|Our sweet "girl" one morning as I went in to wake her up before school!|
Do you like a clean house? Me too. Wednesdays and Thursdays I am often home earlier than Monday, Tuesday, or Friday. Those are the days I like to get caught up on blog posts, comments, and the like as well as try to get ahead on the housework. There are somethings that I do daily, some I do every other day, but then there are some deep cleaning that I do once a week. I don't mind spending time daily cleaning ~ I like a clean and orderly home. Is my house spotless? Not by any means, but I am not usually embarrassed by a mess if friends or neighbors just happen to drop by.
But when I am tired, I don't always have a good attitude. I am learning on those day's it is better to be more quiet than normal rather than take it out on those around me. What energy I can scrounge up is usually spent in the classroom, and then in the home. If I wake up ... and feel weariness set in I know to plan an easier meal rather than a complicated one or new recipe.
The Bible tells us to be careful when we are tired. Here are a few examples of a quick search that I found:
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:30-31
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. Proverbs 25:25
17 Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. 18 When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God. 19 When the Lord your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget! Deuteronomy 25:17 - 19
I am thankful for this "weary" feeling. It is a GREAT reminder that I can't do this on my own. I can't be the wife I desire to be alone. I can't be the mother my heart instructs me to be alone. I can't teach a room of 4 year olds alone. Guess what. I can't even blog here on the blog alone. EVERY single post I have shared has truly been God inspired! I need HIS leading every moment of the day, and it is painful to be weary and feel like I do not have His guiding hand!
It's okay to be tired. It's okay to admit that you didn't get enough rest, need to find better balance. It's okay to say "HEY! I NEED time to do nothing!" But .... before getting out of control with a poor attitude, or this "poor me, I have to do all this work and no one works as hard as me" kind of mentality ~ go to God first! He will give you enough! It may be just enough for the day, but really that is all you need right?! On days that I know I am weary ~ like yesterday I make sure that dinner is done and cleaned up early, and that I am tucked into bed at a better time than the night before. Especially if I truly feel tired! I believe in philosophy "Eat when your hungry, stop when your satisfied. Sleep when your sleepy. Drink when your thirsty". There is a reason God gives us those cues! We need to heed to them!