a neverending to do list require the pace of an Olympian to accomplish. But even an Olympian budgets rest somewhere right?

I use the term budget sincerely. Our time, like our money, is going to go somewhere and if we don’t tell it where to go, we lose it. Some days I find myself spending more time looking at what needs to be done than actually doing anything. I imagine the exhaustion ahead, staring wide eyed into a day full of tasks that seem impossible. All the while the minutes tick by.

I don’t ‘worry’ about tomorrow too often. I’ve lived through quite a few today’s and seen God’s provision, strength and care show up in plenty. I don’t doubt for a second that He will do it again tomorrow and today too!

Occasionally though, I look at the week, internally scream, determine I’m becoming a hermit, living of the land, foraging for our next meal and everyone is getting two changes of clothing each for the remainder of their lives. Then I realize that gopher stew doesn’t sound all that appealing, foraging is hard, as is isolation and I actually like clothes, so that’s all out.

The song “One day at a time” brings a little comfort and a good reminder.

"I'm only human.
I'm just a woman.
Lord help me believe in what I could be and all that I am.
Show me the stairway.
That I need to climb.
And Lord for my sake
help me to take
just one day at a time.

One day at a time sweet Jesus, that's all I'm asking of you.
Just give me the strength
to do everyday
what I need to do.
Yesterday's gone, sweet Jesus
and tomorrow may never be mine. God help me today,
show me the way,
one day at a time."

Listen to it

One thing my mom told me years ago is “rest is a state of mind.” She’s right. You can be extremely busy and still in a mindset of rest. I practiced this with my kids. I declared a mid week day of rest. We still did chores but we made it a point to maintain our peace and not allow anything to stress us out. To slow down and take time to be aware of our time, the rest available to us and our state of mind.

So, “after this weekend things will slow down a bit.” And eventually they will. Until then, while I’m in this busy season of child rearing and life – Lord Jesus, help me to walk in the rest that’s available from You today. Amen.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matt 11:28-30

Published by Anna Marcella

Wife, mom, teacher, creator.

One thought on “Pace

  1. What a lovely thought, Anna. Your Mom was right about rest being a state of mind, but reaching that state is not always easy. May Jesus teach you how to truly experience His promise of rest for the weary. One thing I do know; if you want to rest, expect something on the list to go undone because I guarantee when you die, your in-box will still be full.


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