As mom, there is a power I possess in my family. It’s the power to set the emotional tone and atmosphere for my family’s day. Yet, I often resent having this power because I so frequently misuse it.
I act as a thermostat. If I’m grouchy, then quite likely my children will be too. However, if I approach the day with quiet confidence, then more often than not, my children will respond to the restful environment.
A humbling thought has slowly dawned about my home: The state of my heart affects my family far more than any of my plans.
Do you approach each day with a heart that is at rest?
Or would you answer “yes” to any of these questions:
- Are you plagued by anxiety?
- Do you fear you are not enough for raising your children?
- Are you overwhelmed by the busyness of life?
- Do you constantly search for better resources to help you parent?
Are there days when you can identify with Job?
“I am not at ease, nor am I quiet, and I am not at rest, but turmoil comes.”
Job 3:26 (NASB)
If your answer is yes, I guarantee you that you are not alone. There is an epidemic of unrest among moms. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Our hearts can be changed!
God’s Desire for Mom’s Heart
I am convinced God wants us to dwell in rest. He wants us to enter into His presence and walk through the day with quiet confidence that He is with us. He wants us to trust He has purpose for each of our days, and His purpose is good.
Consider His Word:
- “In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 (NASB)
- “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
- “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14 (NIV)
- “Come to Me…and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NASB)
- “My soul finds rest in God alone.” Psalm 62:1 (NIV)
God wants you to live with a restful heart. He wants you to live in rest so that you can be the mother He created you to be. He wants you to lead and nurture your children. He wants you to be a blessing to the people around you.
But they are not the main reason He desires rest for your heart.
God wants you to live with a restful heart because He loves you! He delights in you, and He wants you to delight in Him. Living in rest only comes from being in God’s presence, and He wants you close.
Perhaps you are nodding along saying, “Yes! I want to live with a restful heart. But how is this possible?” My goal in writing about Rest for Mom’s Heart is to give us practical ideas of how we can pursue getting close to Jesus in the midst of life.
Upcoming topics include:
- Intentional Rest Stops (for the mom who can’t find time to stop)
- Who Am I? (for the mom who has lost her identity as a woman)
- Simple Steps toward Structure (for the mom who needs a plan)
- Restful Thoughts for the Plan (for the mom who trusts too much in the plan)
- How to Be an A+ Mom (for the mom who wants to succeed)
- State of Swing: Being Propelled by the Holy Spirit (for the mom who needs to know what to do next)
- Seeking God First (for the mom who fails having a daily quiet time)
- Taking the Next Step (for the mom who is overwhelmed)
- Desperation + Determination + Diligence (for the mom who is desperate for change)
- Not Yet (for the mom who needs guidance and wisdom)
- Commonplace Journal for Beginners (for the mom who wants a tool for her personal learning)
- Beauty in our Brokenness (for the mom who is brave enough to seek purpose in the trials)
Want some ideas right now?
Just click on one of these links:
- How to Effortlessly Be the Best Mom Ever
- What Rest is Not
- 3 Questions to Foster Rest for Your Soul
- 2 (not-so-simple) Steps to Cling to Jesus
- Just Stay Calm
Will you commit to seeking God’s presence to live in a state of rest? Will you stay close to Jesus so you can minister to your family from a heart at rest? Will you join me as we encourage one another to pursue this seemingly elusive state of rest?
Moms, we can pursue living with a restful heart by daily clinging to Jesus. As He changes our hearts, we can use our power in our homes for good.