Before my little man came into the picture I never saw myself as a “routine” kind of person. I like to think that I was a spur of the moment, live while you can person. But now…I live for routine.
The one constant thing in my life that I solely rely on and am pretty strict about is nap time. I need those two blissful hours in the middle of the day to take care of myself. During little man’s nap time I can do pretty much whatever I want. I might clean and organize, paint a wall or two, watch a movie or, more often than not, I just nap with the kid.
There are days that the nap is off schedule because of other things going on. But for the most part we stick to it and when 11:00 comes around I start watching for signs of the much needed nap. There are even days when the little man grabs my hand and walks me into his room and climbs in his bed on his own 😳. That right there is the best gift he could ever give me.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
When I don’t take time for myself I get worn down. I get weary. I get cranky and downright rotten. I cannot be a good mother or wife when I feel like a cold cup of coffee with spoiled milk in it.
My child gets up every morning at 6:00am. His feet hit the floor and he’s ready to start the day. He runs constantly and desires my full attention. I am pushed and pulled and run over with toy tractors. I am climbed on and used as a chair. No one told me how physical motherhood would be. Then…nap time come and the birds chirp and the angels sing and I can catch my breath and all is good in the world.
Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. Psalm 116:7
Moms, I urge you to find time for yourself. Do it for you and do it for your family. You do not have to feel like you are being buried alive. Little moments of “me time” can be healing in your chaotic world.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God.
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:5-8