I could approach “emotional rest” with a serious tone, but I’m pretty sure I’ve posted my share of heavy weighted topics for the week.
I could spill the dramatic contents of my heart all over this page.
I could wrap a crazy stay-at-home mom story around an important biblical truth.
I could go all theological on y’all right now.
I’ve decided to peel back the layers of sass and get right to the nitty-gritty.
What gives me emotional rest?
My best de-frazzling solution for emotions bubbling out of control is a hot bath overflowing with lavender salts and sudsy soaps. But my emotional rest retreat wouldn’t be complete without my Ipad propped up against the tile wall playing re-runs of Francis Chan’s greatest sermon bites. I know that may sound a little stalker-ish but seriously, that’s what I do.
So, when I re-emerge back into life after my bathtub getaway, I don’t feel like strangling anyone. I say things like, “That’s nice hunny. Oh, you spilled chocolate milk on the carpet again? Well, let me grab my Resolve and scrub that right up. Oh look, another load of laundry? I’d better start folding!”
No crooked smile.
Just un-hurried grace.
Just a rejuvenated soul ready take on what everybody else is dishing out.
“…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,” Ephesians 5:25-26 (NIV).
Long drawn out soap-filled-moments in the tub, bring not only emotional rest but physical cleanliness. It’s a two for one deal.
But if we are looking for a little spiritual cleansing, look no further than Ephesians 5:25-26. Christ purifies us by the washing with water through the word. The thought of Christ washing away the stain of our sin through the word is a beautiful picture of love and sacrifice. Don’t you agree?
So, the moral of this story is ~ When mama is clean, comfy, and calm both mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually everybody else will get their emotional rest too!
What about you? How do you get emotional rest? How does God slow you down in the blur of life?