Rest for the Weary: Introduction
Text: Isaiah 40:27-31
Why do our kids hate nap time? I wish I could go back in time and tell my hyper active 3 year old self to enjoy nap time. I would have been grateful for it later. But instead we fight from an early age with our parents trying to convince them in our sleepy whiny voices that we don’t need to rest…we can keep on going. My 3 year old daughter, Felicity, is outgrowing nap time. I am fighting to keep it a part of our daily routine but as she approaches her 4th birthday, I know that nap time is coming to an end. On days when we have nothing going on in the evenings I have begun to allow her to skip naps. It makes bed time less of a fight with her because by the time I say, “Lets get ready for bed,” she is exhausted from her full day. Now this child is a ball of energy that gets up at the crack of dawn (literally) and sometimes doesn’t even make it to the crack of dawn before she’s at the side of my bed announcing, “Mommy, I wake up. Where’s my juice?” She has always been our early riser and has always been one to get out of bed multiple times each night after we have tucked her in. There are many nights we will hear her in her room playing because she just decided she wasn’t ready to go to sleep. Oh, to have that much energy again!
I am exhausted each day from work, chores, homeschooling, child rearing, cooking, play dates, and I can’t forget ministry! When I think of the additional stress laid on my plate outside of just normal daily routine, I can easily become overwhelmed and weary of this life. In this long journey, I am aching for some answers to my weariness. Have you been there friend? Are you there now? Lets take a walk down weary lane together! That is exactly what we will cover this month as we discover some “Rest for the Weary!”