Sometimes I’m just tired. Although most days I manage to do my grown up chores to keep my family afloat, sometimes the busyness of life with three children takes its toll on me. How about you? Just this morning, my alarm went off at the usual 5:30 am, but I could. not. get. up. I snoozed twice (I thought) and before I knew it, it was 6:45! Oooops! I hate it when that happens!
I forced myself out of bed and went straight to Emma’s room. My poor sweet girl struggles to get up in the morning just like her daddy. I was glad she seemed more awake than I was. A quick thought about sweet, creamy coffee popped in my mind, but I had to get Jack up first. Luckily my boys wake up alert and ready for the day. No problem there.
Uniforms, hair and teeth brushing, breakfast, signing daily folders… its amazing what happens in a short amount of time in the morning. (That is why I usually get up at 5:30.) Thankfully, everything turned out okay. Ian and the kids were out the door on time and I had a chance to take a breath once it was just Luke and me. I eventually did make my coffee and it was glorious.
Some days are better than others. We feel tired. Life seems repetitive and boring. We wonder if anything we are doing even matters. At least I do. Do you?
There is good news! I love the following verses from The Message version of the Bible.
“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.” Matthew 11:28-30The Message (MSG)
I don’t know about you, but this encourages me. I don’t have to do it alone. Although this morning I was just tired because I needed more sleep, sometimes I’m tired for other reasons. I get tired of the same old routine. I get tired of my daily chores. I get tired of feeling like I can do better. I get tired of feeling responsible for my family, all four of them. I get tired of feeling tired all the time!
Thank you, Lord, that I can come to you. Thank you that you refresh and replenish me when I need you to. Thank you for that generous grace you shower upon me each and every day. Thanks for not letting me do it alone. I’m grateful.