Tuesday, June 14, 2011

He gives you the rest you need

Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, 
and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

If you're a mom, you've been there.  You bring your newborn home from the hospital.  Said newborn sleeps peacefully all day long while visitors enjoy the baby, passing it around and sharing cuddles.  The visitors leave, and darkness falls on the house.  Suddenly, that peaceful newborn decides it's time to wake up!  Through the night you find yourself pacing the halls, wondering whatever happened to the sleep you used to enjoy.  You can usually spot a parent of a newborn at a glance--they seem to go about their day in a fog, so tired from being up all night.

It's not only the newborn years that can cause you to lose sleep--we all know that!  Nightmares, thunderstorms, middle-of-the-night needs for drinks, or sickness can all cause us to lose the rest that we so need as busy moms.  The next day after that lost sleep is usually spent wanting a nap that we just can't have.  There are nights when you wonder if you'll ever get a full night of sleep again!

Although as a mom we may never feel completely rested, there is a place that we can find rest, and that is with Jesus.  There's so much going on in our lives, so much that seems to go wrong on a daily basis.  There's times you can lose hope and just think that you're not going to make it through.  Within the pages of the Bible, there's hope.  In God's Word lies our Savior, the answer to all of our problems.  He came to earth to die for our sins, and to bring us perfect rest and peace through Him.  

That's why it's so important, for us as moms, to stay connected with God's Word.  No matter how exhausted we are and how many sleepless nights we have, we can always find rest within the pages of the Bible.  God's Word gives us the peace that we need in our daily lives.  It holds the answers to all of life's problems, and keeps us close to our Savior.  In the end, Jesus brings us the rest that we need.

Dear Heavenly Father, as a parent, I spend a lot of time tired.  There are days it seems I just won't make it through.  Thank you for sending your Son for me, and giving me the rest I need through Him.  Help me stay connected to you through Your Word, so that I can feel refreshed.  In Your name I pray, Amen.

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