Are you a parent feeling overwhelmed during quarantine?
This week I did a Facebook Live event focusing on our silent superheroes. This one goes out to stay-at-home moms and dads, who might be feeling a little over-worked and overwhelmed during this quarantine season. Your kids have been home for a long time and, on top of the normal day-to-day responsibilities, many of you have to add schoolteacher to the list. It’s like telling someone who already has a full-time job to add another one to the mix.
I got a small taste of what it was like to stay at home when my daughter was a toddler, and it was hard work. I sure wasn’t sitting on the sofa eating bon-bons all day. My hair might have looked like I was sleeping on the couch all day, but that’s only because I was actively pulling it out. Kudos to those of you who do it for years on end. God bless you all.
With what’s going on right now, there’s no break. No one is leaving the house, so that little bit of time you used to count on to maintain your sanity no longer feels like an option. To those of you in this situation, bearing the extra burdens, feeling like you can’t make another bowl of mac and cheese, and finding your only quality time in the bathroom, I want to offer you something simple.
Permission to rest.
Genesis 2:2 says, “By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all his work.”
God sets the standard. He provides the example. He IS the example. Whatever He asks us to do, He does first. I can’t imagine how much work it was to bring the world as we know it into existence. Clearly it was exhausting, because God rested when He was finished. My guess is, He really didn’t need to rest, but He knows us. He knows our human condition. He knows we don’t have His stamina. So, like a good parent, He became the example for us.
Loved One, I know you might be tired, and I know you might not feel like you don’t have time to rest, but it’s so important that you do. There’s a reason God gives us the instructions He does within His Word. It’s important we take the leading God is giving us.
I have a friend, and she has a white chair. Her kids know that when she’s sitting in that white chair, she’s spending time with Jesus and they can’t disturb her. I know this takes time and conditioning, but maybe you need a white chair. It’s okay to let the basket of clean laundry sit for a few more minutes... or a few more days if you need it. Just tell the kids to root around in it – there’s a pair of clean underwear in there somewhere. They will probably be fine.
For now, go easy on yourself, and let’s you and I be the example to them. Let’s sit in our proverbial white chairs and spend some quality time with Jesus. I’ve included some Scriptures to help you on your way.
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