“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.” – Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV)
I love homemade remedies for just about anything. If you’re a mother, you can probably relate to the weariness and fear when illness strikes your household. Again. At about the tenth time you walked to the cabinet for the next dose of fever-reliever, you’re beyond exhausted. But then out of nowhere, the fever miraculously breaks and there is relief! What a beautiful thing!
Yes, if you’re a mother you understand the power of over-the-counter remedies for illness. We also understand that these remedies simply mask underlying causes so our children can more comfortably fight off the illness.
Sometimes, we do that in life, don’t we? It’s just so much easier as we reach for the “quick fix” for our doubts and worries. While that may work in the moment, the “quick fixes” can’t dive deep down and sift out the root of our fear and anxieties, our pain and suffering. But God can.
3 Remedies for Motherhood Rest
I feel scattered when I’m not consistently reading God’s Word. Whether it’s a devotional, working through a Bible study, or reading the Psalms, I’m reading the truth and God’s promises. Planting seeds of God’s truth in my soul helps ground my days.
Order Your Priorities
Don’t feel overwhelmed! Start small and purposeful. Take a step back and examine your priorities. Take several moments to list out ALL of your priorities.
Then pick a couple that are mandatory every day. For example, mine are:
- Scripture reading,
- Homeschooling my children,
- Cooking at least one meal.
Remember, start small and purposeful.
Seek Out and Cherish Community
Like-minded friends that point us toward Christ are essential for helping us seek rest. Even when I feel so exhausted and I’m tempted to avoid my groups of friends, I feel so different when I connect. I feel less scattered and more rested because I fed my soul.
Here’s a few ideas to help you connect even in busy seasons:
- Schedule playdate while you drink coffee with a friend and the kids play
- Video or audio chat with a friend while you both do some chores (I’ve done this!)
- Attend a monthly book club or start one of your own
- Plan for a weekly text message check-in
- Read a short story or article and discuss it over text message, email, or in-person
Start small and in the Word. When life is overwhelming, remember that Christ is your Remedy and rest in Him,