Listen up!

Do you ever have days when it seems all you are doing is checking things off the list? Or you mentally think about the week ahead and all you can think is, “I need a nap”?

Its four weeks into the new school year and I’ll be honest, I’m exhausted. And its not my students that are exhausting me as they can sometimes do. Its the constant loooong list of things to do at work, at home, after work, on the weekends, in the next five minutes. My classroom has gotten into an amazing grove, students are progressing, and data is being collected {it needs some work}, but I still need to update the Excel goal spread sheet, create next month’s newsletter, write another IEP, then go to a BTSA meeting {remind me why I decided to be a Support Provider? Oh right, God told me to}, and review the CAPTAIN report rubric.

And please, lets not get started on the list of things to do at home! Fix the fence, build a fence around the air conditioner {oh I love my puppy!}, decorate for the holidays {this one is going to wait because I’m really not ready for Fall}, clean, do laundry, and workout. My mind is telling me I really need the workout so I’ll feel better and have the energy I need to keep checking things off the list.  But another part of my mind is telling me to just rest and be still and that putting off those things for one more day will be okay because being still for just a moment is really what I need.  Yesterday I chose to listen to my body that was screaming for rest and relaxation {after I came home from a meeting and finished the baby shower gift}. And I’m so glad I did. I cozied up in my new favorite sweatshirt, watched some Monday Night Football, and went to bed before the game was over because I needed it. It was great!

How often do we push aside the things our bodies and hearts are telling us we need because we need to get just one more thing done? And how often does that result in us feeling run-down or overwhelmed? Angry or irritated? Sick? More than we would like to admit. And how often does the first thing to get pushed aside is time with Jesus? Don’t worry you don’t need to raise your hand; no public shaming here. Because it happens. We think that things are going great and we’re busy, and well Jesus knows that so it will be okay if I don’t spend time with Him. Jesus will understand why I set aside my quiet time to get another load of laundry folded or an IEP written. But the thing is, it is in those moments when He is calling to us. Calling us to rest in His presence. Calling us to ask Him for help to get it all done. And when we do, when we listen, really listen, to what our souls need and heed to that calling, that we will feel refreshed, energized, and at peace about the never-ending to-do list.

Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”                      {Matthew 11:28-30}

Isn’t that a relief? We can go to Jesus and lay it all down! And then find rest! Now I’m not saying throw your to-do list out the window, neglect your responsibilities and be a couch potato, but take that list to Jesus. Ask Him to help you prioritize. Ask Him for help and energy to get it all done. Ask Him to help you say no if you need to. And above all, ask Him to give you a desire and the time to spend with Him. 10 minutes of prayer will do wonders for your soul. 20 minutes in the Word can alter your attitude. 30 minutes of worship will enliven your spirit.

So listen up! And obey the call to be still.




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