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Momma Bears Part 3

bear hibernatingMomma bears know how to rest.

I’m not talking about sitting down for a minute and catching our breath – I’m talking about real, true REST.

One of the worst things someone can say to a mother of young children is, “So, what did you do today?”.

You don’t really want to know and sometimes we can’t even articulate what happened – it’s as thought the day happened TO US, instead us making the day happen {can I get an ‘amen’}.

But the difference between “crazy mommas” and being a momma bear is that we know when we need to, and how to truly stop and rest.

Did you know that some bears hibernate for almost 8 months?!

They don’t eat, drink…they even have such a low metabolism that they stop peeing!

Hmmmmm…that sounds a lot like some of my days. I eat when I can, drink the rest of the kids’ pop and I’ve learned to hold my pee for a very long time.

I want to be a momma bear that can let go and rest – this is NOT an easy task for me.

I’ve taken one of those “strengths assessment” things a couple of times and my #2 strength is {drum roll please}

achiever

I don’t accomplish things for accolades. Nope, I just am not satisfied with finishing one thing and then stopping. Before I finish a task I’m already thinking about the next one and planning my approach.

My husband said it best, “It is exhausting being married to you”.

Before you throw angry looks at your screen please know that he supports me 100% and he loves my drive – but I need him. He reminds me to stop, look around and enjoy where I am in stead of always looking ahead.

So, being an achiever, the word “rest” is like a nasty 4-letter word to me..well, it used to be.

Call it age, call it experience, call it parenting for 13 years – I’ve FINALLY begun to appreciate the act of and the necessity of resting. My life is balanced and it has been for some time. I’ve been practicing this technique and putting an emphasis on resting ever since I started writing “Mom Essentials”. God broke me down and showed me just how ugly and broken I really was and THEN He allowed the Bible Study to be completed.

The process took 3 years – I’m a slow learner I guess.

As I’ve been focusing on this “rest-filled” mindset I’ve found comfort in some beautiful words from my devotions and scripture. I hope you’ll read these and find the same encouragement. Sometimes as moms we just have to stop and breathe. Deep breaths in and out and just focus on breathing for a minute.

From Jesus Calling – July 21…

“Rest in My presence when you need refreshment. Resting is not necessarily idleness, as people often perceive it. When you relax in My company, you are demonstrating trust in Me. Trust is a rich word, laden with meaning and direction for your life. I want you to lean on, trust, and be confident in Me. When you lean on Me for support, I delight in your trusting confidence.”

From The Message…

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Wow.

I’d LOVE to live freely and lightly. It doesn’t mean I live without care or concern – I still have to do laundry, make dinner, go to work…the list goes on and on…

But amongst my list…within my crazy day…I can rest.

One minute I’m a momma bear with her roar known and the next I can be them momma bear sitting back, playing with her kids and truly resting.

Resting in the truth that I’m not the only one on my side.

Resting in the truth that God is enough.

Resting in the truth that tomorrow’s worries cannot be remedied today so I might ask well rest in the moments God has given me.

I hope you are able to rest this week and enjoy your cubs. let’s hibernate together and trust that God’s hand is on us – almost creating a cave of protection. Rest momma, He’s got this.

Blessings –

Kasey

Checkout  all the posts in this series…

Meet the Momma Bears

Momma Bears Part 1

Momma Bears Part 2

Be Still

stormI remember hearing the congregation in our church sing the words, “Be still and know that I am God”.  I remember it clearly because usually we would sing only with our voices – no instruments – and I loved it!  It was as though God’s presence was there, inhabiting the praise of His people.  I always struggled with wanting to just listen, not sing, trying to take it all in.

I’m finding it more of a challenge to be still during these days of transition.  I guess that’s all life really is – one big transition – but it all seems so urgent and constant right now.  I have to remind myself to listen.  To sit. To be still.  These actions sound so basic, but when I finally get to sit and be still I usually end up falling asleep :o.

God is challenging me to keep a balance between my efforts, my good intentions, and my time with Him.  I’m learning to be still, to claim the truth that He IS God and release my anxieties upon Him.  One of my favorite lines from the devotional My Utmost For His Highest says – “Do I really dare to let God be to me all that He said He would be?”.  What a powerful question!  Because if I answer “yes” than I cannot possibly fret, fear, doubt or worry about my life. 

If  He is my everything, I can be still – even in the midst of screaming children.  If He is my everything I can be still and know that He is going to take care of us even when the numbers don’t work for the monthly budget.  If He is my everything I can be still and know that He is my rock when it seems like the world around me is spinning out of control. 

In the New Testament book of Mark Jesus’ disciples were scared, full of doubt and in the middle of one of the worst storms to hit their small boat.  Jesus was asleep while all this was going on and even after the discciples doubted His concern for their welfare He did what He always does, He took care of things.  Mark 4:39 states: He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

You might feel like God is “asleep” or that you are alone, being tossed around by life – but God is right there with you.  He’s holding you close.  He knows your heart and your mind – He loves you.  I hope that today you will have a moment to sit and be still, trusting in His presence, His promises and claiming His peace.  The Psalms say it best: 

Psalm 46:10…”Be still, and know that I am God”

Psalm 37:7…Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret…

I pray that no matter what happens, what events occur; that  you too will be able to be still, to wait upon the Lord and not fret.  Our God is a loving God – He’s waiting to wrap His loving arms around you and fill you up…make time for Him and He will be there.


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