Confession. I am tired. Tired with a big, fat capital T. The kind of tired that a 10,000 hour nap wouldn’t even begin to touch.
I am a mom of two wild boys (4 years and 2 years old). I work full time and have class two nights a week with homework and studying to do. I spend a lot of my week running solo. My husband works two jobs so a lot of the household chores and management fall on my shoulders.
It can be a lot to say the least. Some days I take it all in stride and others, not so much.
What is the difference then? What makes or breaks my stride?
In this season of life, I have to be extra intentional about seeking it out, about cultivating it into my day to day. So, with spring on the horizon (at least theoretically!), we are going to spend a few posts chatting renewal.
And for me, renewal comes when I refocus. Renewal comes when I put first things first. When I put Him at the center and let everything else fall into place…that, that right there is the game changer between me taking things in stride and me riding the hot mess express.
So what does that look like for me? I don’t claim to be a genius or perfect at it, but here are a few things I started to make habits that have helped bring renewal….
- Before I open my eyes in the morning, I pray. For the day, for His presence to be felt, for His eyes and heart for the people and work I will encounter.
- On the way to work, I pray with my boys for their days.
- Turning off the radio. This gives me time to think, pray, and just be with Him without the constant ear pollution.
- Disconnecting from the phone and leaving the TV off.
- Worship music always – while I am at work, while I am doing housework, while I am putting my boys to sleep – it helps remind me that everything I do is an act of worship.
- Getting in the Word daily – listening to it, reading it, hearing pastors preach it.
Most importantly, renewal comes best when I remember where my strength comes from. It doesn’t come from the latest self-care craze, over-indulgence, a bottle of wine, or a girls night out.
Renewal comes when I turn back to Him. It is just that simple.
Matthew 11:28-30// “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”