March 24, 2011

Queen of the Castle: Week 10

We're back to week 10 since we had to switch it around a bit to do the St. Patrick's Day chapter.  We started on week 17 of Queen of the Castle: 52 weeks of encouragement for the uninspired, domestically challenged or just plain tired homemaker HERE (in April of 2010).

This week's chapter is "Taking a Sabbath".  Lynn, the author, speaks to our hearts on the topics of rest.  Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, have a part-time job, or are a mom with a full-time job  (outside the home, that is...all moms have full-time 24/7 jobs!) we all need a rest. 

What usually happens when we are super busy, running from this activity to that activity, and going non-stop?  Yep...we get cranky, tired, and sometimes ill.   Our crazy-busy non-stop activity with no rest has an effect on everyone in our families.  As the saying goes "When momma ain't happy, no one's happy".  So true in our house.  My mood often times makes way for the mood of the rest of the house.  If I'm tired and stressed it permeates the rest of the house.  When I'm rested and content then everyone else is too (usually!).

How do we get that rest?  Some moms feel the need to get rest by attending a retreat or a getaway.  Some just need a day away.  Others might not have that luxury so they need to be creative.  I personally don't have the option of a get-away, but enjoy the little moments of peace and quiet that come here and there.  Sundays are a day that we try to set aside for rest and relaxation in our home.  We begin our day by having a simple breakfast; usually a muffin or something that's easy to eat for breakfast.  Then we scoot off to church for Sunday School and worship time.  For lunch on Sundays I try to have something in the crock pot that was mostly prepped the night before so all I have to do in the morning is pop it in.  After lunchtime we usually relax and visit with the kiddos often reading the newspaper and ads while sharing some stories that we're reading.  We choose for the kiddos to not play on the computer or play video games on Sunday (Saturday is their only day for the Playstation).  The house is more peaceful with a lot of technology out of the way.  We may watch a football or basketball game, depending on who is playing.  Of course we doze and nap while the little one is napping.  If hubby doesn't have any school or church work to do (a rare day) we may watch a movie while snacking on popcorn or any other treats one of the kiddos decide to make.  We end the day with dinner of what is left over in the fridge or pb & j.  Hubby teaches full-time, has a part-time church job, and works all day Saturdays at a power equipment shop so a free Sunday afternoon is a rarity for him and a blessing for us!  Even if he is busy I try to make it a day of rest for myself so I can be refreshed for the week to minister to my families needs.

How do you take time to rest?
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"So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.  For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore, let us be diligent to enter that rest."  Hebrews 4:9-11

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