When I read the phrase ‘one of those days’ I can usually figure out what tone the author is using behind those words, can’t you? Well, I had one of those days today. I didn’t get much sleep the night before, but for some reason my kids were acting like they were the ones lacking sleep instead. I even skipped trying to do anything and just stayed in the room they were playing in to help diffuse the tension. They woke up easily and were their happy little selves, but everything just went down hill when Ella found her little glittery purple wand (the kind that has glittery water in the middle of the tube that moves back and forth depending on the angle you move it to) leaking. It was cracked and we had to throw it away. Instant tears and distress ensued and she just didn’t seem to want to ‘get over it’ very quickly. Then Ezra decided that he needed to be sad too and pretended to cry over something. YOu know….it was just one of those days…
I actually just started opening up a picture book and began reading to them. I knew that all of my scolding wasn’t really going to be heard at that moment, so I figured my voice would be accepted quickly if it were reading a story. We read book after book for 45 minutes straight. Ezra had to move, but Ella was perfectly content.
Soon after we had lunch and before they even were excused from the table, Ella declared that she was done and was going to go get ready for Quiet Time (I had not said those words out loud, yet). Instantly, Ezra stated he was “Done, Mommy! Nap!” and he asked me to wash his hands. They were in their respective rooms experiencing Nap and Quiet Times in under 30 minutes. I.Was.Amazed! They BOTH recognized that they needed a break. They’re 5 and 2.
It was startling to me, but I was so relieved that they understood the need for rest. I don’t listen to my own needs and recognize when I need rest very well. Do you? I know I’m tired, but I talk myself out of resting because of the pile of chores and tasks I should be accomplishing. But, I need to admit something here. I usually don’t get much accomplished when I’m this exhausted. I think I’m going to try to be more like my kids and put myself in Quiet Time more often. I need to rest and listen to what God is telling me about myself. Do you have Quiet Time regularly?? How do you spend it?
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.