I'm not much of a sleeper. Not that I don't need to sleep. I like to keep busy, always working on something. When the kids go to bed, that's when I usually go to work! But there are times when the hands need to stop working. It's time to call it quits for the day and go to bed. Just like I need to make Jonathan go to bed every night (he'd stay up all day if he could), God reminds me that I need to take some time to rest.
One of my favorite times every day is peeking in on my kids after tucking them in and taking a few moments before I turn in to watch them sleeping peacefully and soundly. I imagine the Lord watches us in the same way through the night. Yes, it is good to rest.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the gift of work. But thank You also for the gift of rest. You tell us that You grant sleep to those You love (Ps. 127:2). When I strive to do everything on my own strength, I will burn out. All that I do would be in vain without You, even if they are all very good things (Ps. 127:1).
I pray that my children will not learn from my example. Teach us all to take time to rest, to accept Your invitation to come to You, for You give rest for our souls (Matt. 11:28-30). Sometimes the work seems way too heavy. I pray that we may learn to turn first to You, for You are able to ease the burden and keep things in perspective.
Lord, when my children lie down to sleep, I pray that they will sleep in peace, for you alone make us to dwell in safety (Ps. 4:8). As we settle down, I pray that You will help us to know Your great delight in us as Your children, which is not based on our work, but on our worth in Christ. For all the things that are still undone, teach us how to trust You for them. Let us allow You to quiet our hearts with Your love, that we may hear You rejoicing over us with singing. (Zeph. 3:17). May we find rest, true rest in You alone, for our hope comes from You (Ps.62:5). In Jesus' name, Amen.
Part 6 of a series: A Mother's Hands, A Mother's Prayer