Rest (+Printable)

I hear her cry one more time, and I bury my head in the pillow.  I am so exhausted I can hardly think straight.  Why won't she sleep?  This is the fourth time she's been up tonight, and it's only 2:30.  No, I'm not exaggerating.

I get up, calm her down, give her a little more to eat, and then back to bed I go - and I just pray that she sleeps.  

And she does.  For four, glorious hours I get some uninterrupted sleep.  

I think the lesson this week is how wonderful it is to have rest.

I've been running ragged all week, trying to keep up with two energetic kids.  One who won't sleep, and one who is potty-training, and I'm running on nights where I haven't gotten more than two hours of sleep together.  I haven't been this tired out in a while.  So when I get them both down for a nap at once, even if it's only for an hour? When I get more than two hours of sleep at a time at night?  Those moments have been glorious.

We, as humans, need rest.  We can't function without that time to rest and re-charge, to take a break from all the things we have to do and recover.

Ironically, I've also been reading about a different kind of rest this week.

"For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains, therefore, a rest for the people of God.  For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.  Let us therefor be diligent to enter that rest. . ."
Hebrews 4:8-11

In case you missed it, this passage isn't talking about physical rest.  It's talking about the spiritual rest that God gives us when we come to faith in Him.

We don't have to work anymore.  We don't have to strive to be a "good person", go to church, follow the "rules" in the hopes that it might save us.  How exhausting!  No, God wants to give us rest.  And when we believe in what Jesus did for us on the cross, we truly have that.  

We don't have to work for it.  We just trust in Jesus, and we can rest from all the pressure of doing - not a temporary break, but a permanent vacation.  Because getting to Heaven is not about getting the good to "outweigh" the bad.  It's about what we believe about Jesus.

And even more ironically, once we give up all our good deeds and just believe in Jesus to save us, the "being good" seems to come more easily, because God can start to change us from the inside!  And we want to do what's right so we can please the One who died for us.  But that's a different post.

What a relief it is to know that I don't have to work to get to Heaven.  Jesus did all the work for me.  I just have to believe it, and enter God's beautiful rest.
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Taara said...

Ah, I love this! Rest has been in sparse quantity in our home too - I don't even remember how many times I get up to nurse my twins during the nights. And what a great reminder to rest in Gods completed work for us. Also an encouragement that he calls us to leave our earthly burdens at his feet as well. Have a happy (and restful!) Friday!

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

Thank you for sharing, Callie. Such a powerful reminder!

LeAnna said...

Love, love, love this. Christ, and what he did at the cross, IS our rest. Amen, glory, hallelujah!!!!

Brittney said...

Beautiful post - thank you for this awesome reminder. And, I hope you're able to get some physical rest soon. These are exhausting times in the life of a Mama!!

Caravan Sonnet said...

Love. Love. Love. thank you for sharing!!! :) This verse is PERFECT for me today and such an encouragement!
:) Happy Saturday friend!
:) Rebecca

Stephanie said...

Oh mama, I am right there with you! Baby A just doesn't sleep, she won't sleep in her crib for longer than an hour and wants to breastfeed all night long if she is with me. So I go back and forth between getting terrible sleep with her right next to me or only sleeping 30 minutes at a time. Rest is something we don't realize how much we need, until we don't have it! Big Sister E is also potty training, which is just mentally exhausting. Praying for you that you get the rest you need, I know I am personally a much better and more patient mama when I am rested!

Amanda said...

Great post! And I pray you also get some physical rest soon, too!

Diana Hill said...

Oh, how we do need rest! I pray your sweet girl will start sleeping again! We went through a bout of Amber waking up multiple times at night around 6-7 months. It was awful. I am sure you feel like you have a newborn all over again.

Anonymous said...

I can absolutely relate to you this week Callie! I think our baby girls are around the same age! My girl was born mid-december 2012. Her first teeth popped through last week, so that explained some things, but she's still not sleeping through the night or napping much. We're thinking growth spurt? Maybe it's the same with your girl too? Hang in there!!

la petite lulu said...

This is a really encouraging post - thank you mama :)

Robin said...

Great devotional Callie! Very thought provoking verse ! Praise God our Father for sending us Jesus Christ his Son to be our Savior!

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