Even a Mother needs her Rest.

>> Monday, April 4, 2011

Even God rested on the 7th day.
Why do we, as Mommies, sometimes not take the rest we need?

In fact, we ALL need our rest.  Our bodies wear out with all the work we have to do each day even though what we have to do is the work of God and is a blessing.  Children need their rest too.
Don't we get grumpy or feel less than ourselves when we are overtired?  Maybe we'd get more accomplished in the day if we went to bed at a decent hour to get that rest we so need.

So often, we share with each other about the need to get up early - "earlier than our children" so we can have that alone time with the Father.  I think it's great if you can do that.  My children wake up early.  I make myself go to bed at 10:30 every night even when I really want to finish reading some blogs or a book, or watch a movie or am just wide awake and think I might as well sit up.  I make it a priority to go to bed at 10:30.  Usually even on the weekends even tho I can rest a bit later on weekends.  It's a habit I have gotten my body into.  When my rest is interrupted I can surely tell it.

Last night I slept but I didn't feel like I got much sleep.  So, today, along with "female issues" I am feeling over tired, weepy and not able to get done everything I need to.  (mainly because of the female issues causing me much pain)

Do we put our children to bed at a decent hour?  They need their sleep to be happy, easier to please and a joy the next day.  Plus children of a certain age also have school and chores.  I homeschool my girls but they still have it daily, in the mornings.  And yes, they have chores.  So they need that rest.

Sometimes I think we Moms think we can get just a little more done if we stay up, or we can have a little more quiet, alone time after the children are in bed, that we can handle less sleep.

I just want to encourage you to replenish your bodies.

If you need to get up even earlier to have your quiet time with the Lord, you may want to go to bed earlier.  Maybe not.  I need a lot of sleep.  I get my quiet time during the day when I stop and tell the children (even my toddler, Hannah) to be quiet while I have my quiet time in the Bible.  They respect that.  I listen to sermons my friend Melissa sent me from her church or I listen to Revive our Hearts or I read.  Either way I have ear plugs in or I go to my bedroom and shut the door, making sure the older girls are keeping an eye on Hannah.

Here is Hannah Joy laying down to rest for movie time on a pallet.

This was not a school night.
They do not get movies unless they are watched before bedtime except on the weekends sometimes.

Here's Sarah Faith doing the same thing. :)

...and of course Miss Madi Grace!

I know how important rest is and I can't do all I need to with a joyful heart and gentle spirit if I don't get some rest.

Please let this give you something to think about.  Get your rest.  Sure, absolutely get up earlier to do your quiet time if that is what works best for you, but account that into figuring out your bedtime.

I personally enjoy getting up between 6 and 7 a.m.
So, my bedtime, whether I am up for it or not is 10:30.

I pray God blesses you and speaks to you as you go to Him about this matter.  May you be blessed and see great changes as you get a bit more rest.

Smiles, Cass


Lisa Grace April 4, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

Rest is so important; we have learned over the years that we need it. After all, God set the example for a reason! Thanks for sharing ... and your daffodils are lovely.

Anonymous April 4, 2011 at 10:06 PM  

I fully agree and found it neat that I just shared about trying to institute a quiet time in our home every day.

I hope that you feel better :)

Anonymous April 5, 2011 at 1:16 AM  


You are so right. Wives and Mothers do need their rest in order to take care of their household well. This is a place where I am lacking because I stay-up too late, and when the morning comes, I am a bit tired and "cranky." I mean it's 1:13 a.m. right now and I should be in bed, but no, I am still wide awake, urgh! :(

At any rate, thank you for your lovely comment on my blog regarding my last blog post. When I read your comment, I got tears in my eyes too. I know about those "female issues," for I'm going through one of those "issues" currently now myself, so I can relate to that all too well.

You seem like a dear lady. I have decided to follow your blog. I hope that you will follow mine and that we can get to "know" one another better.

Take care Dear Mother. :)


DeNiece Barnes April 5, 2011 at 2:56 AM  

My friend you are so right it is very important to get the rest that our body needs. I am one of the women you spoke about because I always try to found something to do or something that needs doing while the children are in bed at night , when I should be going to bed myself because I never know if my baby girl is going to sleep through the night or if she is going to wake up to be feed. (sometimes she sleeps from a little after 8 until about 6 and then sometimes she is up off and on. she will be 9 months on the 11th). Also I love the Spring sign it is so pretty. Thank you again for such a wonderful post as always it really made my morning.

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