A New Years Resolution
By Kimberly Chastain
I rarely meet a mother
who is not tired. Sometimes I think that is the definition
of being a mother. As soon as you sit down to relax
someone needs something or there is a “crisis”.
A definition of a crisis certainly is in the eye of
the beholder. We all get tired and when we get tired
we often neglect our time alone with God.
Recently, I got a way
for a weekend by myself. I was weary, tired, and needed
relief. I stopped at the grocery store before I left
and saw a book entitled, “When Women Need to Rest”
by Cindy McMenamin. (You will see the book on the Resource
page of www.christianworkingmom.com)
The book was calling my name. So, I got the book
and took it on my trip. I desperately needed to hear
what it said.
One important point of
the book that stuck out in my mind (my paraphrase) was:
Maybe God wants you to start doing less for him and
just spend time with him. When was the last time you
rested in the Lord? Do you come running to him and want
to just crawl up in his lap and rest? Often, as women
we give and give until there is nothing left.
Our children go through
stages. In the beginning, they need us for everything
and often feel like “Velcro children”. We
are needed non-stop. Then, they get a little older and
really don’t even want to talk with us and we
crave that conversation. I think God, our Heavenly Father,
craves to hear from his children. He wants us to come
running to Him and tell Him about our day, our concerns,
our triumphs, and our failures. He says, “I am
longing to talk with you. Rest in Me and I will take
care of you.”
So, I encourage you this
year instead of trying to do more at home, work, or
church make a conscious decision to REST. Rest in God
and spend time with him. See what God has to say to
you and let him fill you with his peace. I have often
found I am less tired if I am consistently spending
time with God and resting in Him. God is the ultimate
stress reliever, peace giver, and burden bearer. Make
rest a priority in 2005.
© 2004 Kimberly Chastain
About the Author
Kimberly Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working
Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
She was recently featured in the book the Myth of the
Perfect Mother. She is the author of “Help, I
Just Can’t Say No” and Pearls of Encouragement
for Christian Working Moms. To schedule a free, initial
coaching session send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit http://www.christianworkingmom.com/online.htm.
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