Small Shifts: Paper Plates and Good Books

Anna
Anna

Hey Katie! How are you doing? I know you guys have been sick so much lately! Are you all doing better?

Anna
Katie

Ugh. Yes, it’s been two or three weeks now of my kids trading off being sick. I think we are finally turning the corner! 3 of my 4 are healthy today!

Anna
Anna

Oh man! Thank goodness. That’s a long time to be cooped up with sick kiddos, and you were sick yourself too, right?

Anna
Katie

Yep, three straight days passed out on the couch for me! I think there should be a rule that moms can’t get sick. When mama goes down, it’s trouble! But I’m feeling much better now, thankfully.🙌

Anna
Anna

No kidding! Well, high five for making it through that! 👏

Anna
Katie

You know, as miserable as it is to be cooped up inside, I feel like it’s also been teaching me something important. My never-ending to-do list can actually be put on hold for a while. I haven’t gotten a lot “done” the past couple weeks. But, that’s actually been ok. The world has gone on!

Anna
Anna

Haha – isn’t it amazing?! I was sick right after Christmas — the sickest I’ve been in a while. But my husband actually had to force me to get into bed at first. After he did though, I was so grateful. And YES! SHOCKING that the whole world didn’t stop!😂

Anna
Katie

Exactly! The moms group I help with at church functioned just fine without me when I had to miss a couple meetings. Dinner was also just as filling when it was eaten off paper plates because my kitchen sink and counter were overflowing with dirty dishes that I couldn’t wash.

Anna
Anna

I LOVE PAPER PLATES!!! 👊

Anna
Katie

Life savers!!

Anna
Anna

And I love giving myself permission to use them, and other shortcuts, when I need them. That’s the thing though — can we let ourselves rest in other times, other than just when we are very sick???

Anna
Katie

Yes! And what I have been learning is sometimes I make the mistake of thinking that every one of my tasks/responsibilities is urgent right at this moment. When, in reality, a lot of things can wait. Dishes and laundry can wait until tomorrow so I can go to bed on time.

Anna
Anna

Me too! I thought I was the only one who has trouble prioritizing my tasks. Not to mention even making rest a priority at all. Going to bed on time is a HUGE one for me — it affects the next day, how I wake up, how I feel throughout the day… And yet I can just let it slide so easily… 😣

Anna
Katie

Absolutely. I do the same thing. And it affects how I interact with my kids the next day, too!

Anna
Anna

Also, do you ever feel like you just need a mental break in the middle of the day?

Anna
Katie

YES! I think sometimes I need to sit for a couple minutes to read a good book before getting started on my to-do list during my toddler’s nap. Just a couple mins can recharge me.

Anna
Anna

Exactly. Even a FICTION book, listening to music that just makes me happy, or taking a quick shower, if I have a few minutes! That can do wonders for me!

Anna
Anna
Anna

I think too, I don’t have to wait to do these things until I’m totally worn out, like in tears.😭 That’s what I tend to do.

Anna
Katie

Right! I’d like to get into a good rhythm where I am intentionally taking a little time to rest to prevent that cycle of burnout. I need to remember that’s how God designed us to function – to work and to rest.

Anna
Anna

That’s a good point. We’re not being selfish to rest. And to keep that as a priority is really going to be the best thing for everyone. (I can get really nasty when I’m overtired or overworked.😁)

Anna
Katie

I’m definitely not my best as a mom – or wife – or friend when I am overextended!

Anna
Anna

Overextended is such a good word for it. It’s like we’re stretching a rubber band too far. And it’s going to snap. God doesn’t ask us to stay at that snapping point, and it’s not healthy.

Anna
Katie

In fact, He wants the opposite for us! He wants to give us rest, to fill us up … so then we can love those around us and be productive in the work He has given us to do. Because He has filled us up to do it, NOT because we are striving to do it all on our own!

Anna
Anna

It’s such a relief, trusting He’s going to give me rest. I can work, knowing the times of rest will come back around. And I’ll be ready to take them when they do.

Anna

Soaking in the Truth

Scripture to encourage you:

  • “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, NIV)
  • “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.” (Psalm 127:2, NIV)
  • “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” (Exodus 20:11, NIV)
  • Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27, NIV)

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{These suggestions are ideas from novice moms. Sometimes our life situations need more. In that case, seeking out professional help is the right call.}

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