So, lately, I have not really known how to feel about the weekend. Most people are so excited for Friday night to come that they start counting down on Wednesday or Thursday. We all have heard the phrase, "Well, we're over the hump! The weekend's almost here!"
That's great if you feel that way, but I really don't. I do enjoy not setting an alarm to get the kids up and around for school. That part is nice. And the kids are home so there is usually no where to rush off to in the morning. But, on the other hand, the kids are all home.
I sound like a crabby mom, but Friday nights and Saturdays are hard for my kids. They are completely exhausted from school. Most Friday evenings are spent consoling my kindergarten daughter, telling her, "Yes, let's just put you to bed!"
The last Friday this happened, I had the brilliant idea that it should be bath night. That was a terrible idea, actually. My daughter just stood in the shower FOREVER! I asked why she was taking so long, and it was because, "I am just so tired!" (Read that with the sound of someone bawling in your head and you will have the full effect.)
After the kids spend Saturday doing quality, imaginative playing, fighting, going outside, and doing countless art projects, my house looks like a zoo. Sunday is a rush from church to lunch to naps and to getting ready for the next week of school.
So, yes, when the weekend is over, I need another weekend to recover! I need a weekend to get over my weekend!
There has been a verse this past week that has been speaking to me so much. And I'm so thankful for those little verses that God points out, because they are my means of recovery. God's word is refreshing and relaxing. "How sweet are your words to me; they are sweeter than honey" (Psalm 119:103).
The truth that God has given my to cling to lately is found in John 6:29. "Jesus told them, 'This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one He has sent.'"
In our busy lives, we often feel ourselves straining and striving. We try to keep up with our busy families. We try to be involved and volunteer and donate. We try to engage our kids in enriching activities. We try and we try and we try some more.
But God says, "You don't have to try with me. There is only one thing I ask of you." God' only work that He requires of us is that we believe in the one He sent. We must believe in Jesus. That's it. That's all we need to do to be right with God.
Now, don't get me wrong, God loves it when we serve in His name. But that serving should come out of the overflow of our hearts. And that comes with maturity and growth as a believer.
You may not believe me, but Jesus said so. And for further proof, I offer another scene from the Bible. As Jesus was hanging on the cross, He was surrounded by two criminals. These men had done terrible things and deserved punishment. One mocked Jesus, refusing to acknowledge that He was the Son of God. But the other criminal knew that Jesus had done nothing wrong. He feared God and he knew who Jesus was.
He said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom." And Jesus replied, "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:42-43).
Notice that Jesus did not tell the criminal to first go get baptized and teach a Sunday school class and then come back and they'd talk. No, the belief of the criminal was enough. Jesus accepted him into His kingdom because he believed. That's all it took.
And that's all it takes for us. I'm so thankful that God does not add a to-do list when we follow Him. He works on us and gives us the heart to serve Him, but actions and striving are not what He wants.
So as I work to recover from the weekend, I am so thankful that I don't have to work for God. He just wants our hearts and our true faith in Jesus, the one He sent. And to me, that is a breath of fresh air!
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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