by Jasmine Woods
Soul rest you say, even just hearing those words somehow brings life to the soul, like it’s exactly what we crave in this crazy busy life perhaps without even knowing it. Don’t you think?
How do we find rest in the midst of the demands of work, parenting, being a spouse, cooking, cleaning, endless places to be and social media platforms to check, just to name a few.
I am the mother of two young boys. One active, boisterous, inquisitive, did I say active, 2 year old, and a second also active, also inquisitive 8 month old who’s favourite thing to do is get himself in the way of his older brother resulting in a swift push to the head and a nice bruise for the memory. Oh and did I mention the little one hasn’t been a huge fan of night time sleeping thus far (though I’m pleased to share he’s promised me his new years re-soul-ution is to sleep through the night in 2018). All this to say you could probably surmise that our family is in a season in life where our opportunities for ‘rest’ are more limited than in seasons passed.
Come to me all you labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for you souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden light.
For our family one of the ways we can come to God, and make ourselves available for him to give us this rest is by building margins into our life. Creating breathing room in our life. Meaning not living maxed out, with no spare energy, time, money or slots in the diary. Maybe even saying no to a thing or two. So that when unexpected things come up, and they always do, like kids getting sick or a last minute thing we simply must do/be at/make, we’re not completely wiped out. Margins help us to maximise the quiet time when it comes and be more present and available to what God’s doing and saying to our family each day.
How can you create a little margin in your life? Room to breath? Room for God?