We live in a busy world.

Set alarm, get up and get going all the day long. Our bodies, our brains are in constant motion, and moments that once offered us some respite from all the noise are now occupied by newsfeeds and tweets and picking the prettiest filters.

We’re bombarded by the busy; we’re seduced by it, too.

I look at my kids, and that’s all they want to do—keep busy.

Busy playing games, busy making messes, busy running hard and fighting harder. Busy doing homework and trying to keep up with friends and making themselves stand out and doing all the things.

So mom stays busy, too.

Busy cleaning and busy cooking and busy answering questions, so many questions. Busy worrying and busy Googling and busy working our hardest to give them the very best.

And it’s wearing us out.

So why not consider a different way? And instead of sweating over an attempt at being the best, let’s accept the invitation to know something even better. 

Jesus says, “Come.” That’s all. Not finish the dishes or hang up the laundry first.

Simply come.

He’s invited us to break from all the busy and come to Him to find peace. Pray. Read His Word. Rest.

And nothing sounds sweeter to my ears than to rest.

The thing is, our mommy hearts fight it. They fight the surrender of control and the letting go. We believe all those thoughts hurrying us along are intended to help and not hurt. Yet, they can exhaust us and stretch us thin. We need to slow down, and we need to look up, and we need to be comforted as much as we need to comfort.

And all along, Jesus gently says, “Come.”

Will you join me and set some time aside to seek Him and break free today? Consider your schedule and how you can prioritize to keep what’s important, important. 

And as that familiar hymn reminds us “the things of Earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”  

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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

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Jaclyn Warren

Stay-at-home mommy of four on mission to encourage parents to savor the meaningful in the midst of the messy. Take your 15 minutes; it’s your turn for timeout.